Affected, probably, by the PSN downtime and Japanese Earthquakes, Sony’s first financial quarter saw a sharp decline in year-on-year PS3 sales, down 25 percent from its performance in the same time last year. Last year the PS3 sold 2.4 million units during the quarter, this year only managing 1.8 million units – just 400K more than its much older sibling, the PlayStation 2.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Sony though.
The soon to be phased out PSP is up 50%, increasing its quarterly sales from 1.2 million to 1.8 million. Game sales increased from 24.8 million last year to 26.1 million. The net result?
Sony’s Consumer Products & Services division (which includes the whole PlayStation business, Audiovisual products, PC’s as well as mobile products) saw a overall decrease in operating income from 26.9 billion yen last year to just to 1.7 billion yen this year. Maybe it IS doom all doom and gloom then. for reference, Nintendo didn’t fare so well either. Its current flagship, the 3DS, sold just 700K units in the first quarter, probably one of the things prompting the device’s huge price cuts., with Wii hardware sales having dropped by nearly half (down from 3.04 million in 2010 to 1.56 million units this year) resulting in an operating loss of 25.5 billion Yen – nearly $330 Million dollars. Ouch.
Source : CVG
Last Updated: July 28, 2011