PS5 came out a year ago today

PS5 came out a year ago today

Believe it or not, the PS5 is a year old. Sony’s next-gen console officially launched on November 12, 2020. Fast forward to the same day in 2021 and the system is still difficult to find on store shelves.

Jim Ryan, the president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, posted about the occasion on the official PlayStation Blog. He talked about the accomplishments, apologized for the supply issues, and looked ahead to the future of PS5.

So much has happened in just one year from the day we lit up landmarks and other iconic places all over the world to mark the arrival of PS5. Incredible games such as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, and Deathloop launched. SIE acquired the talented development studios Bluepoint Games, Firesprite, Housemarque, and Nixxes. We revealed our next-generation VR system for PS5. And most recently, we’ve unveiled new footage and exciting updates for upcoming titles such as God of War Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West all from PlayStation Studios, and announced Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake during our September showcase.

Ryan says that 360 games are now available on PS5. In addition, Sony’s internal first-party studios are currently hard at work on 25 more games that will come out between this holiday and the years ahead.

Patience is a virtue

Despite the supply chain issues, Sony has sold more than 13 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of October 2021. It became the first console to outsell the Nintendo Switch in three years.

Regarding supply chain issues, Ryan had this to say:

I also want to thank everyone in the community for your patience. 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.

My Take

PS5 has already given us innovations like DualSense and speedy load times thanks to the system’s SSD. Now Sony just needs to get the console into the hands of more players.

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