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PlayStation 5 sales drop: only two million consoles sold in the first three months of 2021

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In a post on LinkedIn, Chandrashekar Raju, who is the director of engineering at Sony PlayStation, wrote that the company has sold 6.5 million PlayStation 5 to date. Based on the last financial report, as of 31 December 2020, 4.5 million units of PlayStation 5 were sold. But last year this volume was sold, in fact, in a month and a half (sales, we recall, started on November 12), and this has already passed three. It turns out that in half the time, Sony sold half the number of consoles.

Obviously, sales are falling, but not at all due to the fact that demand has fallen: on the contrary, new PS5 batches are scattering in different countries like hot cakes. The problem is in production: TSMC is loaded with orders to the full, but even so, it is not able to provide the output of AMD SoCs – the key components of the PS5 – at a level that would eliminate the shortage.

It is also interesting that the PlayStation 5 was initially sold by Sony at a loss. If the company was going to compensate for it with sales of both consoles and games, then so far this plan is hardly realizable. It is likely that Sony will sell the PlayStation 5 at a loss until the shortage is eliminated. And he, according to forecasts, will last until the third quarter of this year.

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