Multiple sources have reported that the PlayStation 5 was the biggest console launch ever in the UK, and the hardware generally set a sales record in Europe.
Confirming what we’ve heard before, Video Games Chronicle’s publishing sources have said that PS5 counts far surpassed PS4’s 250,000 units in the first 48 hours. However, no specific figures were provided. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and S sold 155,000 units on launch day in the UK. VGC’s sources also revealed that the higher-end disc version of the PS5 was the console of choice for buyers in the country.
Separately, VG Chartz claims that PS5 has set a sales record across Europe according to its estimates. Sony’s new console reportedly sold around 723,341 units in the region during its launch week, surpassing PS4’s 706,948 units. The Xbox Series X / S has sold 82,073 units in Europe so far.
The estimates for America are a bit different, where the Xbox Series X / S appears to have gotten past the PS5 with around 150,908 units sold at launch compared to Sony’s 142,081 units. In terms of global estimates, the PS5 far outstrips the Xbox Series X / S as expected.
Take these estimates with a grain of salt, as Sony has not released any official figures yet and the reliability of VG Chartz has been questioned in the past. It’s also worth noting that limited inventory has understandably impacted sales this year. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S remain in shortage, which is expected to last until early 2021.
As usual, we will update our readers when we have more information on sales.