PlayStation 4 has now hit the 100 million units shipped milestone. This new milestone was announced by Sony during the latest financial report, which shows us exciting prospects for PS4. The financial report shows us results for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019 which ran from April 1 to June 30, 2019.
The financial report reveals that Sony sold/shipped a total of 3.2 million PS4 devices in the quarter ended June 30. It means that PlayStation 4 sales now sit at 100 million mark. Sony previously announced that PlayStation 4 shipped 96.8 million units at the end of the company’s financial year March 31, 2019.
In addition to this, Sony Interactive Entertainment has now lowered its previous PlayStation 4 sales forecast due to the lower than expected non-first party software sales and lower than expected PS4 hardware sales.
Sony now expects PlayStation 4 to sell 15 million units instead of 16 million during the fiscal year 2019, which runs from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.
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.
Despite the on-going decrease in sales, PS4 is still the fastest-growing home game console to reach 100 million unit sales, according to Senior Analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad.
Daniel Ahmad wrote on Twitter that PS4 reached the 100 million mark faster than PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii. Playstation 2 reached this milestone in a total of five years and 9 months but PS4 managed to reach the same milestone in just 5 years and 7 months.
This makes PlayStation 4 the fastest home console to reach 100 million unit sell in.
Faster than both the PS2 and Wii which were just behind.
It took PS2 a total of five years and 9 months. PS4 was just 5 years and 7 months. pic.twitter.com/g4Bk8sckYf
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 30, 2019
Apart from sales, the financial report mentions that PlayStation Plus subscribers count is now at 36.2 Million, which is up 2.3 million compared to Q1 2018. In addition to this, Sony mentioned that PlayStation 4 software sales reached 42.9 million units in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019.
In short, PS4 sales continue to stay strong. Sony has now also revealed that digital sales are now over 50 percent mark. It means that more people are now buying digital games than ever before.
Despite the upcoming PlayStation 5, Sony has confirmed that it will remain focused on PS4. Sony made it clear recently that PlayStation 4 will remain the “engine of engagement and profitability for the next three years” and will “provide the fertile early adopter gamer base critical for next-gen success”.
Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 5 is expected to be released in 2020. And Hopefully, the next-gen console will do much better than PS4 from the start.
It’s confirmed that PS5 will come with 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backward compatibility feature. In addition to this, Sony’s Mark Cerny has confirmed that it will be a slow transition from PS4 to PS5. It means that we will see new releases on PS4 even after the release of next-gen PlayStation console.
You can read more about PlayStation 4 sales from Sony’s FY2019 Q1 Earnings report.