8.4 Million PS4 Units Shipped in Last Quarter; Sony Posts Strong Quarterly Results

Sony Corporation just posted its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, ended on December 31st.

As usual, PS4 sales are front and center in the company’s statements, with 8.4 million units shipped between October 1st and December 31st.

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The company as a whole ended the quarter in the black, with solid figures for both revenue and income, improving results year over year.

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The Game & Network segment showcased a sizable growth year over year, mostly due to increased sales of PS4 consoles and software, partly offset by declining PS3 sales.

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Sony also provided a full breakdown of the results of the gaming segment in the accompanying press release.

“Sales increased 10.5% year-on-year (an 11% increase on a constant currency basis) to 587.1 billion yen (4,892 million U.S. dollars). This significant increase was primarily due to increases in PS4 software sales and PS4 hardware unit sales, partially offset by a decrease in PlayStation®3 (“PS3”) software and hardware sales.

Operating income increased 12.6 billion yen year-on-year to 40.2 billion yen (335 million U.S. dollars). This increase was primarily due to the increase in PS4 software sales as well as the absence in the current quarter of an 11.2 billion yen write-down of PS Vita and PS TV components recorded in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year. Partially offsetting the increase in operating income were the negative impact of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, reflecting the high ratio of U.S. dollar-denominated costs, and the decrease in PS3 software sales. During the current quarter, there was a 19.2 billion yen negative impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations.”

Moving on to the outlook for the future, the company retained the previous forecast of 17.5 million PS4 units to be shipped for the whole fiscal year ending on March 31st. On the other hand, the forecast for operating income of the network services business was slightly increased by five billion yen.

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  • megablast16

    Not bad for a console that doesn’t have any games, if you believe some people.

    • OtakuDom

      Ah Here we go with this. PS4 has no games. Can you explain my collection ? BTW I have more downloaded .

      • Giuseppe Nelva

        I think your sarcasm detector might need some testing 😀

        • OtakuDom

          Yeah 🙁 I’m sorry dude above. I suck at detecting sarcasm

      • Dark Knight66

        You do know that when ppl say the PS4 has no games they are talking about AAA exclusives right ?

        • OtakuDom

          Well sooner or later people will find out triple A games aren’t the only things out there. Kind of sad that people deep throat them so muxh

          • Dark Knight66

            True but they are a very important part of owning a console because without them we what is the point when we can just get gaming PC’s

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Probably because not everyone cares about said PC gaming? People own consoles for different reasons. Not just triple A games. Lol.

        • Senpai Gundam

          It’s still false.

          • Dark Knight66

            I don’t disagree with you but look at the pic he posted on 2 exclusives. So far the PS4 has been real lightweight when it comes to the AAA exclusives and please don’t get all upset because I own a PS4.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            You do know that his pic doesn’t represent all PS4 exclusives, right? Not sure what you mean by lightweight, but PS4’s exclusives are more in abundance compared to a year ago. To each their own.

        • kevin

          Well ps4 has more of those then the x1 you do know that right. Oh and just in case your wondering I know because I own both

      • Michael Norris

        I have over 30 games atm 11 are physical copies and the rest are digital. I am like you tho i get sick of folks saying Ps4 has no games. What is funny is those games are not on WiiU =P

      • megablast16

        Whoa buddy, I was actually making an ironic comment about how many Xbox fans use the “no games” dig at PS4 owners. I’m actually on your side you know!

      • Oh lord, something about those being upside down is giving me a tick.

        • OtakuDom

          The camera saved it weird. They’re set up sideways in the drawer thingy. I suck at taking pictures

    • l’intrattenitore

      Bloodborne , Until dawn , Infamous second son , Driveclub , Killzone shadow fall , Disgaea 5 , Littlebigplanet 3 are all exclusive vs Halo 5 , Forza 6 , Fh2 and Sunset overdrive . I think Ps4 exclusive games are more and better for variety and quality.

      • garf02

        BB is a Dark Souls with an europea skin, Till Dawn is good, Second son is a down grade from Inf 1 and 2, Drive Clubs… lol, Kill zone is souless shooter, Disgaea is good, LBP is … good (opinions), order is trash,

        • OtakuDom

          Bloodborne can’t be Dark Souls with a European based skin seeing as Dark Souls is

        • Zatekuyo

          At least it’s miles diversable than what Xbox One had to offer, and Bloodborne is made by the same developers that did Dark Souls, Second Son had far different elements that keeps the gameplay of Infamous 1-2, Killzone is something else, Disgaea is comedically charming, same goes for LBP, The Order 1886 at least had a change of pace from other military based games in concept and gameplay so you’re very understated and wrong at best.

          • garf02

            never said is bad, but is just another Soul games with different Lore, for me, SS was worst than Inf 1 and 2, and Order barely qualify as a game. and more an interactive movie, just steps being Beyond 2 Souls/ Heavy Rain

          • Zatekuyo

            Still it’s more diversable regardless.

        • Dotcum22

          And this all of it is your opinion. Don’t forget that and take it for facts

          • garf02

            I never said they were facts…well, maybe except with order.

        • PuppetMaster

          “BB is a Dark Souls with an europea skin”

          Dark Souls? No, Demon’s Souls. If you really played it then you should know the similarity between BB and Demon’s Souls.

          “Second son is a down grade from Inf 1 and 2”

          How’s a downgrade when it have better graphic, more smooth gameplay, and better protag (subjective opinions)?

          “Drive Clubs… lol”

          It is by far one if not the best racing game in this gen. The game also got lots of support compare to other racing game. If it’s crap then it will not sold 2+ mill copies.

          • garf02

            I found it incredible DLC jew, although that is more a matter of opinions

          • PuppetMaster

            The game itself already had lots of content and they gave free DLC’s too.

          • Cole > Delsin

            Jussayin’.

          • Thatguy

            I do agree with liking Cole a lot better than Delsin, but we’ve had 2 games and 1 DLC with Cole. One game with Delsin….also I dislike his attitude. The game was fabulous though. If I could get an infamous remake for the first 2…LORD!

        • Davis Arend

          You really should keep some stuff to yourself, you are making a fool out of you.

          • garf02

            foo enough to touch a never in lot of people it seems

        • Thatguy

          lmfao you’re a f**king jackass.

          • garf02

            did I strike a nerve?

          • Thatguy

            Not in the slightest. Your stupidity is laughable though.

        • Michael Norris

          Second Son is one of the best games this gen,i don’t understand the hate it gets. Drive Club is one of the best racing games this gen. Killzone SF has a bad SP but the MP is freaking awesome.

      • Joachim

        “Not bad for a console that doesn’t have any games, if you believe some people”

        Wondering why you come up with Xbox hate…..Lmao Seems you’re a Sony fanboy relax dude 🙂

      • Vagelis v

        You do realize that most of the games you mentioned have 3s and 5s after the title, killzone is the fourth game of the series, infamous the third and the first big title you are waiting for 2016 is a fighting game that is no5 and an action adventure game no4, i am just saying…and the order?…no comment there. Have you really convinced yourself you are playing new and original i.p? This isnt happening from any console yet. cos new and original i.p isnt something you order, thats why both machines are bringing most of it out this year. it takes time.

      • Tga215

        True

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I’ve always found that funny.

    • Davis Arend

      I was about to go full retard XD then realized that was sarcasm 😛

  • l’intrattenitore

    Best console and best games

    • garf02

      hardware wise yes, games wise, WiiU

      • Zatekuyo

        Pfft, we both knew that Wii U itself had lost some of thr fun factor from each games like in past generations, so PS4 games (Japanese 1st, 2nd or 3rd parties) would soon outclass it period.

        • garf02

          >knew
          >Past
          >would soon
          >future
          so, make up your mind ,have or have they not surpassed em?

          • TeLin特林

            I would take a re-read of his post. You can talk about people in the past predicting the future(perfect tenses). His post isn’t perfect and could use some cleaning up, but his tense use isn’t outright wrong for mixing past and future together.

            (They knew the Wiiu lost its “fun factor” so (they knew) it would soon outclass it.) -slight paraphrase

            Not that I necessarily agree. I find getting in these “my console has better game” debates juvenile.

            I am having a blast with games like Xenoblade Chronicles(as well as other exclusives) and the games on the ps4(bloodhound among many).

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            “Not that I necessarily agree. I find getting in these “my console has better game” debates juvenile.”

            Same, but it’s fun to watch them fight among themselves.

          • Zatekuyo

            That’s my only opinion i would only say, ya schmuckity loser.

          • zero

            Pot, meet kettle, get along now.

      • JayTee

        Lol

        • Agreed, what a non-Based opinion!
          Everybody knows that PS4 is objectively the most Based console in existence!

          • Thatguy

            lmfao bro your “based” inputs with every sentence makes me laugh.

          • Well someone thinks he is amusing lol. I’ll be damned.

          • Thatguy

            Yo dude it honestly makes me laugh. I don’t know why. It’s like hearing someone talk about themselves in the third person and is actually serious about it. That kind of humor to me I guess.

          • Hahahaha you put me in the right perspective with that description. Well to me it’s freaking sad that he or she has dedicated all (or some) of his/her spare time on a dedicated Sony bash campaign.

            How fcking sad is that shtttttt. Seriously what are people doing online with their alter ego’s, internet persona’s and what not.

            It’s not only here on game sites mind you, I have seen many on Hotnewhiphop and other music sites. Ridiculous people sometimes. Keep it 100 geeshh.

          • Thatguy

            I don’t know, and frankly I don’t care. I just here for the “lols”
            Also I think he’s pro-Sony…..I think. At least it seems that way.

          • No he is not actually. He is extremely anti-Sony, but at times he fails so miserably that even Xbots fall for it.

            He uses too much sarcasm in an unwitty way.

          • Thatguy

            lmfao Ah.

          • You are a Based Phony!

          • Thatguy

            lmfao #clapback2016

      • Slipknot [RUAP]

        HAHAHAHA

      • PuppetMaster
        • Thatguy

          lmfao

      • Davis Arend

        LMAO!!!!! XD XD

      • Vaelore

        I think you mean censorship wise, for Nintendo.

      • stopbeingafanboy

        Dude…

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Sounds quite subjective. ;P

  • garf02

    it will be a shame if they were not making money given that forcing PS+ is basically free money,

    >start to charge for online service without improving its online,
    basically free money, there is a reason why they moved Network & Services
    from OTHER division to Games division the the next quarter after PS4 and mandatory
    pay for online launched.

    • PSN as been improved greatly from PS3 days, so try harder or look at facts. Game streaming, shareplay, networks is down far less then it used to be and thats with a rise in script kids trying to ddos everything to get internet fame now days.

      Now days its a common view for us that dont pick sides that PSN is matching Live now days.

      As for free money lol you do know that a network costs money to run? PS3 was free and it cost Sony, but that was likely offset in sales of hardware. Now they are making money in PS4 days but its still not free money and last i checked a companys job was to turn a profit, what they are now doing.

      • garf02

        no.
        Network and Services was always on red (AKA losses) and was always on OTHER Division during Financial releases. Games losses were always on hardware.

        After PS4 release, and Mandatory online, for 1st time in 6 years, OTHER division saw black Numbers. the next quarter, Sony announced it was moving Network and Services into Games, after it spent all its PS3 life time away from it (to not add more “-” to the already low GAMES division dues to hardware cannibalism and CELL Cost

        when it comes to numbers, ask anyone worth it salt, Sony is really “good” at manipulating Stats. Same reason goes as to why financial stats never split hardware sale other than Console and Handheld, (the number present is always PS3+PS4 and PSP+PSV) you only get numbers alone when it comes from the mouth of Sony. and yes,this is real and several investors has complained about it.

        • JustGaming

          Dude….. You are all over this thread, protesting SONY’s success and declaring Wii U superior in the gaming department. I’m speaking as a core Nintendo fan when I say this, and as subjective as opinions are, that’s some powerful crack you are smoking.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            JRPGman’s alt account?

          • JustGaming

            That was Cloudman, and he was swiftly banned when people caught on to him. This dude has a slightly different posting style, but he’s one 3DS-related rant away from the accusation lol……

        • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

          eating some steak now….can you pass me some of that salt, please?

  • Carlo

    So much for console gaming is dead. Its 2M more than the previous freaking year, more than half of the total shipped the year before. For something that has inferior graphics (versus PC) it sure is selling well and considering the line up that Sony has this year its going to be even better. Especially here in Asia. Why? Because the majority of games coming out are freaking JRPG’s, the genre that we associate Sony with. A majority of the people throughout my life I know got a Sony console because of a JRPG and this year we’ll be drowning in them

    • garf02

      is dead, no, but you can argue that is on decline.
      >but sony is making money
      Pay for online, forcing to buy controllers again, more standard hardware makes it more profitable, etc. but overall games quality and quantity are on decline, so goes for creativity, as even the most simple non indie game goes easily into the multi million investment, close to nobody is taking risk, even new IPs are spiritual successor or stick to a formula on its respective genre (shooters, Adventures, ETC) the more companies try to pursue the Graphix side the more this trend will go

      • Good Hunter

        Forced to buy a controller again?
        I’ve had my PS4 since 2014 and never was forced to buy a controller again. So, what are you talking about exactly?

        • garf02

          give me 1 reason why you cant use DS3? on any game (virtually all) that dont use the touch pad on any ultra special way

          • articuzwolf

            It’s a different console.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Because the DS4 is an improvement over DS3. Esepcially for fps games at that. Also, poster below said it best. It’s a new console silly. You’re not making sense. No one needs to give you a reason for using the touchpad. That’s simply your choice whether to use it or not. 😛

          • garf02

            if you guys think is cool pay 50$ per control for the same controller + a feature that is not used, cool, IMO, is dumb. but meh

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            The whole controller is redesigned and not the same. So no, I’m not paying for the same controller, but an improved one. Your points imo, are pointless. Not even sure why you’re even complaining over it. It’s quite silly. Lol.

      • Senpai Gundam

        At least state some facts.

        • Davis Arend

          My dear Senpai, don’t argue with him, is jrpgfan again, he just changed his nickname once more.

        • garf02

          sure, from what I said, pick up what I said is not a fact and ill look up the source to back it, break a leg

    • Joachim

      This year won’t be good for Sony what I think the prices of Oil prices and Stock are not going well at all….also the last recession was in 2008 so the next is around 2015/2018 the usual trend 7/10 years. I might be wrong who knows if Sony will selling as before. Let’s see

      • Carlo

        Pass me some of whatever you’re smoking

        • Davis Arend

          Make that two! Whatever you swallowed was some powerful shit.

          • Thatguy

            If what he swallowed makes you that delusional. I want no part of it.

        • Joachim

          If you’re referring drugs I’m not your drug dealer crackhead sorry

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          He’s a known Nintendo fanboy from WUD(Wii U Daily). Pay him no mind. Lol.

          • Carlo

            I’m actually entertained and almost answered / debated with him til I realized he was a troll. Trolls are fun sometimes if you get them in rare doses

  • Dark Knight66

    If shipped numbers didn’t matter for MS I damn sure don’t want to see them from Sony.

    • such.wow

      MS aren’t reporting shipped numbers any more. This is a financial report for investors, not for us. They’ve sold-through more than 35.9M PS4s.

      • Dark Knight66

        This was posted on a gaming website for fans to get hyped over. When MS was doing this ppl was was ready to point at XBOX fans and make jokes about them posting shipped numbers.

        • superkarma

          That’s because all Microsoft did was give out shipped numbers, for obvious reasons. Meanwhile, Sony has no problem giving out both shipped and sold-through numbers. Last time Microsoft gave a sold-through figure was January 2014.

          Moral of the story: If you don’t want to see shipped figures, don’t read financial reports.

        • such.wow

          MS haven’t posted shipped numbers with their financial reports for a while. This wasn’t posted on this website by Sony. Financial reports have always shown shipped numbers, we already know the sell-through of the PS4 as of January 3rd (35.9M), what more do you expect them to show? You know both sold-through and sold-in numbers, be happy.

  • superkarma

    Keep up the great work, Sony. Looking forward to the future ahead.

  • JayTee

    Kaz has done a good job so far turning Sony around, but it’s still early days under his leadership so hopefully it’ll only get better. PS4 has massive momentum and an amazing lineup of games this year so their games division certainly looks to be building further on their success…

  • Chris99

    I’m surprised their smartphones are actually selling well

    • articuzwolf

      Most of them are actually good. And their mainline Xperia Z is a great highend phone with arguably the best camera in the market.

      It’s SUPER expensive though, They kinda embrace the ‘premium item’ business style.
      I wanted to change my Z2 into Z5 but decided it wasn’t worth spending > $1000 on a cellphone.

      • rsco6969

        Agreed, the Xperia Z range is an awesome one, but the price is ridiculous for me, it was out of the Z5 and Sammy Edge but near £700 for a mobile is a bit too rich for me so I settled for the Sammy. Shame as I enjoyed the Z3

        • articuzwolf

          Exactly! I was planning to change to Z5 also but the price is ludicrous I decided it wouldn’t worth the investment since I’m probably gonna get a new phone in 2 years time.

          Also I heard that the snapdragon 810 was a bad product and I should avoid it.

  • Anders

    I hope Kaz will allow them to expand and aquire or form new first party studios.

    • MrSec84 .

      Well they’ve created Pixel Opus, SCE Connected Group and North West Studio.
      Scott Rohde said in a recent interview with Kinda Funny Games that Sony are always open to expanding their studios and acquiring new ones if the relationship fits.

      I think it’s all a matter of whether the partnership is mutually beneficial.
      Naughty Dog were at around 250 staff before The Last of Us Remastered came out, they have around 300 now.
      Guerrilla Games were at something like 200 at the beginning of the generation (I’m pretty sure that included Cambridge staff), now they’re at over 270.
      Media Molecule were at somewhere around the 50 staff mark at the beginning of the generation, now they have 58 people, plus they’re hiring for another 4 people and they’ve asked for anyone who thinks they could be of use to get in touch, so it’s safe to say they want more people than that.

      Plenty of Sony’s other studios are hiring.
      Sounds like mostly Sony likes to expand their own studios where needed, but if they do find others or find people that warrant making new studios then they’re open to creating new studios or acquiring them.

    • Carl

      Sony already have enough 1st party studios, they don’t really need anymore than that, maybe they’d hire more people to existing studios (so they can form 2 or 3 teams each) but that’s it. Also, some of the 1st party studios (particularly Sony Santa Monica) lend a help to developers of smaller independent games.

  • GamerAlligator

    Great success, Sony! Expect more increase sales with Uncharted 4!

  • Joachim

    and meanwhile with Wii U…….

  • stopbeingafanboy

    Well…damn .

  • RealityCheck2015

    Excellent News 😛

  • Longstride458

    Good work Sony!

  • And with this news our enjoyment of the Based PS4 increases by another 67.3%!

    • Tom Hanks

      Why should sales news have any impact on your own personal enjoyment of a piece of plastic? Are you a shareholder? Do you have any real financial stakes on the line that’s dependent on this corporation’s success? They don’t care if you live forever or die right this second, yet here you are. A sickening display of idol worship.

      Your routine is getting old on these comment boards.

      • I’m simply sharing my excitement on this most Based of news.
        I don’t see people posting hilarious Kaz gifs get any sort of flack, because they’re also Based.

        • Tom Hanks

          You know what would really be Based? You dropping the tired schtick of pledging a nigh-religious fanatical allegiance to a soulless corporation that you owe nothing to.

          • DarkHiei1

            quit your whining female

  • Afnan Acchan

    Without any games (like some hater claim) PS4 can sold like this imagine if it got more games. I expect 23 million next fiscal. Sales in Japan will more than double with DQ, FF and Persona.

  • Ruggarell

    PS4 has a monopoly on the current marketshare. What are Microsoft and Nintendo doing to fight back?

    • The term Monopoly is not what you describe.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Many people seem to have a lack of understanding between leading and monopolizing.