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PlayStation 5: The PlayStation Boss Thanks Us For Our Patience

Sony’s console, the PlayStation 5 is one year old, and compared to last year, the console’s availability hasn’t improved much.

 

Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO, wrote an anniversary message on the PlayStation Blog after the PlayStation 5 turned one year old on November 12: “We continue to see historic demand for PS5, and we understand the inventory constraints remain a source of frustration for many of our customers. Rest assured that we are laser-focused on doing everything in our power to ship as many units as possible; it’s something we work on every day across the company and remains my top priority. Again, we appreciate your patience as we navigate through these unprecedented global challenges.” A solution would be PlayStation Direct, but that isn’t available everywhere yet, and Sony isn’t alone in the component shortages: Microsoft also suffers from the issue.

Ryan’s comments came after Bloomberg reported the opposite. The site wrote that Sony had to cut back the PlayStation 5 production due to parts shortage. The plan was to produce 16 million consoles this year, but the ‘blues’ have cut that to 15 million. Hiroki Toki, Sony’s chief financial officer, reportedly informed investors about the cutback at the end of October, and the reasoning behind this was the coronavirus pandemic.

In its first year, PlayStation 5 pulled in 4.6 billion hours of gameplay, with more than 26 million hours of that being streamed to others. Many exclusive (or console-exclusive) titles were released this year, including Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, Deathloop, Demon’s Souls, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, Destruction AllStars, and the pre-installed Astro’s Playroom. But what’s the top 10 we’ve spent the most time on so far? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that these exclusives aren’t the ones at the top of the list:

 

  1.         Fortnite
  2.         Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3.         FIFA 21
  4.         NBA 2K21
  5.         Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  6.         Destiny 2
  7.         MLB The Show 21
  8.         Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  9.         Demon’s Souls
  10. NBA 2K22

 

The big surprise of all these titles is the single-player games, especially from Sony’s studios: we see Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales in 8th place, and the Demon’s Souls remake is right behind it. These are not precisely multiplayer-oriented titles like Fortnite.

So that was the first year… but it could have been a lot better.

Source: PSL, PSL

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