High demand for PlayStation 5 pre-orders
Sony is pleased as punch with the number of PlayStation 5 pre-orders, and demand remains high despite Microsoft’s Xbox Series X push.
“The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been very, very considerable,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan. The PlayStation 4 has sold over 110 million units, and Sony hopes to persuade a considerable proportion of those customers to upgrade to the PlayStation 5.
Short supply: “It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one,” added Ryan, but Sony is “working as hard as we ever can” to increase supply.
Sales boom: The COVID-19 pandemic has been surprisingly beneficial for the games industry, with big increases in both hardware and software sales – although many game studios have had to delay games while adapting to teams working from home. This could mean a dearth of new games after the next-generation consoles launch.