Sony of late faced a declining sale of its PlayStation 4, but the new figures have shown that it has sold 100 million units and has made it the fastest-selling console to hit that number. The tech giant in its latest earnings report revealed that it has sold 3.2 million PlayStation 4s between March 31 and June 30 after announcing that 96.8 million units were sold in the previous quarter. This means that the company reached the figure in 5 years and seven months, just two months quicker that the Nintendo’s Wii.
The company also revealed that for the first time the gamers are buying more games through digital downloads than the physical discs and has marked a trend that has been going through for a while now. The PS4s have been out since about half a decade but the sales have never really declined in recent times with 17.8 million sold in 2018m down just 1.2 million over 2017. But then it took a noticeable dive in last quarter and Sony has warned that it expects the 2019 sales to be down more than it originally forecast last quarter.
A slight decline in the sales of PS4 can be expected but considering that Sony’s next generation PS5 must arrive in fall of 2020, which will have a support for ray-tracing 8K, SSD storage and PS4 backward-compatibility. Talking about more Sony news, the smartphone revenue came down by 15 percent over last quarter. It sold less than half the number of smartphones than it did during the same period in 2018 just 900,000 in total. To give a clear idea, the total units sold in 2018 was less than half of 2017 and so far 2019 is half of 2018.
On the other hand the Sony imaging division continues to perform well, particularly in the area of smartphone camera sensors. Sony continues to be one of the most profitable camera companies.
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