PS4 Sales Hit 82.2 Million, Surpasses PS3 Lifetime Sales
PS4 sales have totalled 82.2 million, Sony announced during its quarterly earnings report. This puts Sony’s current console ahead of the PS3 which ended up with around 80 million sold in its lifetime. In April 2018 Sony announced that the PS4 had sold 79 million which means it sold 3.2 million PS4 consoles in the last quarter. Also, Sony stated that it has 33.9 million PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) subscribers, which is a slight dip compared to the 34.2 million subscribers it had as of March 31, 2018. As for games, 40.6 million games have shipped during in the April to June quarter with digital downloads consisting of 43 percent of sales. Games makes up the majority of Sony’s PlayStation division revenue followed by hardware and services like PS Plus.
“Sales are expected to be significantly higher than the April forecast primarily due to higher-than-expected PlayStation 4 (“PS4″) software sales including sales through the network, the impact of foreign exchange rates, as well as an expected increase in PS4 hardware unit sales. The forecast for operating income is expected to be significantly higher than the April forecast primarily due to the impact of the above-mentioned increase in sales,” the firm said.
The surge in sales should come as no surprise thanks to God of War selling exceptionally well on the console. Previously Sony announced that God of War sales reached 3.1 million in just three days of its launch. This makes it the fastest-selling PS4 game so far. Keep in mind that Sony has used the word “sold” not “shipped” which in this case essentially means that 3.1 million PS4 owners have bought the game in just three days of its release date.
“When we first revealed God of War less than two years ago, we knew we had something truly special. Fans reacted with tremendous excitement to this bold reimagining of the franchise, and we were thrilled to explore the unique father-son dynamic between Kratos and Atreus. Fast-forward to present day with the game’s release, and we are humbled to see such positive reviews,” wrote Asad Qizilbash Vice President, Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment America on the official PlayStation blog.
For what it’s worth, the game has sold exceedingly well in India. Multiple game stores speaking to Gadgets 360 have confirmed it to be the highest selling game of the year for them so far and all of them have seen a healthy bump in PS4 console sales as well. With the PS4 Slim being the number one seller followed by the God of War Limited Edition PS4 Pro and then the standard PS4 Pro.
“This has been our best month for hardware thus far thanks to God of War. We can’t keep the PS4 Slim on the shelves and PS4 Pro sales have been up by 35 percent as well,” says a Mumbai-based game store owner.
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