In a little over five months, and despite everything going on right now, Sony sold 7.8 million PlayStation 5 units. This news is part of the company’s latest financial reports, which show that the company moved 3.3 million consoles between January and March. At the same time, the company has also moved an additional one million PS4s, further strengthening the company’s gaming dominance.
The pandemic has changed the habits of many people, with gambling being one of the main beneficiaries of the crisis which has seen large numbers of people stay at home. There are now 47.6 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, and the company has reported around 109 million PlayStation Network users in the past three months. And while game sales were down from the holiday quarter, more of them were downloaded digitally.
In fact, the only thing that seems to hold Sony back at the moment is its own ability to make these consoles fast enough for people to buy them.
As for the company itself, Sony saw a significant drop in sales and net profit compared to the same three months last year. The latter figure, in fact, rose from 12.6 billion yen to 107 billion yen, mainly due to the games division of the company, as well as its financial services arm. Less credit goes to Sony’s cinema division, which suffered from the same issues as the rest of the industry until 2020.
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