Sony has released its earnings report for the last quarter ended March 31, 2018. This gives us an update on the PlayStation business, which sold 2.5 million PS4 units worldwide in the quarter. This brings the console's lifetime revenue to around 79 million units, nearly topping the PS3 sales volume, which reached 80 million in 2013.
Revenue from Sony's Game & Network Services business increased 18% to 1,943.8 billion yen for the quarter. The Company attributed this, in large part, to an increase in PS4 software sales, which increased from 50.6 million in the same period last year to 52 million units. This included a significant increase in digital sales as 43% of the games sold were digital, compared to 37% in the previous year. For the entire year, 32% of the full versions were sold digitally.
Sony has also noticed an increase in PlayStation Plus subscribers. As of March 31
For the current fiscal year, which runs at the end of March 2019, Sony said it expects sales for the department to fall about 2%. This is mainly due to a decline in PS4 sales, which is not surprising given the upcoming five-year anniversary of the console. In other words, these gains do not indicate an impending launch of the PS5.
For the full year, Sony's revenue grew 12% overall to 8,554 billion yen. Game and Network Services rose to 1,943.8 billion yen for the full year from 1,649.8 billion yen in the year ended March 31, 2017.