If you live in the United States and noticed more PlayStation 5 units in your area, you're not alone.
According to David Gibson, a senior analyst at MST Financial, console manufacturer, Sony, shipped 7.5 million kilograms of products into the United States last month. This coincides with the 400% increase in PS5 units from last year. In comparison, the stocks of the Xbox Series S/X only had "minor" improvements at 89% while the Nintendo Switch saw a decline of 59%. Gibson notes that Nintendo also uses airfreight, so there might not be as big of a dip in Switch availability. Then again, we wouldn't be surprised if Gibson's numbers aren't far off. It's worth noting that Nintendo warned of an incoming Switch shortage last year.
If nothing else, this means that getting a PS5 in time for God of War: Ragnarok, which will be out on November 9, is possible. At least, if you're located in any of the 50 states. This positive development may reflect in Europe as well. We'll just have to wait for more data.
Lots of reports of improved PS5 supply in the past few months, but no data until now. Import data into the US confirms that Sony Interactive (PlayStation) shipments in Sept were +400% YoY. Yes you read that right. Some of that will go into inventory for GoW launch for sure. #PS5 pic.twitter.com/SvC6xTPQxs
— David Gibson (@gibbogame) October 11, 2022
Sony has had a relatively quiet year so far. The only other big release, Horizon Forbidden West, suffered from coming out around the same time as Elden Ring. Although it should've still sold enough to get at least one more DLC and even a sequel, we've no doubt Sony would've preferred Forbidden West to launch with minimal competition. Thankfully, Sony will have a chance to make up for it with God of War: Ragnarok.
Hype is a double-edged sword, as CD Projekt Red found out with Cyberpunk 2077 two years ago. But, restocking PS5s for the release of God of War: Ragnarok suggests that Sony has high expectations for the highly anticipated sequel.