Sony provided new information via its quarterly financial report.
A total of 112.3 million PlayStation 4 units were shipped by June 30. In the April-June quarter, 1.9 million units were shipped, which is significantly down year-on-year (3.2 million in the same quarter in 2019). Sony’s Game & Network Services Segment (where PlayStation is) has a prediction of approximately 23.5 billion dollars in sales, and about 2.26 billion in operating income for the fiscal year that will end on March 30, 2021, citing a „significant increase in game software sales” and „significant increase in hardware sales due to PlayStation 5 launch.”
A few more numbers: by June 30, there were 44.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers (it’s 8.7 million up year-on-year). PlayStation 4 software (games) sold 91 million units in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2020 (41.2 million up year-on-year). 18.5 million units were first-party titles (6.8 million more than the previous year), and a whopping 74% of the sales were made digitally (PlayStation Store), which is far higher than in the April-June 2019 period (53%), due to the coronavirus.
Bloomberg‘s Takashi Mochizuki cites an anonymous official at PlayStation as the source, saying there will be another big announcement by Sony in August aside from the August 6 State of Play that will not have new, major PlayStation 5 information. We have yet to see if this announcement will be related to the price and release date for the PlayStation 5 or not.
Macquarie Capital’s analyst, Damian Thong, told the site that he predicts the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition (the one with no Blu-ray drive) to be 400 dollars, while the PlayStation 5 Standard Edition is estimated to cost 500 bucks. „I think the core of Sony PlayStation early-adopters will snap up the first several million units quickly. With backward compatibility, their existing game library will work with the new console, so the new machine would be usable right away,” he said. He expects 6 million PlayStation 5 units to be sold by the end of March 2021.
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