This year, PlayStation 4 console registered a high number of sales, but, however, Sony predicts that its popularity will slowly decrease and so will the sales. Sony’s fiscal year ended on March 31, 2017. Up to that point, the company shipped about 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles. This figure represents the best number for the system, reaching in the region of 60 million units shipped.
Despite the good outcomes in 2016, the sales for the PlayStation 4 console might drop
Sony announced that in May 2016 they sold approximately 40 million units, while in December they managed to sell about 50 million units. The devices in the game division represented the best performers of the company’s traditional units during the whole fiscal year. The report indicated that the operating profit was of approximately $1.21 billion off $14.7 billion in revenue.
The sales increased by 6.3% while the profit raised by 52.9%. Nevertheless, this year might also be a good year for PS4 hardware sales. In the current fiscal year, Sony is predicting to sell about 18 million consoles, indicated that the sales of the system might have reached a maximum limit. On March 31, 2018, Play Station 4 will have been on the market for four years. Considering gaming consoles life cycle, this one is still selling pretty well despite the fact that was out approximately four years ago.
Last year, Sony shipped about 20 million such gaming consoles
The sales of the PlayStation 4 continue to surpass those of the PlayStation 2 game console. After four years it had been out on the market, the PlayStation 2 sold more than 71 million units. After eleven years, the PS2 console ended up shipping over 150 million copies. However, it appears to become difficult for the PlayStation 4 console to have such an extended life cycle like the PS2 did.
In 2006, the PlayStation 2 experienced a price cut to $129. The PS2 was different than the PS4 which has as a cornerstone a traditional PC hardware which might not indicate similar capability for cost-cutting. Sony has already prepared to improve the PS4 by launching a robust Pro model. Nevertheless, the userbase of the PlayStation 4 is already pretty strong, and it is bound to grow at a steady pace. This puts the company in a good light since new titles, like God of War, Gran Turismo, Uncharted and The Las of Us series, are yet to come.
Do you believe that the sales for PS4 will drop this year? Do you think that Sony will launch a new console soon?
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