In the next five to six years, 200 to 300 million copies of the PS5 could be sold. This is what the analyst Norio Imanaka believes. The trigger is, among other things, the growing eSports scene.
Sony was able to celebrate great success with the PS4. More than 112 million copies have been sold so far. The open question is whether the company can repeat this success with the PS5. After all, the competitor Microsoft is pumping billions of dollars into the gaming sector.
The analyst Norio Imanaka appears to be less pessimistic. He works for the Rakuten Securities Economic Research Institute and expects the PS5 to find 200 to 300 million buyers – in the first five to six years alone.
According to the analyst, PS5 could dominate the eSports scene, as the console will replace the PC. This would significantly increase the number of users over the entire life cycle of the console.
Imanaka compared the scenario to other sports. Just like NBA fans want shoes from Nike, eSports fans would have a great desire to own a PS5. In addition, the analyst assumes that the majority of PS4 gamers will switch to the new console thanks to the backward compatibility of the PS5.
While selling 200 to 300 million PS5 units for Sony is likely to be quite a feat, the analyst even goes a step further. The data would suggest that the console will have as many as 600 or 700 million buyers over its lifespan, four to five times the total number of PS2 sales.
But that’s not all: The underlying article also mentions that Sony’s next-gen console has the potential to become the “terminator” of the game industry and to end the long-running console war.
“PS5 is headed to a totally different dimension; so different from Switch, Xbox, or even PS4,” is the translation of Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki. “PS5 could be a terminator of the game industry, ending the long-running console war” “PS5 will be a whole new symbolic tower for Sony Group.”
”PS5 is headed to a totally different dimension; so different from Switch, Xbox, or even PS4. PS5 could be a terminator of the game industry, ending the long-running console war" "PS5 wil be whole new symbolic tower for Sony Group"
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) October 17, 2020
PS5 will release on November 12, 2020, in the USA, UK and Australia, while the new console of Sony will launch on November 19, 2020, worldwide.