European PS5 sales in January were reportedly up 200% year-over-year
Sony’s console is benefitting from more readily available stock in key markets
European PlayStation 5 sales in January 2023 were reportedly over three times higher than during the same period a year earlier.
That’s according to GamesIndustry.biz head Chris Dring, who also said on Monday that Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X/S sales last month were down year-over-year.
“Across European markets in January, PS5 sales are up 202% compared with the year before (when there were big stock shortages),” he tweeted.
“PS5 was the No.1 console last month, Switch falls to No.2 (sales down 11% compared with Jan 2022), while Xbox Series S and X are No.3 (sales down 32%).”
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Last month, Sony signalled that PS5’s long battle with supply issues was finally over, and the company has said it expects the console to double PS4’s shipment record for the first three months of a calendar year.
UK PS5 sales in January 2023 were double those of a year earlier, while in Japan the console has just enjoyed its biggest sales week since launch.
And on Monday, market research firm the NPD Group reported that PS5 led US console sales in January.
During Sony’s CES showcase in January, SIE president Jim Ryan claimed December was PS5’s biggest sales month yet, and that increased availability means more consumers can now purchase the console following long-running supply issues.
“PS5 supply improved towards the end of last year, and I’m happy to share that December was the biggest month ever for PS5 console sales, and that we’ve now sold more than 30 million units through to consumers worldwide,” he said. “Everyone who wants a PS5 should have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally starting from this point forward.”