(Pocket-lint) - Sony's latest earnings call has given us a juicy number to digest - an updated total sales figure for the PS5, accurate to the end of March 2021.

The number of PlayStation 5 units sold comes in at a whopping 7.8 million.

However, while that's great news for those who managed to buy one - they are part of a rapidly expanding community - there was less good news for those who haven't. Sony also revealed that stock levels are unlikely to drastically improve for the rest of 2021, even beyond.

"Can we drastically increase the supply? No, that’s not likely," said Sony's CFO, Hiroki Tikoki (as reported by VGC).

"The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but there are other factors that will impact on the production volume."

That's a shame because the strong impression given by the sales so far is that if Sony could make more, it'd very much be able to sell them as well

As of now, when stock does appear, it's gobbled up almost instantly, just like it was at launch.

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There were some other key figures from the earnings call, too, including a 14.7 percent growth in PlayStation Plus subscribers, taking the service to 47.6 million signed-up users. That might have been influenced by Sony throwing a few more impressive titles onto the service's pile of benefits lately.

Finally, it also revealed an overall operating profit for the PlayStation wing of its business that stood at $3.14 billion (£2.26 billion) in the 2020 financial year, a massive number that underlines how well the division is performing. 

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Rik Henderson.