Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

PS4 Breaks 80 Million Units Sold - Hardware

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Revenue rose 5.1% to ¥1.95-trillion, topping the forecast for ¥1.87-trillion.

Sales of PlayStation 4 products were "better than expected" as a result of popular gaming titles, Yasuo Imanaka, an analyst at Rakuten Securities, said before the results were announced.

The company reported profits of 226.4 billion yen ($2.0 billion) for the April to June quarter, up from 80.9 billion yen in the same period a year ago and 21.2 billion yen in 2016. The company generated an operating profit of ¥195 billion (~$1.7 billion), which was much higher than the projections of ¥145.5 billion (~$1.3 billion).

"Sales are expected to be significantly higher than the April forecast primarily due to higher-than-expected PlayStation 4 ("PS4") software sales including sales through the network, the impact of foreign exchange rates, as well as an expected increase in PS4 hardware unit sales".

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"The Yoshida team got off to a flying start", said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo.

The agreement was Sony's first major deal under Yoshida, who said the music business has enjoyed a "resurgence" in recent years due to streaming services provided by companies such as Spotify and Apple Inc. With that said, the PS4 still has some ways to go if it wants to catch up to the PS1 or PS2, which sold 102.5 million and 155 million units respectively. The company also revealed that digital sales are on the rise too, with 43% of the 40.6 million units of software sold during the quarter were digital.

It kept its profit forecast for the year ending March at 670 billion yen, down 8.8 per cent on year, citing various potential risks including competition in smartphones. In April, researcher Newzoo predicted that mobile games will account for more than half of the gaming industry's revenue this year, while consoles will fall to 25%.

Quite surprisingly, 20 million of those sales occurred in the company's last financial year, firmly reminding other competitors (such as Nintendo (OTC:NTDOY)) that Sony is still king of the gaming world.

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