Sony Q2 – PS3 business grows while corp takes hammering

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 06:43 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Sony’s results for the three months ending September 30 have shown gains for the firm’s PS3 business, but the overall business has suffered heavy losses.

PS3 hardware sold 3.7 million units for the quarter, compared to 3.5 million in the same period last year. The addition puts official global PlayStation 3 sales at 56 million.

Global Xbox 360 sales stand at 57.3 million.

PS3 software also rose, up from 35.3 million units in Q2 2010 to 37.4 million this year.

Solid games figures were overshadowed by heavy corporation losses, however: Sony has reporting a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter, blaming strong yen and poor TV sales. Poor overall results had been predicted.

Elsewhere in Sony’s game segment, PSP hardware sales rose for the quarter, up to 1.7 million units from 1.5 million in 2010, but software sales again dropped, down from 11 million in the prior corresponding period to 8.1 million this year.

The PlayStation 2 business continued its inevitable decline, down from 1.5 million hardware sales in the second period last year to 1.2 million this time. PS2 software fell heavily, from 5.6 million in the same period last year to 2.8 million in Q2 2010.



  1. Blerk

    It’s pretty much going to be a tie, isn’t it? They’re going to reach equal sales just in time for them both to announce new machines.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I reckon Sony will pass. It’s so close now, and 360 sales are falling while PS3 sales are still rising. But yeah, I doubt there’s going to be much difference in the final result.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    To be honest, that’s the perfect result. After all these years of fanboy bullshit, both machines sell the same. What’s the Wii sales figures?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Blerk

    “A lot more”, I suspect.

    A near-as-damn-it tie has to be good going into the next generation, surely? Nobody’s going to rest on their laurels and coast along, they’re all going to trying extra hard because there’s no guarantee of a sure-fire win. Quality should be up and prices should be down across the board. And we, the lowly consumers, are the ultimate winners.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    According to that Nintendo report from not to long a go the PS3 is the best selling hardware this year, so apparently not “a lot more”.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Blerk

    I was thinking in total rather than just this year.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. NiceFellow

    @6 from last official figures I remember seeing (including these) PS3 is as approx 56 million shipped, 360 a bit ahead at just under 58 million shipped and Wii is still pretty far out in the lead with just shy of 90 million shipped.

    Wii sales are dipping but of course for many years it sold way more than either HD console so even allowing for better sales for PS3/360 now I doubt either will catch Wii worldwide total unless Wii stops selling when Wii U releases.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    Yeah, it’s 88.3m (Wii) vs 57.6m (360) vs 55.5m (PS3).

    #8 3 years ago
  9. daytripper

    congrats to them, they have done well. just wish they would improve that network free or not.

    whilst i dont agree with some of their actions, dislike some of their hardcore fanbase for their lunatic ways and dislike for PSN i will always buy a playstation product as i love some of their franchises and they do seem to support the core gamer more from a exclusive standpoint than microsoft.

    although it would not surprise me if microsoft ramps that up a bit when its new system arrives. its all good though, competition is good remember.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. sg1974

    Oh you “PS3 has flopped” trolls, where are you now? Launched later and always more expensive, yet about to pass its competitor. Factor in retail-replaced RRoDs and the PS3 might already be ahead on consoles in homes.

    #10 3 years ago

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