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Mandalore76 said:
CGI-Quality said:

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:

Also note that Nintendo when it reported it had gone over 10million units in abit over 9months..... that was shipped.
Playstation 5 sales of 10million are sold through numbers.

So even if they both had used the same amount of days, the PS5 would still have a lead of like 300-400k or something.
(I'm assumeing theres 300-400k PS5, being shipped around the world, and in transit, between warehouses, and in stores ect)

PS5 sold through 10m, quicker than Wii sold in (shipped) 10million, as well.

Anyways.... this might not continue much longer.
Its likely in the months to come, the PS5 falls behinde the Wii (I doubt it will keep staying ahead).



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JRPGfan said:
Mandalore76 said:

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:

Also note that Nintendo when it reported it had gone over 10million units in abit over 9months..... that was shipped.
Playstation 5 sales of 10million are sold through numbers.

So even if they both had used the same amount of days, the PS5 would still have a lead of like 300-400k or something.
(I'm assumeing theres 300-400k PS5, being shipped around the world, and in transit, between warehouses, and in stores ect)

PS5 sold through 10m, quicker than Wii sold in (shipped) 10million, as well.

Anyways.... this might not continue much longer.
Its likely in the months to come, the PS5 falls behinde the Wii (I doubt it will keep staying ahead).

Does that remain the case when you align the launches for Europe and Japan?



Mandalore76 said:
JRPGfan said:

Also note that Nintendo when it reported it had gone over 10million units in abit over 9months..... that was shipped.
Playstation 5 sales of 10million are sold through numbers.

So even if they both had used the same amount of days, the PS5 would still have a lead of like 300-400k or something.
(I'm assumeing theres 300-400k PS5, being shipped around the world, and in transit, between warehouses, and in stores ect)

PS5 sold through 10m, quicker than Wii sold in (shipped) 10million, as well.

Anyways.... this might not continue much longer.
Its likely in the months to come, the PS5 falls behinde the Wii (I doubt it will keep staying ahead).

Does that remain the case when you align the launches for Europe and Japan?

Shipped and forgotten wii crazy. The scalpers don´t have the force have today, the wii crazy make the wii in US have supply constraider for three years.

The shipped is sold to consumers in Wii case, people forget videogame history now?



It's a record, the rest doesn't matter. There is no reason to get defensive or spin this.

Every record or fact can be spun if needed these days, but that is not what is being discussed here.



Mandalore76 said:
CGI-Quality said:

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. 

We do know.

As of June 30th 2021.    (and announced july 18th?)
(when they collected sales data, and reached this conclusion. Granted even then, perphaps not all of it is upto date from all area's)
The PS5 was over 10m sold through, to consumers.

So its atleast 18-19 days less than what you wrote above.
Though that hardly matters much in the grand scheme of things.

Agente42 said:
Mandalore76 said:

Does that remain the case when you align the launches for Europe and Japan?

Shipped and forgotten wii crazy. The scalpers don´t have the force have today, the wii crazy make the wii in US have supply constraider for three years.

The shipped is sold to consumers in Wii case, people forget videogame history now?

1) US isnt the entire world.
2) even then, it takes time to ship things around the world, so shipped isn't the same as sold through to consumer. Reguardless of you claiming it is.

"people forget videogame history now?"

Alternate reality facts? were Shipped = sold through, instantly. Where USA = entire world?

Common now.  You need to take Somini advice.

Somini said:

It's a record, the rest doesn't matter. There is no reason to get defensive or spin this.

Every record or fact can be spun if needed these days, but that is not what is being discussed here.


PS5 is the fastest selling console to date, to sell 10m.
And it did so, as sold through to consumers.

Last edited by JRPGfan - on 05 August 2021

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Agente42 said:
Mandalore76 said:

Does that remain the case when you align the launches for Europe and Japan?

Shipped and forgotten wii crazy. The scalpers don´t have the force have today, the wii crazy make the wii in US have supply constraider for three years.

The shipped is sold to consumers in Wii case, people forget videogame history now?

I actually was thinking about that too.  I found articles chronicling the Wii Stock Shortage from launch all the way into 2009.

12/18/2006:  Free the Wii!

3/6/2007:  Wii shortage: Supply chain issue or cold, calculating Nintendo?

3/30/2007:  Wii shortages are not intentional, Nintendo really can't keep up with demand

4/12/2007:  Wii drought set to continue - No immediate end to the console shortage, says Nintendo

11/14/2007:  Nintendo warns of Wii shortages

12/7/2007:  What’s behind the Wii shortage?

4/22/2008:  Why can’t I find a Wii? — Demand rises for game console, but supply hasn’t followed

5/20/2008:  The Wii is still sold out

8/22/2008:  Nintendo Wii Shortage: Shrewd Marketing or Flawed Supply Chain?

With sufficient supply not reported until March 2009

3/23/2009:  Two And A Half Years Later, Wii Shortages Start To Let Up



According to VGC, both Wii and PS5 hit 10m in week 36. Sony would have said that PS5 is the fastest selling console of all time, but it's "just" the fastest selling PlayStation of all time.



siebensus4 said:

According to VGC, both Wii and PS5 hit 10m in week 36. Sony would have said that PS5 is the fastest selling console of all time, but it's "just" the fastest selling PlayStation of all time.

There have been articles saying its the fastest of all time, not just playstation consoles.
Also ZhugeX said same.

Its done so faster than the Wii.
People need to stop this, spin or "maybe not really" take.

A few more months and it 'll probably fall behinde the Wii.
Then you can make a comment about it, when it becomes true.



VGchartz works according to estimates if you didn't kwow. The official story has been cited multiple time in the same topic you're posting in now.

Of course you can belive something else if that fits your view better.



Somini said:

It's a record, the rest doesn't matter. There is no reason to get defensive or spin this.

Every record or fact can be spun if needed these days, but that is not what is being discussed here.

Not disputing that it's a record, and an impressive one at that.  But, it's disingenuous to intentionally leave out the very specific wording that Sony themselves used, that it is a record amongst PlayStation consoles. 

JRPGfan said:
Mandalore76 said:

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. 

We do know.

As of June 30th 2021.
(when they collected sales data, and reached this conclusion. Granted even then, perphaps not all of it is upto date from all area's)
The PS5 was over 10m sold through, to consumers.

So its atleast 18-19 days less than what you wrote above.
Though that hardly matters much in the grand scheme of things.

Sony put an * next to the 10m announcement () and then clarified the * stood for:  * As of July 18, 2021 .  So the date I used was directly quoted from SIE.