PlayStation Vita Sales Take a Tumble, Sony Loses $42 Million
Sony’s quarterly sales report is in, and the electronics giant has seen better days.
In the game department specifically, the company saw a loss of 3.5 Billion Yen (AUD$42.5 Million) which it is blaming on the slow down of PlayStation 3 and PSP sales.
The company said the dwindling sales were slightly offset by the launch of PlayStation Vita – the latest handheld console from Sony – but refused to release specific Vita sales numbers. The Vita sales were put in the same category as PSP, and the company posted 1.4 Million sales combines – down from 1.8 Million PSP sales in the same period (April-June) last year.
Sony also combined the sales of PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 together for the first time – the total coming to a modest 2.8 Million units sold, down from 3.2 Million combined in the same period last year.
Software sales also took a bit of a hit this year. PSP and Vita software sales totaled 5.8 million units, down from 6.6 million PSP games in the year prior. A similar story was told with the home consoles – 20.1 million units of software for PlayStation 2 and 3 compared to 27.6 million the year before.
As a result, Sony have lowered their PlayStation Vita (and PSP) sales predictions – their original plan was to sell 16 million consoles combined. That has now come down to 12 million by the end of the financial year.
The entire company posted a loss of around AUD$296.75 Million for the quarter, the main black holes coming from the ailing TV business and a slow down in mobile phone sales.