Year-on-years sales of PS4 are down in advance of PlayStation 4 Pro release

Sony have shipped 47.7m PlayStation 4 consoles

Sony has revealed more than 47.4m PlayStation consoles have been shipped to retailers worldwide. That figure was revealed in the firm’s financials for the quarter ending September 30th, with 3.9m PS4 machines shipped during September.

Just to be clear, this is the amount of machines Sony has sold to retailers, not consoles sold to consumers. The latest official sales were released in May, and figures stated that 40m were in the hands of consumers around the world.

The company hasn’t yet revealed sales figures for the PlayStation VR as it’s virtual reality headset was released after the end of the last quarter, meaning we likely won’t see how the headset performed for some time. Sony do however claim that sales for the platform are "on track".

MCV also highlighted that the PlayStation 4’s sales have actually dropped year on year by 0.1m, although they point out it’s likely that sales have slowed due to consumers waiting for the PlayStation 4 Pro.

“The year-on-year decrease in sales was mainly due to the appreciation of the yen,” CFO Kenichiro Yoshida said.

“The current quarter was a period during which our hardware was changing due to the launch of a new model of PS4 in September. The year-on-year decrease in operating income was primarily due to the price cut of the new PS4 model. The negative impact on operating income of the price cut was partially offset by continued cost reductions, but operating income for the segment decreased due to the residual impact of decreased PS3 software sales.

“However, the strong momentum of the business continues, as is shown in the 31 per cent year-on-year increase in network revenues. The sales of PS VR, which was launched in October, are on track. Furthermore, this month, we plan to launch the PS4 Pro, a high value-added model.”

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