PlayStation 5 launch is officially the biggest console launch in history

    
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The PlayStation 5 has a lot to recommend it. It has backwards compatibility with a good library of games. It’s rather nice to look at. It has current games. It makes you feel like you’ve gotten a rare toy. For all those reasons and more, it has apparently managed to surpass the sales of its immediate predecessor, the PlayStation 4. That means that not only does the console apparently have the biggest launch in the history of the brand, it’s also the biggest console launch ever.

Keep in mind that we don’t yet know exact numbers; the announcement made by the official Twitter simply states that it’s bigger than the PS4, which sold 2.1 million units during its launch window. That could mean the PS5 moved 2.2 million or 4.2 million, really. There’s also the promise of more availability moving forward, so if you’re one of the people who has yet to be able to get a PS5, take heart that it’s temporary.

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Apparently the 110k-ish PS5 shipped in Japan is sold out (a few lotteries still on-going), and over 70k of this is up for re-sale by scalpers and whatnots. I keep failing the damn lottery sales, and then keep seeing them go up on re-sale sites for twice the price…

On the good side, I did get a controller and a charging station.

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Sorenthaz

Cool, I wonder if I’ll ever have a reason to buy one. For me with the PS4 the only games I own on it are the Kingdom Hearts series, the four Super Robot Wars titles (OGs 2nd: Moon Dwellers, V, X, and T) that got English translations, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. I pretty much kept it to a very small list with games that I can’t grab on PC.

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Arktouros

Pretty sure any console you throw out there these days will be their best sold console ever. Microsoft is saying the same thing for their console as well. Both are entirely sold out. Like unless it’s something like a real dud of a release, it’ll probably be fine.

Personally pretty sweet on my Xbox Series X. It’s basically just a straight up better Xbox One. Same familiar UI. Same games. Just everything runs way better. Destiny 2 loads just as fast as my PC now and it’s amazing. I always read all this “What are you going to even play?” and I’m baffled cause I’d play exact same games I was already playing just even better. Even then that addition of EA Play to Game Pass is staggering in the amount of games it adds now.

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James Balmer

Yeah, it’s the sales numbers after 2-5 years after release that matter. The Switch didn’t have the best launch, but it’s set to outsell the PS4 and Xbox One soon.

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Paragon Lost

I’ll leave this here.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/11/xbox-series-x-s-vs-playstation-5-our-launch-month-verdict/

Personally if I were buying a console gaming rig I’d X-Box X for various reasons and avoid the Xbox-S and the PS5. The library size and backward compatibly of the XBox is better than the PS5 as well.

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Pandalulz

Personally, in a few years I’ll buy a PS5 for the same reason I’ve bought every other Playstation before it (hopefully a smaller version). For me it’ll always be the weird-ass 3rd-party exclusives, the stuff from Sega-Atlus, Level-5, Xseed, Falcom, Compile, Squenix, etc. I could buy an XBSX, but it would be for backward compatibility on a bunch of games I didn’t really want to play the first time around either. I admit a few more of those weird games are actually starting to come around to PC or even XBox, but that’s the reason I’ve always end up with Sony in the beforetimes.

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Jack Pipsam

A lot of the Japanese third-part exclusives don’t ever really need to be as Sony isn’t putting money into them, we’re seeing more coming over to Xbox and I hope that Yakuza has done well enough to ensure the platform is supported going forwards.

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Arktouros
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Paragon Lost

That’s one of the strong reasons on my list. 😜

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James Balmer

Gamepass is the reason I’m going with Xbox over PS this time around. It’s the best deal in gaming!

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Jon Wax

It’s got no games. Best tech on a console ever. Nothing to play on it.

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James Balmer

Xbox Series X has better tech. Still no games on that either though.

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XanadoX

It’s hard to believe that PS5 is the biggest console launch in history. Sony just claims it’s the best playstation console launch ever.

How many days are they counting? Because half of them were sold the 12th and the other half the 19th

Each day without PS5 makes it harder to believe that they can claim this launch is better than PS4’s launch.

One think it’s clear, they made a mistake with the price.

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BalsBigBrother

https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/11/uk_scalper_group_claims_its_snagged_3500_ps5_consoles

As much as I would like a PS5 I am not going to pay over the odds from cockwombles like the abovementioned.

Don’t buy from scalpers be patient and buy from reputable retailer . DON’T BUY FROM SCALPERS.

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XanadoX

Don’t buy from scalpers, just think if you would be able to return your console if it has any problem (noise, graphics artifacts, …) .

You will be forced to RMA if you are lucky enough to have a proof of purchase.

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Hikari Kenzaki

“We’d like to thank the bots for buying up every available console we put online.”

Not to say the PS5 isn’t great, but not every purchase was by an end user. Not by a long shot.

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Ir1shguy

Was thinking the exact same thing but I doubt anything will be done to figure out the impact of scalpers since its still a sale for them, same for any console release.