During the third quarter of the current fiscal year, which ended on December 31, Sony managed to sell 7.1 million PlayStation 5 consoles — more than in any other reporting quarter since the launch of the system in 2020.
Record figures were achieved thanks to the improvement of the situation with the availability of PlayStation 5 in stores — by the end of 2022, Sony was able to significantly increase supplies and finally cope with the acute phase of the shortage.
Against the background of recent successes, the company has increased its annual sales forecast for the PlayStation 5 for the first time — now they want to sell 19 million consoles instead of 18 by March 31.
To take this bar, it is necessary to implement another 6.2 million systems — a serious number by the standards of the "quiet" season.
In total, as of December 31, 2022, 32.1 million PlayStation 5 consoles were sold worldwide.
In terms of sales dynamics since the launch, the new system still lags behind the PlayStation 4 by 6 million, but Sony hopes to reverse the trend in the next fiscal year.
PlayStation 4 sales are no longer reported in Sony reports, but statistics on game sales, user activity and PlayStation Plus subscribers are provided for both platforms combined.
In total, during the quarter, players bought 86.5 million copies of games for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 — 6.2 million less than a year earlier.
At the same time, the share of Sony's own software sales increased from 11.3 to 20.8 million copies — primarily due to the launch of God of War Ragnarok. 62% of sales came from the PlayStation Store.
The rest are disks. The number of monthly active PlayStation users has grown to 112 million people, which is a new record for Sony.
The increase in the last quarter was 10 million people, compared to the third quarter of last year — 6 million people.
The number of PlayStation Plus subscribers as of December 31 is 46.4 million people. This is the only indicator that is in the red compared to last year, when Sony reported 48 million subscribers.
However, thanks to the launch of new tariff plans, the service now brings the company more money.
Sony's gaming division generated revenue of 1,246.5 billion yen ($8.79 billion) for the Christmas quarter, showing an increase of 53%.
Operating profit increased by 25% and amounted to 116 billion prices ($820 million).
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