PlayStation is doing very well, and Sony is ready to prove it with some impressive numbers.
PlayStation players spend 50,000 years a week playing on PlayStation Network. With 60 million PS4s sold, Sony averages that each owner puts in about seven hours a week. These are impressive numbers, and highlight just how important digital is becoming. PSN sales grew 47% year-over-year, which is a pretty big leap over the previous year. To highlight this, Sony gave us some new sales info for Horizon Zero Dawn. As of April 30, 3.4 millions copies of Horizon Zero Dawn had been sold. 915,000 of those sales were digital, which means roughly 27% of sales came from the PlayStation Store.
Fueling this growth is hardware sales. Last year, Sony introduced three new pieces of hardware into the PlayStation ecosystem; PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, and PS VR. While the Slim model has sold extremely well, we know little of how the others sold. However, according to Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and president of global sales and marketing for SIE, they’re both selling well. So well that Sony has hard a hard time keeping them in stock.
“We have been sold out [of the PSVR] ever since launch and it’s only within the last month or so that it’s started to come into supply and we’re feverishly getting the factory cranked up as fast as we can,” he said. “And as with VR, [PS4 Pro sales] have been restricted by our ability to supply the market.”
While we don’t have solid numbers for PS4 Pro, Sony did reveal an interesting statistic. Since the Pro’s launch back in November, one of every five PS4s purchased has been a pro mode. PS VR, on the other hand, has sold over one million units since it launched in October 2016.