Confident Sony reckons it’s going to sell a load more PlayStation 4 consoles in the run-up to Christmas despite having more than 80million in homes already.
The games firm has been boasting about its belief that it’ll outperform even its own predictions in the coming months because the machine is doing so well.
In three monthly figures published this week, Sales and operating revenue were slightly up five percent year-on-year, reaching £13.3bn.
Operating income was also up a whopping 24 percent year-on-year, rising to £1.3bn in the three months to June.
A financial report said the growth was “significant” within the Game & Network Services (G&NS) segment.
That’s the PlayStation brand.
The Japanese company stated it had seen sales up 36 percent year-on-year, rising to £3.2bn. Operating income in the G&NS segment also increased 65.7 percent year-on-year to hit £0.57bn.
Compare that with sales in Sony’s Music segment, which only increased 12.9 percent year-on-year.
And the hit action-adventure exclusive PS4 title God of War was the big driver of game sales during that period.
And with a strong E3 performance, highlighting a slew of upcoming blockbuster games like Spider-Man, the bods at Sony reckon they’re going to do very well the rest of the year.
The report read: “This significant increase in sales and operating income was primarily due to an increase in sales of PS4 software including through the network.”
“Third-party titles significantly exceeding expectations” and “strong feedback” from titles presented at E3 are among the reasons for Sony to expect more PS4 sales, both hardware, and software, by the end of FY18.
The PS4 sold an additional 3.2m units during that quarter, compared to 3.3m in the same period last year.
But Sony still expects to have sold a total of 17m PS4 units by the end of this financial
That takes lifetime sales for the console right now to 82.2m machines worldwide.
For software, 40.6m units were sold during the quarter, 43 percent of which were digital downloads.
But there was some bad news. The number of PlayStation Plus subscribers has dropped to 33.9m, from 34.2m during the previous quarter.