Following the first details about the PlayStation 5 announced last week by system architect Mark Cerny, Sony has now formally confirmed a next-generation console. In the corporate’s latest earnings report, Sony stated its gaming division expertise an “increase in development expensed for the next generation console.”
That’s all Sony needed to say with reference to the PS5, nonetheless.
According to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, Sony’s resolution to seemingly randomly announce the PS5 final week was not fully random. Schreier says that one cause is as a result of Sony simply began to ship PS5 devkits to third-party studios, they usually wished to get forward of leaks.
Also within the earnings report, Sony introduced that it shipped 17.eight million PS4 consoles throughout the fiscal yr ended March 31. That’s down from 19 million throughout the yr prior. In all, the PS4 has now offered 96.eight million consoles worldwide since its launch in 2013.
PS4 gross sales have been falling yearly for years now, which is sensible given the console is so previous. For the present fiscal yr, Sony expects PS4 gross sales to drop but once more, falling to 16 million.
It was additionally confirmed within the earnings report that Sony has 36.four million paying PlayStation Plus subscribers. Sony’s digital choices are doing very properly. PlayStation Network income, together with full-game downloads, DLC, PS Now, and PlayStation Plus, amounted to over $12.eight billion for the yr, which is a brand new yearly document.
Sony’s online game division general, referred to as Game and Network Services, noticed income of $20.9 billion. PS4 gross sales dropped, as talked about, however this decline was partially offset by extra PS4 sport gross sales and PlayStation Plus subscriptions. Some of the numbers and evaluation right here was compiled by Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad.