Grim reading: PlayStation revenue, hardware and software sales decline in Q3

Thursday, 29th January 2009 07:57 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Sony’s PlayStation business showed like-for-like decline in the quarter ending December 31, the company confirmed today, with both hardware and software sales shrunk compared to the previous corresponding period.

Game division sales for the quarter were down 32 percent to 394 billion yen.

Overall PlayStation hardware sales for the quarter amounted to 12.06 million units, down from 16.06 million in the third quarter of 2007.

Software sales across all PlayStation consoles sat at 86 million for the quarter, down from 105 million a year ago.

PS3 software sales rose 57 percent to 40.8 million in the quarter, success drowned out by a crashing PS2: PlayStation 2 game sales were down 30 million units to 29.7 million.

Full year estimates for the PlayStation business are now pegged at 33 million for hardware compared to 36.86 million in 2007.

Software estimates for 2008 now stand at 250 million units, down from 267.4 million in 2007.

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  1. Blerk

    Sony must be wondering where it all started going wrong. Luckily I can clear that up for them – E3 2005. Set your time machines for the day before and go and warn yourselves.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Whizzo

    The strength of the Yen is really not doing them too many favours either.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Robo_1

    The only way is up, eh boys?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Or down.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Whizzo

    You forgot sideways!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. SilentLoner

    Isn’t that because this time last year a price drop had happened?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. scratchy69

    It breaks my heart. Hurry up Final Fantasy XIII. You’re our only hope.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Zorg

    Grim? GRIM?

    #8 6 years ago

    The PS3 is doomed!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. DS1086

    So many insecure XBots.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Squa11

    Not surprising really.
    Hopefully the economy will get better.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. fearmonkey

    This years software releases for the PS3 look very strong.
    Whether it means more sales, it’s hard to say.
    Killzone2, God of war 3, Infamous, and uncharted 2 all look really good.

    MS has not told us what we can really expect from 2009, though im betting Killer instinct will be announced this year. I’m betting Bioshock2, Mass Effect 2 will also be announced. It will be interesting to see what other surprises MS has for us at this years E3.
    I’m hoping for Deus-ex 3 to be out this year too. A thief title would be nice as well.

    I’m glad to see the PS3 didn’t succeed at $599, otherwise that would be the cost norm for future consoles.
    I just hope we don’t get minimal upgrades for the next gen thanks to the success of the Wii

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    There is a big risk that’ll be the case… although I’d argue that as long as there isn’t another resolution increase (there really shouldn’t be) even moderate increases in power should delivery good results.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Mad-elph

    The fact that they’ve made a profit should be enough to keep it going seeing as how the rest of Sony corp has been struggling for multiple quarters. This hugh Yen is killing them and low sales of everything. Sony need to partner up with someone… maybe Apple can use it’s 20 Billion cash in the bank to move on Sony and bring more technology in-house. Or Maybe Google will secretly buy 1/2 shares and slowly turn it into a more stream lined corp.

    It’s too big to fail, but they will likely sell off a few units if they can.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. SticKboy

    So long as they don’t go bust before they release God of War 3, I couldn’t give a monkeys quite frankly.

    The PS3 has a stellar software line-up this year, whatever your tastes are, so it’d be a huge shame if something terrible happened just as they were poised to please a lot of a happy gamers.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. No_PUDding

    Shut your dirty nasty ass whore mouth.

    The game you should replace GoWIII is Team ICO project.

    Dirty whore mouth.

    Then Sony can go bust.


    #16 6 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    Team ICO you say? I’m not sure they’re actually developing anything, I reckon Sony have them dancing for food at this point.

    #17 6 years ago

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