PlayStation 5 passes 30 million units sold, and the basic shortfall is even more so

Sony has announced that its PlayStation 5 console has now passed over 30 million units sold, and the console shortage is now basically over.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan revealed the new number at Sony’s technology conference CES, and it’s five million more than the 25 million figure revealed two months earlier on November 1.

“We really appreciate the PlayStation community’s support and patience as we have successfully met unprecedented demand amid global challenges over the past two years,” said Ryan.

“The PS5 offering improved at the end of last year, and I’m happy to share that December was our biggest month ever for PS5 hardware sales and that we’ve now sold over 30 million units to consumers around the world.”

Confident that the supply issues are now completely resolved, Ryan added that “anyone who wants a PS5 should have an easier time finding one at a retailer globally, from this point on.”

A crippling shortage of semiconductor chips has seriously restricted the creation of new PS5 consoles, but that hasn’t stopped the PS5 from surpassing 20 million units sold as of June 2021, at which point Sony CEO Veronica Rogers announced that the company was “Plans on Major Ramp-up in PS5 Production”.

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Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN and UK news editor. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.

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