Sony has revealed financial results for the quarter ending on June 30th, revealing that sales of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable lines have fallen enough that they've been taken over by PlayStation 2 sales.
According to the published results (via Eurogamer
), Sony managed to sell 1.1 million PlayStation 3s worldwide so far and 1.3 million PlayStation Portables. That's compared to 1.6 million PS3s and 3.7 million PSPs in the same period last year.
The PlayStation 2 however managed to sell 1.6 million consoles, performing just as well as the PS3 did this time last year and out-performing both of the newer PlayStations this year.
Sales for Sony as a whole have fallen by 37.4 percent compared to last year too, which Sony says is mainly to do with "lower game and VAIO PC sales
". An overall downturn in software and PSP hardware sales were also noted as important factors.
Game sales on the whole were down for Sony it seems, with the PS3 shifting only 14.8 million games this year compared to 22.8 million last year and the PSP falling from 11.8 million to 8.3 million. The PlayStation 2 had the largest drop in game sales though - falling from 19.3 million to 8.5 million.
The fact that sales have dropped so massively across the board has resulted in an operating loss of a whopping $268 million.
"We are all firmly committed to leading Sony with the innovative spirit that is embedded in its DNA,
" read a written statement from Sony Chairman, CEO and President Howard Stringer. "It is a privilege to fight for a great company like Sony, and with the seriousness of purpose that this management team possesses, I know we can succeed in making Sony greater than ever.
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