Sony says the PlayStation 5 shortage is over

Picture of Jim Ryan standing in front of a slide that has a picture of a PlayStation 5 and the text “more than 30 million units sold through worldwide”
May the next 30 million come even easier. | Photo: Chris Welch / The Verge

The PlayStation 5 shortage is finally over — at least according to Sony. “Everyone who wants a PS5 should have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally, starting from this point forward,” said Jim Ryan, the company’s gaming boss, during its CES presentation. The company also announced that it’s sold around 30 million consoles at this point. That’s around 5 million more than the last time it released sales numbers in November.

It’s been a long time getting to this point; the PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, and it wasn’t until August 2022 that we declared it “almost easy to buy.” For most of the console’s life, getting one required you to be either very lucky, relatively on-the-spot with drops, or willing to pay…

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