Sony has published their financial earnings for Q3 of the 2017 fiscal year, revealing that unit year on year sales have fallen slightly.
The three months ending December 31 added a further nine million consoles to the sales total, down 0.7 million from the same quarter last fiscal year. The sales bring the lifetime total up to 76.5m. Sony is expecting a further 2.5m to sell by the end of the fiscal year in March, which would make this year’s total sales a million short of the last.
The good news, however, comes from an increase in software sales which brought the PlayStation division (including hardware, software and the PlayStation Network) up to a 16.2% revenue increase compared to Q3 in the last fiscal year, from 617.7 to 718 billion.
The year, and console generation as a whole, has been a resounding success for Sony, who are utterly dominating the market when compared to their rival Microsoft. As such it makes a fitting time for Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai, who saw Sony and PlayStation through their recent success, to announce he will shortly be stepping down from the role.