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Sony sold 3.3 million PS4s in Q2

Game division revenues up 84 per cent, but portable device sales are in decline

Sony sold 3.3 million units of the PlayStation 4 in the second fiscal quarter, pushing the Game and Network Services division's revenue up by more than 80 per cent.

Including the 800,000 PlayStation 3 units sold during the quarter, Sony's total console sales were 4.1 million. However, the company's portable devices didn't fare nearly as well, with the PS Vita, PSP and PS TV selling a combined total of 700,000 units, down by 100,000 from the same quarter year despite the PS TV launching in Japan and several other territories in the time since.

The Game and Network Services division made ¥309.5 billion ($2.77 billion) in revenue, an 83 per cent increase year-on-year. It also turned last year's ¥4.2 billion loss into an operating profit of ¥21.8 billion ($195.5 million).

While all but three of Sony's divisions turned an operating profit - and only Mobile Communications and Other made substantial losses - Game and Network Services proved to be Sony's most positive story in Q2. The performance of the PlayStation 4 was cited as the primary driver behind the 7 per cent increase in revenue to ¥1.9 trillion ($17 billion).

However, Sony made a loss of ¥136 billion overall ($1.22 billion), wider than the ¥19.6 billion it lost in the same period last year.

Sony's overall forecast for the fiscal year remains unchanged from September - ¥7.8 trillion revenue, ¥230 billion net loss - but it has raised its expectations for Game and Network Services. The division is now expected to make an additional ¥50 billion in revenue (¥1.29 trillion) and an extra ¥10 billion in operating income (¥35 billion) compared to the July estimate.

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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 6 years ago
3.3M is the shipped figure, which ofcourse is considered sold in Sony's view.
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Justin Biddle Software Developer 6 years ago
I could have sworn an article gamesindustry.biz once said that Sony reports actual sales and microsoft shipping figures?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Justin, quarterly and annual figures from all 3 will always be shipped figures because retailers, distributors, wholesalers, etc..are their direct customers. We are not their direct customers (digital software sales aside). For the purpose of legal accounting that is reported to the government, they must report actual sales to their customers.

Now they are free to report sold to consumers at any other time. Though they'll often use a 3rd party service (such as NPD) for that information but not always.
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Justin Biddle Software Developer 6 years ago
Cheers. That explains my confusion. That said. Whenever a company is criticised for quoting shipped figures if in the next report they ship just as much then could that be considered a reasonable sign that the first reports shipped figures were successfully sold to consumers?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Justin Biddle on 31st October 2014 3:18pm

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Nick Parker Consultant 6 years ago
Agree Jim. Justin, assume that the three manufacturers only publish shipments (sell-in to retailers) data. Of that, most will eventually be sold through to consumers but you can't assume their historic shipments will all have sold through by the time the next shipment data is published; there is always going to be inventory in the trade (at retailers stores and warehouses) from whatever shipments, except, of course, if demand exceeds supply and all stores have sold out.

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