In a nutshell: The PlayStation Four has hit one other milestone, promoting 110.Four million items throughout its lifetime. That means the PS4 stays in fourth place on the record of best-selling consoles of all time, nevertheless it’s edging ever nearer to the Game Boy/Game Boy Color’s 118.6 million gross sales. Sony revealed the determine in its fiscal 2019 earnings report, the place it additionally confirmed the PS5 was on observe to launch this vacation season.

We discovered again in January 2019 that the PS4’s lifetime gross sales had been closing in on the 100 million mark, passing that quantity in July of the identical 12 months. In February 2020, Sony stated 108.9 million items had been shifted, however with the PlayStation 5 quick approaching, gross sales have been declining: 25 p.c over the past vacation season.

In the three-month interval that ended on March 31st, 2020, Sony stated it bought 1.5 million consoles of all configurations, which incorporates the PS4 Pro. Despite the uptick in European gross sales due to the lockdowns, that determine is down from the two.6 million consoles bought throughout the identical interval final 12 months. The April 2019 – March 2020 fiscal 12 months gross sales, in the meantime, declined by 4.2 million.

Sony: PS4 sales pass 110 million but are slowing, PS5 won't be delayed

The PlayStation 5’s arrival has been a giant explanation for Sony’s lower in console and recreation gross sales, with many avid gamers preferring to hold on to their cash till the next-gen machine arrives.

Covid-19 disruption has brought on concern that each the PS5 and Xbox Series X may very well be delayed, however AMD, which offers {hardware} for each machines, says this received’t occur. In the case of the PS5, Sony says we will anticipate it this vacation season.

“Regarding the launch of PlayStation 5, although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international travel have presented some challenges in regards to part of the testing process and the qualification of production lines, development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season,” Sony says in its report. “At this point in time major problems have not arisen in the game software development pipeline for Sony’s own first-party studios or its partners’ studios.”

A current job itemizing advised the PS5 would launch this October, however Sony insists the date was an error on the a part of the recruitment web site.

Covid-19 won’t be the one downside Sony has to take care of. It’s been reported that the value of the PS5 may very well be as excessive as $550, and that Microsoft is ready for the corporate to disclose the MSRP, at which level it’ll uncut its rival by pricing the Xbox Series X $100 cheaper.