PS5 pre-orders: Sony sold as many ‘in the first 12 hours in the United States as in the first 12 weeks’ for PlayStation 4
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PS5 pre-orders: Sony sold as many ‘in the first 12 hours in the United States as in the first 12 weeks’ for PlayStation 4

Alex Kane
28 October 2020

The PS5’s in high demand this holiday.

On Tuesday, Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan told Reuters that the PS5 had moved as many units in the first 12 hours of its pre-order window as the PlayStation 4 sold in 12 weeks.

That’s impressive, but with Spider-Man: Miles Morales as a launch title — alongside a Demon’s Souls remake and the promise of other big first-party titles in the next year or two — it’s almost expected. Especially in this time of a pandemic, where most are spending their leisure time at home.

“The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been very, very considerable,” Ryan said.

“It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one.”

Sony’s consoles have had a string of blockbuster hits in a recent years with games like God of War, The Last of Us Part 2, Uncharted 4, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more.

“We think that if gamers are making a decision on a piece of hardware that is going to last them for several years, they want certainty,” Ryan said recently.

“They want certainty that it’s going to be future-proofed. They want certainty that when it comes [time] to upgrade their television to a 4K version, for example, that PS5 will be completely compatible.”

The PlayStation 5 hits shelves on November 12.

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