Sony Riding High with 40 Million PS4s Shipped

Sony Riding High with 40 Million PS4s Shipped

Sony's game-based revenue is doing great for the company.

We're still dealing with rumors of an upgraded PlayStation 4, but in the meantime the original model is doing great for Sony Computer Entertainment. At a part of its financial earnings report for the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2016, Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 has shipped 40 million units to date, with 17.7 million of those coming from this fiscal year.

Kaz Hirai is riding high.

For the year, Sony's Game & Network Services division - which houses the PlayStation side of the company - hit 1.551 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) in revenue, up 11.8 percent from the previous fiscal year. Operating income came to 88.7 billion yen ($789 million), almost double the previous year. The fourth fiscal quarter of 2015 saw sales of 315.5 billion yen ($2.8 billion), up 9 percent year-over-year.

The network side of the Game & Network Services, which includes all sales through the PlayStation Network, including games, movies, and music, came to 529 million yen ($4.7 billion), which actually puts it slightly ahead of all the money Nintendo made during the same period. For the fiscal year, Nintendo's sales overall came to 504.4 billion yen ($4.5 billion). It's unknown how much of that is tied up in PlayStation Plus subscriptions, which PS4 owners need to have for basic online services. A Microsoft comparision is much harder, given that the fiscal years don't line up and Xbox is a part of the Personal Computing division, which includes Windows OEM sales.

Basically, Sony is currently dominating in comparison to other platform holders. Assuming Nintendo's NX doesn't completely upend the table - which is possible - Sony is comfortably in the lead for this hardware generation.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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