Sony hit hard in FY2012 financials, PS3 sales down

Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:02 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony has been hit by an annual loss of ¥456.7 billion ($5.74 billion) in comparison to the ¥259.6 billion loss last year, with PS3 sales also down.

For Q4 FY2012, a ¥255 billion yen ($3.2 billion) loss was reported.

The Consumer Products and Services division, the branch the PlayStation business falls into, has made a ¥229.8 billion ($2.8 billion) loss compared to the ¥10.8 billion profit for the same period last year.

Sales were also down by 18.5% to ¥3.13 trillion ($38.2 billion) within all parts of the group. Lower sales of PS2 and PS3’s price-cut last August at gamescom were noted within the CPS group.

Worldwide PS3 hardware sales are down for the year to 13.9 million from 14.3 million in the same period in 2011. PSP is also down by 1.2 million to 6.8 million from 8 million, while PS2 sales are down 4.1 million from 6.4 in 2011.

Software for PS3 is up, though, to 156.6 million units sold worldwide from the 147.9 million in the same period last year. PSP is down to 32.2 million units from 46.6 million units in FY2011 and PS2 is down at 7.9 million units from 16.4 million units.

Vita sales weren’t given in the report, but Sony’s forecasted a combined 16 million sales worldwide for Vita and PSP for FY2013.

The same figure has been given to PS3 and PS2 combined. Sony’s prediction for software for FY2013 is largely the same as it was for this FY at 196.7 million.

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