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Mandalore76 said:
Otter said:

Lol, what is this post? The PS5 has sold more software so far than any prior PlayStation system and likely any Nintendo system. We know the main benefit of the Playstation ecosystem is having a ton of games/variety at users desposal from 1st and 3rd parties, versus selling primarily off a few main 1st party IPs. Let's not act brand new.

Ratchet and Clank has blown past prior franchise launch sales and is looking to have extremely good legs. To open with 1m on a system of only 10m users is an extremely good feat.

The vast majority of Spiderman sales have been coming from PS5 purchases post-launch week. This is why the games chart position has a very close relationship with PS5 shipments. "The PS5 version accounted for 90% of the game's sales this week." This has been a continual trend throughout 2021 with the game finding itself in the top 5 almost exclusive off PS5 sku sales. This is just the UK but expect similar patterns everywhere apart from Asia.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-03-16-spider-man-miles-morales-scores-its-first-no-1-as-ps5-stock-levels-improve-uk-boxed-charts

In no dimension can Spidermans sales be scoffed at, sure its not the 50% attach rate of Breath of the Wild but its likely not far off (35-40%) but since when was that the barometer of success? 

As someone who's owned a PS5 and Switch both in launch year, this comparison between the 2 is frankly daft. The Switch's year one library was bolstered by cross gen (Zelda), 3-year-old port (MK8), and games that were just passed from Wii U to Switch (Splatoon 2/Odyssey). I'm sure if sony also abdandoned 2020 the same way Nintendo abandoned 2016, the PS5 could wow everyone with games The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Dreams etc as launch year games.. 

Ultimately its clear early adopters don't care about exclusivity and most are just interested in playing great games on the newest tech, the PS5 has plenty of great games, it has new releases on a weekly basis and the backwards compatibility also helps. 

Sorry, no.  Super Mario Odyssey was never in development for the Wii U and then passed along to Switch.

No, Super Mario Odyssey Wasn’t Originally Developed For the Wii U

While speaking with Game Informer,the game’s producer, Yoshiaki Koizumi, took down that theory very quickly. “It was always planned for Nintendo Switch,” he noted. “We really were considering a lot of the hardware capabilities specifically for this game, and wanted to make the most use out of them.” So, no, it was never built with the Wii U in mind.

https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/super-mario-odyssey-nintendo-switch-wii-u-development/

Fair enough. The game began development less than 2 years after the Wii U was released and I think that says a lot.

https://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/08/next-3d-mario-game-in-development

Last edited by Otter - on 29 July 2021

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mZuzek said:
Conina said:

Was every Switch owner just playing Wii U games like BotW and MK8 in its first 8 months?

Switch owners are still just playing Wii U games.

There aren't too many Wii U games left to port though 😜



Please excuse my (probally) poor grammar

Sorry, 36 weeks for PS5. Wii, at 33 weeks, hit 10 million three weeks faster than PS5.



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Jumpin said:

Sorry, 36 weeks for PS5. Wii, at 33 weeks, hit 10 million three weeks faster than PS5.

Make of that what you will. According to Zhuge, Wii didn't have that many consoles manufactured yet. If someone has better sourcing, it would help!



                                                                                                                                                           

CGI-Quality said:
Jumpin said:

Sorry, 36 weeks for PS5. Wii, at 33 weeks, hit 10 million three weeks faster than PS5.

Make of that what you will. According to Zhuge, Wii didn't have that many consoles manufactured yet. If someone has better sourcing, it would help!

He is right about this. Though Wii isn't that far behind and is likely going to overtake the PS5 in the coming months. Expect a PS5 vs Wii sales comparison article in the next few days. ;)



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That is great sales. Originally i wasnt sure if the sales for the ps5 would top the ps4 so it is great to see that it is selling so well, and the lack of consoles suggests that this is going to continue yet.

In terms of games available, I think we have had a decent list of exclusives this year (topped up with H:FW) and the list of exclusives so far is the best Sony has ever had with a playstation. Anyone complaining about lack of exclusives is probably just jealous.



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fauzman said:

That is great sales. Originally i wasnt sure if the sales for the ps5 would top the ps4 so it is great to see that it is selling so well, and the lack of consoles suggests that this is going to continue yet.

In terms of games available, I think we have had a decent list of exclusives this year (topped up with H:FW) and the list of exclusives so far is the best Sony has ever had with a playstation. Anyone complaining about lack of exclusives is probably just jealous.

If we want to be good guys we can say that the best interpretation is that those people have a very bad memory, because yes PS5 have had the strongest SW lineup so far in Sony history.



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Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

CGI-Quality said:
Rafie said:

Just shows how much in demand it is. Doesn't make it right, but a sale is a sale. PS5 ain't the only console that's being scalped.

Indeed, which is why we're not going to keep bringing up the fact that it is scalped. Many, many consumer electronics are being scalped under the current circumstances, so we're not going to use it as a downplay talking point going forward. For any device. 

Overall thread warning.

Even The Ataribox is being scalped so nothing is safe from scalpers.

Last edited by CGI-Quality - on 01 August 2021

Kakadu18 said:
Kyuu said:

Are these software numbers shipped or sold-through?

It's most likely physical shipped + digital, at least that's how it usually is with official updates. It's all the same for the publisher, the shipped copies are sold for them.

Sony's numbers are more often than not sell-through.

kazuyamishima said:
Kyuu said:

Are these software numbers shipped or sold-through?

Sony’s data for software usually have Sold-through. But who knows in this case. 

Sell-through confirmed:

https://www.sony.com/en/SonyInfo/IR/library/presen/er/pdf/21q1_supplement.pdf

(search "Previously disclosed cumulative sell-through units of selected PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5 1st party software titles")

Looks like only FY quarterly reports give sell-in figures. Impressive numbers excluding Returnal.



CGI-Quality said:
Jumpin said:

Sorry, 36 weeks for PS5. Wii, at 33 weeks, hit 10 million three weeks faster than PS5.

Make of that what you will. According to Zhuge, Wii didn't have that many consoles manufactured yet. If someone has better sourcing, it would help!

I don't see the Wii mentioned anywhere in Zhuge's tweet though.  And the link to the Sony announcement is worded very carefully to state that it is the fastest selling console in Sony history, without mentioning all time console history.

PLAYSTATION®5 SURPASSES 10 MILLION UNITS SOLD, REMAINS THE FASTEST SELLING CONSOLE
IN SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY

Since launching in November 2020, PS5™ global sales have outpaced PlayStation®4, SIE’s previous record holder for fastest selling console

PS5 is the fastest-selling console in the company’s history and continues to outpace sales of its predecessor, PlayStation®4 (PS4™).

Wii launch 11/19/06 - 7/28/06 = 252 days to reach 10,169,429 units sold

PS5 launch 11/12/20 - 7/18/2021 = 249 days to reach 10,000,000+ units sold

Very important caveats to note:

I don't know what date the Wii crossed 10m units sold.  But I do know that the Wii had a staggered launch (NA - 11/19/06, JP - 12/2/06, EU - 12/8/06), whereas the PS5 launched simultaneously Worldwide.  So, the PS5 was drawing sales from Japan for about 2 weeks (13 days) longer than the Wii, and it was also drawing sales from EU (Sonyland) for almost 3 weeks (19 days) longer than the Wii.  I think for these reasons, Sony themselves are making it clear that PS5 is the fastest selling PlayStation, without attempting to claim that it is the fastest selling console of all-time.

Adding this graph from ArsTechnica for perspective: