As already underlined in the latest round of NPD results in the US, Sony has a serious headache when it comes to ps5 stocks – or lack thereof. While things have ironically started to pick up in recent days, the dream of transitioning PS4 gamers at an “unprecedented pace” now seems long dead. With billion-dollar Microsoft also pulling a few billion from its couch back to buy publishers like Bethesda and Activision-Blizzard, the road ahead looks rocky for PlayStation and its position of dominance.
And after a strong start to the generation, the stock market issue is now Really catch up with the PS5. Speaking as part of a corporate chest-thumping meeting, Microsoft bigwig Satya Nadella explained that his company’s newest console has “bought worldwide share for two quarters in a row and [was] the market leader this quarter among next-gen consoles in the US, Canada, the UK and Western Europe.” Executive Speak™ translation: Xbox Series X|S has outsold PS5, not Nintendo Switch, in select countries for the past two quarters in a row.
Since Microsoft no longer reports hardware sales figures, it’s unlikely we’ll ever know how many plus consoles that actually sold. However, with Sony releasing blockbuster exclusive titles like Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 in the last quarter alone, this isn’t exactly the result I would have hoped for. The reality is that it is producing as many consoles as it can and it is still falling short. Things, it’s probably fair to say, are not goes according to plan, largely through no fault of his own.