You can discard any notions about the console market saturating because PlayStation 4 is still enjoying remarkable success that is expected to further boost next year.
While reporting its earnings earlier today (via GameSpot) for the quarter ended September 30, Sony announced that it has now shipped 67.5 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide. 4.2 million units were shipped during the quarter, which is up from 3.9 million units for the same period last year.
It is important to point out that the figures relate to units shipped to retailers and does not confirm units bought by consumers. Nonetheless, there is clearly an ever-increasing demand and business is growing for the company.
Sony also noted that the quarter enjoyed the highest shipment figure for PlayStation 4 since the holiday period last year where it shipped 9.7 million units.
Based on the current trend, the company has improved its forecast to 19 million units shipped by the conclusion of the fiscal year on March 31, 2018. This was previously set at 18 million. If Sony does match the prediction, it will be down in comparison to the last fiscal year where it shipped 20 million units.
Elsewhere, the software and network division for the console business saw sales increase 35.4 percent year-over-year to ¥433.2 billion. Operational income increased as well for the quarter, up from ¥35.8 billion to ¥54.8 billion.
“This significant increase was primarily due to the above-mentioned increase in sales, partially offset by an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses. During the current quarter, there was a 3.1 billion yen positive impact from foreign exchange rate fluctuations,” Sony said.
Sony just wrapped up Paris Games Week (PGW 2017) last night. It featured footage from a number of upcoming exclusive hitters for PlayStation 4 next year, including God of War.