PS4 Sales Fall Compared With Last Year

Sony has now shipped around 76.5 million systems worldwide so far.

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Electronics giant Sony today announced earnings for the period ended December 31, showing slowing PlayStation 4 sales. For the quarter, Sony shipped 9 million PS4 consoles, which compares to 9.7 million during the same period last year.

In October, Sony announced there were 67.5 million PS4s shipped, so with the 9 million more added in this earnings report, that comes to 76.5 million as of December 31. By comparison, the PlayStation 3 sold more than 80 million units worldwide, so the PS4 is closing in on that.

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In other Sony news, CEO Kaz Hirai--who was previously the boss of the PlayStation business, has stepped down. He will officially leave his post on April 1 (this is not an April Fools' joke).

Sony's video game division, which is called Game & Network Services, saw its sales and operating income increase year-over-year, as you can see in the chart. The uptick in revenue was due in part to increased PS4 game sales, including digital sales through PSN.

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Sony, which is a massive company whose other branches including film, TV, and music, reported revenue of $23.65 billion, which is up 11.5 percent compared to last year. The company pulled in $2 million in profit for the period, which is up from last year.

You can read Sony's full earnings report here on the company's investor site.

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