On November 12, 2020, the PlayStation 5 was released in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. In the case of recreational software, the time has come for the first assessment.
The first year of the PS5 won’t go quite according to plan. A certain crowned virus will in fact have taken hold of the cogs of production, still not returning to a profit. And if we can’t help having a moving thought for consumers tirelessly trying to get one, the machine still sold 13.4 million copies as of September 30, 2021. A reason for satisfaction for Sony, which is accompanied by other numbers.
Surprise on PS5?
Jim Ryan, head of Sony Ineractive Entertainment, spoke about the PlayStation blog to congratulate us on these last 12 months. So, as he remembers, very dense months:
So much has happened in just one year since we lit up landmarks and other iconic locations around the world to celebrate the arrival of the PS5. Incredible games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal and Deathloop have been released. SIE has taken over the talented development studios Bluepoint Games, Firesprite, Housemarque and Nixxes. We introduced our next generation VR system for PS5. And recently we revealed exciting new footage and information on upcoming titles like God of War Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West, all from PlayStation Studios, and announced the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic September storefront.
A busy year indeed, and we’re just getting started with the PS5. The imaginative game developers and publishing partners we work with have released over 360 games for PS5. In addition, there are currently over 25 games in development for PS5 at PlayStation Studios.
The biggest console launch deserves talking about games too. And Ryan provides some interesting data. First playing time: 4.6 billion collecting hours. Either the time of the queue when an online shop replenishes stock. Then online broadcasts: 26 million hours streamed.
Finally, there is a ranking. One of the most played games on PS5 since its launch. A top 10 that was established between November 12, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that will get people talking:
- Fourteen days
- Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
- FIFA 21
- NBA 2K21
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Fate 2
- MLB The Show 21
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Demon souls
- NBA 2K22
Nothing particularly surprising. The usual perpetrators, including two house exclusives. And it should be noted that the last quote wasn’t published until September 9th. Given this list, we can imagine the success Take-Two Interactive mentioned earlier. It will be interesting to repeat the accounts over the next year. When multiple titles have arrived. And that a certain GTA V, for example, will be next-gen. At random, of course.