In the case of hardware sales, the case is completely in line with Sony. Sales of Sony hardware in the second quarter of 2021 were about 160 billion yen ($ 1.4 billion), up from just 41 billion yen ($ 361 million) last year. This represents a staggering 287 percent increase in hardware sales over the previous year.
According to the statistics, the PlayStation 5 console sold another 3.3 million units in the last quarter. In the previous quarter, PlayStation 5 managed to sell 2.3 million units. This shows that sales of Sony's ninth generation console have increased in the last quarter. Sony's extra effort to supply console inventory could be better than the reasons for this performance. Thus, the total sales of PlayStation 5 as of September 30, 2021 have reached more than 13.4 million units.
However, we have seen a slight decrease in sales of software (games). During this period, game sales were 343 billion yen ($ 3 billion), down 3.5 percent from last year. If we want to look at this statistic in more detail, the physical sales of games were 28 billion yen ($ 246 million), which is a decrease of 17% compared to the previous year. Digital sales were up 126 billion yen ($ 1.1 billion), about the same as last year. Overall, digital sales accounted for 62% of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 game sales in the last quarter. Sales of additional game content were 188 billion yen ($ 1.6 billion), up 9.5 percent from the same period last year.
Various factors can reduce the operating profit of Sony video games. On the other hand, the loss due to the strategic pricing of the PlayStation 5, which for some time was a loss for Sony (although it is no longer a loss) is influential in this statistic, and another point is the decline in sales of the PlayStation 4 and of course the lack of a major monopoly like Ghost of Sushima. Of course, this is not strange and we could have predicted it. Usually after the release of a console due to the loss due to its pricing, a decrease in operating profit is usually predicted to this extent.
However, the performance of the PlayStation in the second quarter of 2021 was generally extraordinary. In fact, PlayStation earned the best second quarter in video game history in terms of revenue. Also in the first half of this fiscal year, which began in April, Sony's video game segment saw a 13.3 percent increase over the first half of fiscal 2020.
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Another interesting point is that due to the delay in the release of some exclusive games, Sony's forecast for the entire fiscal year of PlayStation has remained unchanged This shows that they are confident in the performance of this sector in the continuation of the fiscal year.
Source: GameIndustry.biz <// a>