Sony has just announced their financial result for the fiscal quarter that ended on September 30, 2014. The sales in Game & Network service segment saw a growth of 7.2 percent as compared to the same period during last year. Despite this solid performance in gaming division, Sony posted a rather sizable operating loss of $785 million and a net loss of $1.247 billion.
Now comes the more interesting part, during this quarter, Sony sold a whopping 3.3 million PS4 units. This figure is important because during this period Sony sold a total of 4.1 million home consoles, 0.7 million portables and 106 million software units. Out of these 4.1 million home consoles sold, 3.3 Million were PS4.
You can check out the chart below for more details. Sony said: “Sales increased 83.2% year-on-year (a 74% increase on a constant currency basis) to 309.5 billion yen (2,839 million U.S. dollars).
This significant increase was primarily due to the contribution from PS4 hardware sales, a significant increase in network services revenue related to the introduction of the PS4 and the contribution from PS4 software sales, partially offset by a decrease in PlayStation®3 (“PS3”) hardware and PS3 software sales. Sales to external customers increased 97.0% year-on-year.
Operating income of 21.8 billion yen (200 million U.S. dollars) was recorded, compared to an operating loss of 4.2 billion yen in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.
This significant improvement was primarily due to the impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales related to the introduction of the PS4, partially offset by the impact of the above-mentioned decrease in PS3 software sal”