First quarter sales for Sony's Game and Network Services segment, which house the PlayStation division, declined 3% year-over-year to ¥457.5 billion ($4.21 billion), while operating income fell almost 12% to ¥73.8 billion ($679 million).
By jove, they've done it - Sony has now sold through 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles.
The PS4 is only the fourth home console to reach the nine-figure mark, after the Nintendo Wii and two of its own three predecessors.
Whilst on the numbers, there are now around 36.2 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, which is up 2.3 million from the same period previous year.
Apple Expected to Launch 3 New iPhones With 5G Compatibility Next Year
Moreover, by 2020 consumers will view 5G as a key buying point and Apple will be able to take advantage of the carrier subsidies. Kup says all three of the 2020 iPhones will feature a front-facing camera system with Face ID.
The PlayStation 4 has passed yet another milestone, and this time it's the big one.
Daniel Ahmad, Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, says that the PS4 is the fastest home console to reach 100 million units sales, which it achieved in the five years and seven months since it launched on November 15, 2013. If we expand that to include handhelds as well, then the addition of the Nintendo DS and the Game Boy bring the total number of systems to hit that mark up to a mere six.
Does that mean the PS4 is going to surpass the total sales of the Wii and PS2?
"Sales are expected to be lower than the April forecast primarily due to lower-than-expected PlayStation4 ("PS4") software sales mainly from non-first-party titles, as well as lower-than-expected PS4 hardware unit sales". That's a sizable increase over the 45% ratio we saw in Q4 2018, so it seems that more and more people are buying games digitally. In the same earnings report, the company revealed that digital purchases of full PS4 games during this past quarter hit 53%, the first time more players had purchased digital copies of games over physical ones.