PS4 Ships 60 Million Units
New heights for the PlayStation 4.
As part of Sony's earnings report for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended March 31, the company announced it shipped 2.9 million PlayStation 4 units in the past three months. That's up from 2.3 million during the same period last year.
For the full fiscal year (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017), Sony shipped 20 million PS4 units, up from 17.7 million units during the prior fiscal year. You can see more numbers and how they compare in the graph below.
With the 2.9 million units shipped in the last quarter, Sony has now shipped 60 million PS4 consoles around the world, up from the 57.1 million figure that was announced in March. Sixty million is precisely the number that Sony forecasted it would ship by the end of the fiscal year.
Another key takeaway from the Sony earnings report today is that the company is forecasting PS4 shipments to amount to 18 million units for the current fiscal year. This would be down from the fiscal year that just ended. Sony didn't say why it believes shipments will dip.
In terms of actual financials, Sony's video game division, Game & Network Services, saw revenue jump 6.3 percent year-over-year to $14.73 billion. Sony said the uptick in sales was primarily due to a spike in PS4 game sales, along with hardware sales also rising year-over-year. The increases were partially offset by the impact of the PS4 price cut and foreign exchange rates.
Operating income for the Game & Network Services division rose to $1.21 billion, an increase that Sony attributed to "cost reductions" for the PS4, as well as the previously mentioned jump in PS4 game sales. The income jump was negatively impacted by the PS4 price cut and PS3 sales dropping off.
Across all business units, Sony's revenue dropped 6.2 percent to $67.88 billion, while operating income fell to $2.57 billion.
You can read Sony's full earnings report here.
This story has been updated.