Sony’s financials for the first quarter of the financial year ending 2013 don’t make pleasant reading, with the bottom line reporting a $312 million loss.
Sales of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 are now combined in the reports – 2.8 million units combined were sold – and the PS Vita and PSP are also lumped together – 1.4 million sold.
Software sales for the living room consoles for the quarter were 20.1 million, with 5.8 million PSP and PS Vita games shifted. It’s impossible to judge Vita games sales alone, sadly.
Revenue for the Games division (which is now reported separately) 118 billion Yen, down from 137.9 billion Yen the year before, a change of -14.5%.
Expectation for sales of the Vita and PSP this financial year has now dropped from 16 million to 12 million, suggesting a price cut might be one way to kickstart some sales.
Next generation needs to happen, and soon.