Sony Has Shipped Over 47.4 Million PlayStation 4 Systems

by Robert Workman


For those that think that the PlayStation 4 might not reach a sales peak due to the competition of the Xbox One, Sony has some numbers that are sure to prove you wrong.

The company has posted its financial results today for the second quarter of the fiscal year (going from July 1st through September 30th), and it was noted that 3.9 PlayStation 4 systems shipped during this time, bringing the overall lifetime total of units shipped to 47.4 million units. Even though system shipments were down by 100,000 units from the previous quarter, this is still quite an impressive number, indicating that the system still has a lengthy amount of time on the market.

Sales for game and network services managed to decrease a little bit over the previous year, falling 21 percent to 19 billion yen (or $188 million USD). This is mainly due to the price drop of the PlayStation 4 system, as well as a steady decrease in PlayStation 3 software sales. The company notes they were "partially offset by PS4 hardware cost reductions and the above-mentioned increase in PS4 software sales."

That said, Sony still expects to have a killer holiday season, with 20 million units set to ship within the remainder of the fiscal year (ending March 31, 2017).

Sony was mum when it came to sales numbers for its recently launched PlayStation VR units, but indicated that sales "are on track" for the device, with more units set to ship sometime over the course of the holiday season. Could it possible sell through a million units by the time Christmas is said and done? We'll have to wait and see. 

Plus, keep in mind that the PlayStation Pro is set to launch next week, and the company has strong expectations behind its latest hardware, despite certain limitations. Could it help the company's gaming division rebound? We'll find out in just a few weeks…

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.