In a post on LinkedIn, Chandrashekar Raju, the director of engineering at Sony PlayStation, wrote that the company had sold 6.5 million PlayStation 5 to date. Based on the last financial report, as of 31 December 2020, 4.5 million PlayStation 5 were sold. But last year, this volume was sold, in fact, in a month and a half (sales, we recall, started on November 12), which has already passed three. It turns out that in half the time, Sony sold half the number of consoles.

PlayStation 5 sales drop: only two million consoles sold in the first three months of 2021

Obviously, sales are falling, but not because demand has fallen: on the contrary, new PS5 batches are scattering in different countries like hotcakes. The problem is in production: TSMC is loaded with orders to the full, but even so, it cannot provide the output of AMD SoCs – the key components of the PS5 – at a level that would eliminate the shortage.

PlayStation 5 sales drop: only two million consoles sold in the first three months of 2021

It is also interesting that Sony initially sold the PlayStation 5 at a loss. If the company was going to compensate for it with sales of both consoles and games, then so far, this plan is hardly realizable. Sony will likely sell the PlayStation 5 at a loss until the shortage is eliminated. And he, according to forecasts, will last until the third quarter of this year.

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