PlayStation 4 Reaches 94.2 Million In Worldwide Shipments

Joanna Estrada
February 2, 2019

Profit for Sony's gaming business dropped 14%, down to 73.1 billion yen, in the company's third quarter which ended in December compared to the same period previous year, thanks to a significant slowdown of PlayStation 4 sales, the company reported Friday. In the three months ending December 31, 8.1 million PS4 consoles were shipped, bringing the life-to-date total to 94.2 million.

This means that 94.2 units of the console have been shipped (sold-in to retailers) by December 31. This number is known when combining the company's previously reported shipments from Q2 2018, which reached 86.1 million. Should the company's forecast for the entire FY2018 prove accurate, this fiscal year will set a new record for the Game and Network Services segment.

The performance of the Game & Network Services business, which includes PlayStation and PlayStation Network shows a significant increase in sales year-on-year mostly due to an increase in software sales, partly offset by a decrease in hardware sales and Holiday season promotional prices.

PlayStation Plus subscribers continue to increase. It's not uncommon for the monthly freebies to offer cross-buy support with PS4 versions of them, giving the current-gen system even more than the two free games that are explicitly intended for it. Even if this past holiday season saw shipments dip by almost 1 million, the past quarter is still nothing to scoff at whatsoever. The PS4 will no doubt end up passing 100 million units shipped later in this calendar year, which is a feat that few consoles have ever been able to pull off.

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