Sony has confirmed that their game division managed to make a profit of ¥45.7 billion (£348m/$564m) in the third quarter that ended on 31st December. The company believes that the sales of PlayStation games and the cost reductions on the PlayStation 3 hardware heavily contributed to the profit.
However, sales did decrease 6.4% year-on-year but Sony believes they will sell more PS3s this financial year than the previous one. They are forecasting that they will be able to sell 15 million PS3s worldwide by the end of the current financial year. That’s pretty good, as Sony sold 13 million PS3s during the entire last financial year.
6.3 million PS3s were sold during the quarter, which is down 0.2%. Regardless, Sony has already hit their sales projection for the year. Total global PS3 sales now sit at a comfortable 47.9 million. The Xbox 360 has sold 50 million worldwide, so it looks like the PS3 Slim and Sony’s re-found focus on games has really made a difference.
The PSP sold 3.6 million in the quarter, which is down from 4.2 million in the previous year. In the financial year to date, it has sold eight million. PlayStation 2 sales are still chugging away, at a respectable 2.1 million which is exactly the same as Q3 2009.
Critically, PS3 game sales were up by 10 million units from 47.6 million to 57.6 million. Sony makes money on every game sold for the PS3 through a platform license fee. PSP game sales rose to 16.5 million from 15 million last year as custom firmware implementation became harder and less effective. Unfortunately, PS2 game sales fell from 11.2 million units to 5.3 million.