Sony has released its financial results for the third quarter of the fiscal year, much like everyone else has been doing lately. In the period between 1 September and 31 December, Sony had some surprisingly positive results in the gaming divisions, resulting in some improved predictions.
According to the report, Playstation sold 6.4 million PS4s, 1.1 million PS3 consoles and 1.4 million portables during the quarter. Wait, people are still buying the Vita, or are they including PlayStation TV under that? Either way, it’s incredibly impressive, especially when you consider that Microsoft reported shipping 6.6 million units (Xbox One and Xbox 360) during the holidays. So, 6.4 million PS4s were bought by consumers while 6.6 million units of all things Xbox were sold to stores in the same period. Considering that Xbox has been so aggressive with price cuts, it’s really impressive and surprising to see the PS4 holding so steady.
Thanks to exchange rates and the fantastic income from gaming sales, Sony is boosting its forcast for the division by 7%. Additionally, the forecast for home console sales was raised from 17 million to 17.5 million. Software sales predictions were also increased, going from 390 million to 420 million. That’s a lot of people becoming afraid of Clickers in The Last of Us.
It’s still far too early in the life cycle to call anyone a winner or loser. Plus, with Microsoft’s announcement that cross-play will be coming to Xbox and PCs with Windows 10, we might still see a change in the market. However, it’s great to see PlayStation performing so well, and good news for Sony – if gaming is what keeps them afloat, we should see improved and expanded policies to keep us happy. Right?
Last Updated: February 4, 2015