Sony’s latest financials have rolled in, with the last quarter figures released this morning. The corporation as a whole made $22,000 million in sales, with an operating income of $534 million and a hefty net loss of $124 million.
With regards to the PlayStation gaming division, hardware sales were $3,000 million, with an operating income of $53 million.
Sony continue to lump the PS3 and PS2 together, and the PS Vita and PSP together, so it’s tricky to see how the individual consoles are selling. However, Sony have revised the number of PSP/Vitas they plan to sell for the next financial year down to just 7 million.
That’s less than half what they originally predicted. The report says “the slow penetration of the PlayStation Vita portable entertainment platform [and the shrinking market for compact cameras] are recognized as particularly important issues”.
“Sony is working to expand sales and operating income through the introduction of an attractive software lineup and through offering game software on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets,” it says, suggesting that the company may well be branching out beyond the Vita soon.
It doesn’t look like Sony are planning to cut the price of the Vita.
Together the PS2 and PS3 sold 6.8 million units in the last quarter, and the PS Vita (and PSP) combined shifted 2.7 million units.
Most other aspects of the business improved profits – it’s clear there’s a lot of R&D for the PS4 in there, and a relatively weak line-up of games for the last quarter should hopefully see something of a turnaround for the game division soon enough.