Sony have announced their financial results for the third quarter of the 2019 fiscal year. PlayStation 4 console has hit 108.9 million worldwide shipments but the overall sales were down year-on-year as PlayStation 5 release is coming soon.
PlayStation 4 has shipped 108.9 million units worldwide, Sony have officially announced in their financial results. The Japanese tech giant shared the results from the third quarter of 2019, where a total of 6.1 million units were purchased by retailers from all over the world. This means that the total number of PS4 shipped units has reached 108.9 million as of December 2019.
However, the sales are significantly down year-on-year (20 per cent), which is not surprising since the PlayStation 4 life cycle is at its end and Sony are getting ready to announce their brand new, next-generation console PlayStation 5. It does not really make a lot of sense to purchase a console which is set to be replaced this year.
A decrease in third-party software sales has also been recorded while the operating income was also down year-on-year due to lower third-party software sales. PlayStation Plus sales, on the other hand, saw a big increase. Sony claim that there are 38.8 million PlayStation Plus subscribers as of 31 December 2019, which is 2.5 million more than the 36.3 million subscribers during the same period last fiscal year.
Interestingly, Sony did not change their earlier forecasts which claimed that PlayStation 4 will ship 13.5 million units by the end of the fiscal year 2019, which runs from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.