PS5 console sales are up an impressive 81 per cent year-over-year in the UK so far, reflecting Sony’s ability to overcome manufacturing issues which have plagued the platform since launch. Component shortages enforced by the coronavirus pandemic led to severe stock issues, but those problems have since been overcome, and the Japanese giant has flooded the market with machines.
The results are particularly impressive when compared to PlayStation’s peers: the Nintendo Switch – now admittedly in its twilight years – is down eight per cent year-over-year, while the Xbox Series X|S is down 19 per cent compared to 2022. Despite these positive results for Sony, the system slipped 23 per cent month-on-month in May 2023, and actually posted a lower number than during the same period last year.
In fact, powered by the record-breaking release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the Nintendo Switch actually ended PS5’s four-month run at the top of the UK hardware charts, with sales of the hybrid hardware increasing 28 per cent year-over-year. Of course, this slight lull for the PS5 is likely to be reversed soon, as there are rumours of a hardware refresh arriving in September.