What you need to know
- Sony just held their Q1 (first financial quarter) results for 2019
- During the presentation, it was revealed that 100 million PlayStation 4 units have been shipped.
- This is a major sales milestone for the console to reach.
- Additionally, Sony revealed that the digital share for full game downloads is now 53%
Sony just held its financial results for Q1 2019, which is three months ending on June 30, 2019. Going through the presentation, there are a couple of major highlights for the PlayStation side of Sony's business. To start off, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 4 has crossed 100 million units shipped, with 3.2 million consoles being sold during the last quarter.
This is a major milestone for the console to reach, and it did so even faster than Sony's insanely successful PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 2 took five years and nine months to hit 100 million units shipped, while the PlayStation 4 has done so in five years seven months.
Another interesting highlight from the financial results is the digital vs physical game share. Full game downloads are now 53% of the share, which is the first time digital downloads have overtaken sales of physical copies. Last year, digital was at 43%, which means a 10% change year-over-year. PlayStation Plus membership has also grown, at 36.2 million subscribers over 33.9 million during the same period last year.
Operating income for the Gaming division still took a 12% drop overall, which is to be expected this late into a generation. Sony has also lowered its forecast, both overall and specifically for gaming looking forward through 2019, citing lower-than-expected sales of PlayStation 4 units and third-party software.
With upcoming software like Death Stranding coming in 2019, Sony has some games left in the tank for the PlayStation 4 before the next generation begins.
PlayStation accessories you'll love
Every one of these quality accessories is guaranteed to enhance your PlayStation experience.
EasySMX VIP002S RGB Gaming Headset ($36 at Amazon)
Good headsets tend to get expensive, but the EasySMX VIP002S headset gives you the best of both worlds: affordability and quality.
HyperX ChargePlay Duo ($20 at Amazon)
Charge up your controllers without taking up that precious USB space on your console. The HyperX ChargePlay Duo can charge two at once in two hours through an AC adapter.
PDP Bluetooth Media Remote ($20 at Amazon)
PlayStation is good for much more than gaming. When you want to browse the web or navigate your favorite apps, a DualShock 4 controller just doesn't cut it.
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