July 2021 India console sales saw Sony dominate the charts yet again with the PS5 and PS4. Steady supply and frequent restocks ensured this. The PS5 in particular has had six restocks since its launch in February of this year. Sources at retail tell us that the PS4 has seen exceptionally strong demand in recent weeks, to the point wherein any stores still have stock of Sony’s last-gen console is able to sell it at a mark up above MRP aka scalping. IGN India has noticed multiple Mumbai and Delhi-based stores doing this.
Nonetheless, Sony has sold around 550,000 units of the PS4 in India since its launch in the country in 2014. As for the PS5, IGN India is able to report after speaking to multiple distributors and retailers that PS5 India sales have passed 20,000. Sources amongst multiple distributors and retailers all independently confirmed that more than 20,000 units have been sold across the country.
This includes grey market purchases and parallel imports available since the console’s worldwide launch in November 2020 along with official sales for the console since it’s February 2, 2021 release date in India, making it the fastest-selling console in the country ever.
As for the Xbox Series X and S, Microsoft hasn’t made either console available in India. Stores tell us that the delayed release of Flight Simulator — India got it a week after the global release of July 27 — and the lack of any Series X hardware to go with it, has been a glaring misstep.
“Microsoft expects us to stock Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X, but what’s the point when they’re not giving us any stock of the console?” wonders one game store owner. “At least Sony made sure we had some stock of PS5 when Ratchet and Clank came out.”
And while Microsoft has dropped the ball on console availability, it can take solace in the fact that its Xbox Series X|S controller was India’s best-selling peripheral for July. This is despite Sony making more DualSense colour options available at retail.
“Every colourway has sold out,” says a product manager for a nationwide chain. “Except for Electric Volt, that’s still in stock, but yes, on the whole Series X|S controllers have done better for us than DualSense.”
Most retailers tell IGN India that PC gamers are usually snapping them up instead of Xbox Series X and S owners. The fact that these ship with an Xbox Game Pass trial further sweetened the deal, we’re told.
With both the PS5 and Xbox Series X available in August, we should see a more competition which is always a good thing. For now though, there seems little to change the status quo of PlayStation Nation.