Sony’s PlayStation 4 became the second best-selling console of all time, beating the original PlayStation, which sold 102.5 million units. Sony said it sold 2.8 million PS4 this quarter (including the PS4 Pro), in addition to the 100 million vehicles sold in the previous quarter. This has decreased significantly (1.1 million units) compared to last year, but this has been enough to bring it to 102.8 million, just above the initial PS. It is not likely to catch the PS2, which sold 155 million units.
The drop in numbers clearly shows that the PlayStation 4 is reaching the end of its life. Not only are unit sales declining, but gaming revenues and profits fell 17% and 35% overall compared to 2018. Sony expects PS4 sales in 2019 to be lower than initially planned. . 1.5 million units
Christmas sales may also not be very good compared to last year, as Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 will arrive for the 2020 holiday season. Gift donors may prefer to play more PS4 games because they will be compatible with the new console. Upcoming titles on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2 and Shenmue III.
In total, Sony registered a slight decrease in sales (3%) compared to the same quarter last year, but recorded a record profit of 279 billion yen ($ 2.56 billion). While the games reduced the winnings, most other divisions fared a little better (except one, guess what it is). Sony Pictures made a profit of $ 1.75 billion thanks to Spider-Man: Far From Home and music sales increased 8%. And thanks to the sensors, its image division registered a strong 22% increase in sales.
Unfortunately, smartphone sales have weighed in its new Electronic Products & Solutions segment, which has merged its mobile, camera, television and audio product lines. Sony hoped that its successful camera and A / V divisions could bring magic to the mobile, but that seems far away at this time.
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