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PS5 sales estimated to reach 120 million units in 5 years, roughly double those of Xbox Series X

According to a recent report, PS5 sales are expected to reach approximately 120 million units in five years - roughly double the predicted figure for Xbox Series X.

The news comes from a report published by DigiTimes.

"The life cycle for household game consoles may be shortened to five years from 6-7 years, and PS5 shipments may challenge 120-170 million units when its 5-year cycle expires," reads the report, which draws on sources from the PS5's backend supply in Taiwan.

"[This is] compared to 110 million units registered to date for PS4 launched in November 2013, the sources said, adding that Sony has recently boosted its PS5 shipment estimate for 2020 to near 10 million units," the report continues.

That last part is definitely true, as we have already reported on the potential for the PS5 shipment estimate for 2020 to reach 10 million units. Also, it's not difficult to believe when you consider the fact that Sony can produce a working PS4 every 30 seconds.

The report also notes that processors are already being delivered to Sony, and that peripheral chipsets are "expected to peak later in the third quarter to support first wave of terminal sales in the fourth quarter."

In related news, it seems that the white plates on the standard PS5 could potentially be swappable, meaning that you'll be able to change the colour scheme of your console if white isn't up your street.

That's not the only new feature that could potentially be coming to the PS5. On top of the possibility that the PS5 might have swappable side plates, a pair of other patents were recently filed by Sony. The first one appears to relate to some sort of cloud-based backwards-compatibility platform for the PS5, which could allow players to access games from previous generations via cloud software.

The other one sounds a lot like Xbox Snap.

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