PS5 Pre-Order Sales Beat First 12 Weeks of PS4 Pre-Orders in 12 Hours

Published: October 27, 2020 3:22 PM /


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PS5 pre-order sales have apparently been pretty good. They've been so good, in fact, that SIE CEO Jim Ryan has said that the pre-orders have beat the first 12 weeks of overall PS4 pre-orders in just 12 hours.

There's just over two weeks to go until the launch of the next generation of console gaming with the Xbox Series X debuting on November 10, 2020, and the PS5 debuting two days later on November 12, 2020. Each of these consoles have their appeal, and it shows through the sheer inability to purchase either console due to high demand. Now, Sony's Jim Ryan has revealed that the PS5 has had "very, very considerable demand"

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Uncertainty from Analysts Amongst PS5 Pre-Order Sales

As Reuters reports, a recent interview with Jim Ryan claims that PS5 pre-order sales have surpassed the first 12 weeks of PS4 pre-orders in just 12 hours. More than a million PS4 pre-orders were made by late October 2013 and 5.3 million PS4 consoles had been sold in its first three months. Notably, this was before the console launched in its home country of Japan.

What does that mean for the PS5? In short, PS5 pre-order sales have likely surpassed 1 million units before its worldwide launch. That wouldn't be surprising, especially considering that PS5 pre-orders on Amazon and at European retailers have been delayed for many customers.

"The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been has been very, very considerable," Ryan said to Reuters.

These are certainly good numbers, but not all analysts are optimistic about the outcome. Tweaktown reports on some sales predictions, with the lower end of the estimates at 67.3 million units by 2024 and the higher end of estimates at 300 million in the next 5–6 years. There's also a somewhat more absurd estimate of 600–700 million units highlighted on ResetEra. Sony's own estimates predict 120–170 million PS5 console sales from now until 2025.

Ampere Analysis, in particular, has one of the more relevant predictions — it believed that Sony would move 5 million units in 2020 alone. 

Correction: This story originally incorrectly referred to the first 12 weeks of PS4 post-launch sales rather than the first 12 weeks of PS4 pre-order sales. We apologize for the error and have corrected it above.

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