In recent weeks, PlayStation has been on everyone’s lips. The desire for next-gen is palpable and Mark Cerny has inflamed souls when he shared the first details about the new Sony console (which, let’s remember, is not yet officially called PlayStation 5). Now, through a recent financial meeting, we can find that Sony’s video game division is ” increasing development costs for the next generation of consoles ” . Furthermore, new details were shared on PS4.
We find out that 17.8 million consoles were shipped during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. There was a decrease of 1.2 million, compared to 19 in the previous fiscal year, but this is a physiological decrease, given the approach of the new generation. In total, we know that PS4 has sold 96.8 million since its launch in 2013 : it seems increasingly obvious that the 100 million mark will be exceeded by the end of 2019.
We also discover that Sony has a total of 36.4 million active subscriptions to the PlayStation Plus . The whole digital side is also marking excellent numbers: the earnings of PlayStation Network (full games, DLC, PS Now, PS Plus) amount to 12.8 billion dollars for the fiscal year 2018-2019: it is a new record annual.
The video game division of Sony, called “Game and Network Services” has seen revenues of 20.9 billion dollars. PS4 sales have fallen, as mentioned, but the decrease has been offset by PS4 software sales and PlayStation Plus subscriptions. It seems therefore that it was a good year for PlayStation , and certainly part of the credit is due to the various exclusives that have achieved great results, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man .