Sony‘s console, PlayStation 4, which is going to be six years old soon, keeps marching forward, and only one console stands in front of it on the all-time sales charts…
Let’s see the newest Sony fiscal quarter report. According to it, by September 30, a total of 102.8 million units have been shipped worldwide (and this figure includes the original console, as well as the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro – no exact data is known about the latter two’s sales). With the desktop consoles, the PS4 has just one console in front of it – namely the PlayStation 2, whose 155 million lifetime sales will be hard to surpass (especially if we add that this figure is from 2012!). At least the PS4 is now in front of its great-grandfather PS1 with its 102.49 million units. If we include the handheld platforms as well, then the PS4 is in fourth place behind the PS2, the Nintendo DS family (154.02 million), and the Nintendo Game Boy + Game Boy Color duo (118.69 million). Not bad; in this fiscal quarter, 2.8 million PlayStation 4 units have been shipped, which is a 1.1 million decrease year-on-year. This might be why Sony has reduced its fiscal year (2019 April – end of March 2020) shipment expectations from 15 million to 13.5 million units. Perhaps it’s high time to reduce the console’s price.
Let’s see the other results. As of September 30, 2019, there are 36.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. It is up by 2.6 million year-on-year. The PlayStation 4 game sales were also somewhat down: 61.3 million units in this quarter, which is a 13.8 million yoy decrease. However, the digital transition continues: after last year’s 28% rate, this quarter, 37% of the games were bought via the PlayStation Store. The PlayStation Now is over a million subscribers – the price cut helped here, and this figure will likely increase in the next generation, as streaming games will get off the ground in a few years.
So the PlayStation 4 sells well, even if it’s under expectations. (Death Stranding, out on November 8, might turn things around a bit, though.) It might be a hard task for the PlayStation 5 (which is launching late 2020) to surpass the PS4. We have discussed its potential release date and price in Europe before.
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