PS5 Has Reached Another Sales Milestone in the UK

PS5 Has Reached Another Sales Milestone in the UK

Sony's PS5 has set a new sales record, but it's probably not what you're expecting. Despite ongoing supply shortages, Sony's new-generation console has surpassed the Nintendo 64 in lifetime sales in the United Kingdom. The PS5 is closing the gap on the Game Boy Advance, although it still lags behind the PS4.

According to CEO Christopher Dring, the PS5 isn't the only console to outsell an earlier Nintendo platform throughout its lifespan sales. "A few months ago," the Xbox Series X|S surpassed the GameCube. Although no specific sales statistics were disclosed, Dring feels that if console stock were more readily accessible, "we'd be witnessing some significant record-breaking here."

Sony's most recent official numbers indicated that 17.3 million PS5 systems shipped globally on December 31, 2021. It's a slower rate than the PS4, which sold three million more units in the same period, but demand is undoubtedly high.

Because of the current worldwide semiconductor problem, we've witnessed major hardware shortages across the industry due to the Covid-19 epidemic, which has hit Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and a slew of other companies.

Sony lowered the PS5's sales prediction during its third fiscal quarter earnings in February. At the time, Sony's chief financial officer, Hiroki Totoki, predicted that two million PS5 devices would be supplied between January and March 2022, a 1.3 million reduction from 2021. Totoki predicted that these shortages would endure until next year but that the pandemic's influence would otherwise fade.

The Xbox Series X stock issue appears to be gone, with more devices hitting digital and physical shelves in recent months. This seems to be owing to an investment made by Microsoft in April of last year to prioritize chip manufacture at several factories. In March, the increased stock helped the Xbox Series X|S outsell the PS5 in the United Kingdom.

Numbers Aren't Everything

We still have a sweet place for Nintendo's throwback console, the N64, and it's just enjoyed a revival on Switch. The Nintendo Switch Online service includes N64 (and Sega Mega Drive) titles as part of a new membership package, the Expansion Pack, in October 2021. The emulation hasn't always been flawless, but we've seen significant improvements in recent releases.

The game library begins with a collection of oldies such as Star Fox 64, Super Mario 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, Nintendo has released one new game every month, with recent releases including Paper Mario, Majora's Mask, and F-Zero X. The next title in the Expansion Pack, as revealed earlier today, is the original Mario Golf, which will be released on April 15.

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Jessica Vieira is ProductReviews's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology.