A new report has suggested that the PS5 console has experienced the biggest ever launch for a console in the United Kingdom.
As reported by VGC, several publishing sources with knowledge of Sony PlayStation’s sales figures have claimed that the sales for the new PS5 console in the UK “far exceeded” those of the PS4. The last-gen console, which launched back in 2013, previously held the record for biggest console launch in the UK after selling 250,000 units within the first 48 hours.
What’s more, insiders suggest that the more expensive disc drive edition was the more popular PS5 model, accounting for around two-thirds of all sales.
VGC’s report also states that the PS5 outsold the Xbox Series X and S consoles in the United Kingdom, which sold around 155,000 units on launch day. Unfortunately, PlayStation has not yet shared any official sales figures so we’re going to need to take this with a grain of salt.
The news comes after PlayStation’s official Twitter account issued a statement describing its worldwide launch as the “biggest” ever and informing followers that more stock would be available within the coming weeks. The full tweet reads:
“We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever. Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.”
Unfortunately, the PS5 and Xbox Series console launches have been plagued by problems. Many users across the UK faced delays in the delivery of their consoles while others reportedly had theirs stolen during delivery.
Many customers who pre-ordered from Amazon reported having received pet food and other household goods instead of the consoles. Meanwhile, both Sony PlayStation and Microsoft are experiencing supply constraints, making it harder to meet customer demand and release more consoles.
Of the people who received PS5’s around the world, several are reporting various crashes and errors, with some being so bad they’ve had to send their PS5 console back to Sony for repair. Information on the different PS5 bugs and errors and how you can potentially avoid them can be found here.
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