A hefty amount of information came out from Sony’s investor meeting today, and there’s plenty of good news for PlayStation. In the last quarter, Sony announced that the PS4 shipped 100 million units faster than any other console. Today, Sony revealed that the PS4 outsold the first PlayStation and Nintendo Wii, selling 102.8 million units, making it the second-best-selling game console ever. The PS4 is now only trailing its older brother, the PS2.
In spite of this impressive milestone, Sony decreased their fiscal year 2019 sales projections for the console by 1.5 million in response to the delay of The Last of Us Part II, which has been pushed back to late May and therefore in the 2020 fiscal year. PlayStation 4 is also significantly slowing down in sales as it sold 1.1 million fewer units compared to the same quarter in 2018, which saw the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man in early September. Overall, profits for the gaming giant have dropped by 35% in light of the aging generation of consoles and frequent delays of major AAA titles that would boost console sales.
At least the PS4 does have a major exclusive (Death Stranding) for the holiday season, so sales would increase during that quarter. It’s clear that at this point in the generational cycle, both Sony and Microsoft are going to hunker down and make sure their next machines have a successful launch next year. While the PS4 has a solid lineup of games in 2020, we could definitely see interest in the current generation significantly drop in 2020 regardless of the game releases due to next-gen dominating the conversation.
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