Sony shared the report for the fiscal year (ended March 31). He became the best in the history of the company’s gaming direction. Revenue exceeded $24 billion, PlayStation 5 shipments approached 8 million, and the total number of games sold for the year was almost 400 million copies.The revenue of the entire company for the year amounted to $8.9 trillion ($81.7 billion), and operating profit — ¥971.9 billion ($8.9 billion).

General indicators of the game direction for the yearSony’s total gaming revenue amounted to 2.65 trillion rubles ($24.4 billion) — an increase of 34% year-on-year.

  • The operating profit of the gaming direction is ¥342.2 billion ($3.14 billion) — an increase of 43.5% in annual terms.
  • The main drivers of growth were sales of games and add-ons, the successful launch of the PS5, as well as revenue from digital services.
  • At the same time, Sony notes the increased costs associated with the production of new consoles.Revenue from games and add—ons amounted to 1.5 trillion rubles ($13.8 billion) – an increase of 43% in annual terms.
  • Revenues from the sale of iron amounted to ¥767.1 billion ($7 billion).Analyst Daniel Ahmad also notes that over the year Sony spent $1.3 billion on R&D — 14% more in annual terms.
  • The main items of expenditure were PS5, the development of games from internal studios and the development of digital services.Sony Gaming Revenue Growth

Data on consoles and digital services

As of March 31, the number of PlayStation 5 shipments reached 7.8 million units.

  • This is 200 thousand more than the PS4 figures for the first two quarters from the start of sales.During the year, the PlayStation 4 sold 5.7 million units.
  • The total number of consoles sold reached 115.9 million.The number of games sold for PS4 and PS5 amounted to 338.9 million, of which 58.4 million were projects of internal studios.
  • Digital copies accounted for 65% of the total number of games sold — an increase of 22% year-on-year.
  • In the fourth quarter, the share of “figures” reached 79%.By the end of the year, the number of subscribers of the PlayStation Plus service reached 47.6 million — an increase of 14.6% in annual terms.
  • The PlayStation Network service’s MAU was 109 million people.
  • A year earlier, this figure was 114 million users.Growth of PS Plus subscribers

Sony predicts that the revenue of the gaming direction in the next fiscal year (ending March 31, 2022) will amount to 2.9 trillion ($ 26.6 billion).

The company also expects operating profit to decline slightly to ¥325 billion ($2.98 billion). This is due to increased production costs and a decline in activity, which occurred at the peak of the pandemic last year.