Sony is anticipating the PS5’s initial sales to outsell the PS4

“We think the PS5 will sell more”

With the PlayStation 5 just around the corner, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO has said that he believes the console’s initial sales will outpace the PS4.

During an interview with South Korean site Naver, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said that he believes the PS5 will outdo the PS4. For comparison, when the PS4 launched back in November 2013, the overall sales within the first fiscal year accumulated to 7million total units.

“We think the PS5 will sell more in its first fiscal year than it sold in the first fiscal year at the time of PS4 launch,” Ryan said. The fiscal year for SIE ends in April, meaning that Ryan believes the PS5 will reach over 7million total units sold before that time.”

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Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO. Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

“It is difficult to talk about the overall game market or other game consoles, but I think the value is obvious in the case of the PS5,” Ryan added. “We’ll excite fans around the world with the best exclusive games on the market today and deliver a truly next-generation device experience that will captivate them.”

The console will launch in two forms: a standard edition for £449/US$499, and a digital-only version for £359/US$399. Sony is also ramping up the price for some of its first-party games, making the leap from the current standard of US$60 to US$70. Titles such as Demon’s Souls and Godfall will be priced accordingly on the release date.

Despite expecting strong sales, the PS5 Digital Edition is reportedly running at a much lower quantity than its standard counterpart. Some retailers have claimed that their allocation has barely reached a maximum of 25 per cent.

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