PS4 Reaches 76.5 Million Consoles Shipped as PlayStation Business Soars

PS4 Reaches 76.5 Million Consoles Shipped as PlayStation Business Soars

Q3 PS4 shipments down on projections, but gaming division profits reach 85 Billion Yen ($774,350,000).

Sony's PlayStation 4 console worldwide shipments has reached 76.5 million, with 9 million coming in the quarter ending December 31, 2017. The figures were released as part of the firm's financial results for Q3 of its financial year.

While global shipments of the PS4 are down for the quarter compared to Q3 FY 2016 (9 million against 9.7 million), the PlayStation division's sales and profits are up.

Worldwide total shipments for PlayStation 4 have reached 76.5 million, Sony announced in its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2017. 718 Billion yen in sales (617 Billion yen in sales in 2016) with a profit of 85 Billion yen (50 Billion yen in 2016), are certainly impressive, with Sony citing an increase in PS4 software sales as one of the reasons for the growth.

Sony still forecasts total PS4 shipment numbers of 19 million for the 2017 financial year ending March 31, 2018. The January 26 release of Monster Hunter World, its marketing heavily tied to the PS4, has no doubt helped move consoles. Other games due before the end of March include Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Survive, Yakuza 6, Ni No Kuni 2, and Far Cry 5.

Despite impressive financial results, Sony's current CEO, Kaz Hirai, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role on April 1, 2018.

Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site VideoGamer.com, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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