Sony sold 91 million PlayStation 4 games in the second quarter of this year. That is an increase of 83 percent compared to the same quarter last year. The large growth is probably caused, among other things, by the corona pandemic.
PlayStation gamers have purchased many games in the PlayStation Store in the past three months, it shows Sony’s quarterly results. According to the company, 74 percent of software sales were digital purchases. Sony’s own PS4 games in particular sold well; the console maker sold 18.5 million games made by its own studios in the quarter.
The Last of Us: Part II by Naughty Dog was the main contributor. In the three days since its release, that title had already sold 4 million copies. That made it the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive yet. Millions of copies of Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch were sold in just a few days. After three and three days, the counter reached 2.4 million.
A year ago, Sony sold 49.8 million PS4 games in the comparable quarter, 11.7 million of which were owned by its own studios. The strong growth is probably due to the corona pandemic, which means that people spend a lot of time at home and play more. A research agency calculated previously that there is a significant growth in the sale of games in the United States. The number of sales for the game industry is expected to increase strongly throughout 2020.
In the quarter, Sony still sold 1.9 million PlayStation 4 consoles. This brings the total number of PS4s sold to 112.1 million copies. Sony now has 44.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. That is a significant growth compared to a year ago; then there were 36.2 million. Sony provides figures for the first time on the number of monthly active users on the PlayStation Network. That was 113 million at the end of the past quarter.
As a result of the many sales, sales of Sony’s Game & Network Services industry increased by more than 32 percent to Japanese yen 606.1 billion. Converted about 4.9 billion euros. Many other Sony departments have been struggling in recent months. Less electronics were sold and the music and film industry has largely stopped. Despite this, Sony’s quarterly turnover came to Japanese yen 1968.9 billion, some 15.8 billion euros, up 2 percent from last year. Operating profit was 1.83 billion euros converted, 1 percent less than last year.