3.4 million PS3+PS2 Q4 (2.4 million last Q4, 36% up YOY)
16.5 million PS3+PS2 total (18 million last year)
1.2 million PSP+Vita Q4(.8 million last Q4, 50% up YOY)
7 million PSP+ Vita total (6.8 million last year)
Gaming division profit 1.7 Billion Yen for the FY (down from 29.3 Billion Yen last FY)
Very good numbers for PS3, YOY increase is unheard of such late in the cycle. Vita numbers are pathetic. Profits down probably because of PS4 R&D and other costs and Vita price cut.
"Sales decreased 12.2% year-on-year (a 15% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 707.1 billion yen (7,522
million U.S. dollars). Sales to external customers decreased 22.5% year-on-year. This significant decrease was
primarily due to a decrease in unit sales of PlayStation®3 (“PS3”) hardware and PSP® (PlayStation Portable)
(“PSP”) hardware and software, as well as PlayStation®Vita (“PS Vita”) hardware, partially offset by the favorable
impact of foreign exchange rates.
Operating income decreased 27.6 billion yen year-on-year to 1.7 billion yen (18 million U.S. dollars). This
significant decrease was primarily due to the above-mentioned decrease in sales of PSP hardware and software as
well as the impact of a strategic price reduction for the PS Vita, enacted in Japan in February 2013"
Sony forecast for Games Division-
"Sales are expected to increase significantly primarily due to the planned introduction of the PlayStation®4 (“PS4TM”) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. Operating income is expected to be essentially flat year-on-year primarily due to an increase in research and development expenses and marketing expenses related to the introduction of the PS4, offset by the impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales."
Btw, Xbox 360 sold 1.4 million in Q4, so more than double PS3s shipped
(PS2 sales shouldn't be more than 500k, and that would be ridiculously large, I mean Wii U sold .36 million for the same period)for the same period. So PS3 shipments likely to be between 79-80.4 million (360 is at 77.2 million).
And PS2 is still being shipped, so we can put that Guardian article in the scrap.