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Sony games division records $564m profit

Thu 03 Feb 2011 7:32am GMT / 2:32am EST / 11:32pm PST

PlayStation 3 hardware sales reach 6.5 million in Q3, software sales up to 57.6 million units

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Sony's Networked Products and Services division has reported an operating profit of 45.7 billion ($564m / 348m) for the third quarter ended December 31, off the back of higher sales of PlayStation software and cost reductions on PS3 hardware.

Sales decreased slightly by 6.4 per cent year-on-year to 566.6 billion ($6.995m / 4.318m) for the three months.

During the quarter Sony sold 6.3 million PlayStation 3 units worldwide - slightly down on the 6.5 million it sold in the comparable quarter - bringing financial year to date numbers to 15 million. Sales this year have already outpaced the last full financial year sales of 13 million.

There were 3.6 million PlayStation Portable units sold during the three months, down from 4.2 the previous year, bringing financial year to date numbers to 8 million. PlayStation 2 hardware sales were 2.1 million, the same as Q3 2009.

PlayStation 3 game sales were up significantly by 10 million units, from 47.6 million to 57.6 million, while PSP software also rose to 16.5 million, from 15 million last year. PS2 game sales fell from 11.2 million units to 5.3 million.

Overall the Sony corporation reported a net profit of 72.3 billion ($885.7 m), down due to the strong yen and poor margins on televisions. Sales were down 1.7 per cent to 1.98 trillion.


Terence Gage
Freelance writer

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I am consistently amazed that the PS2 is still selling in its millions. It will 11 this year, won't it?

Also, have they released up-to-date sales figures for the PS3 yet? I was interested to see how it was going, seeing as the 360 just passed 50 million units a few weeks ago when previously the two had been very close to one another.

Posted:3 years ago


Zan Toplisek

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@ Terence: They say it's at 47.9 million

Posted:3 years ago


Christopher Goodno
Studying Computer Sciences

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@Terence: It's actually much better than I thought it would be

Posted:3 years ago

who the hell are buying all those ps2's :P
i was also quite surprised to see just how important sony's game division is to the company's overall profits.
i would be surprised if hardware sales fr the ps3 didn't take a significant boost, i mean the amount of AAA titles coming (especially exclusives) is huge.

Posted:3 years ago



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"Only" 2 million PS2`s in one quarter? Don`t know but those sales could be regions like southern america where current gen consoles are crazy expensive.

What exactly is part of that division, if it would be only Playstation that would be SCE.

Probably this year they will end up again with a lose once the NGP launches and the R&D costs come into play.

Posted:3 years ago


Haven Tso
Web-based Game Reviewer

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The thing is PS2 nowadays are so cheap that maybe a lot of parents are buying them as intro consoles for their kids. There are still a lot of software available for them in the shops. Last I saw when it was on sale, PS2 was selling at AU$99, the same price for a PS3 game. So probably why they are still selling well.

Posted:3 years ago


Rachel Patterson
Studying Graduate Entry Medicine

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Posted:3 years ago


Andrew McFain

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Funny that Sony has been going crazy about how the hacking scene is damaging game sales, yet they're reporting huge profits in their games division.

Posted:3 years ago


Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Werner Nemetz:
"What exactly is part of that division, if it would be only Playstation that would be SCE. "


It includes SCE, the Vaio product line, mobile products (like Walkman), Sony Media Software and Services and some other smaller stuff too.

Posted:3 years ago


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