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SONY now having around 37.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles around the world. It’s over 10.5 than the past year. They sold 8.4 million PS4 consoles in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, an increase from the 6.4 million the Japanese electronics giant sold in the same period a year ago. The number of consoles sold in the third quarter should not come as much of a surprise considering Sony has provided regular updates on PS4 hardware sales. With PS4 sales surging, Sony reported a decrease in PS3 hardware and software sales as the previous generation console slowly enters the final phase of its lifecycle.
The forecast for fiscal year 2015 remains unchanged for Sony. After increasing the number of PS4 consoles it expects to sell from 14.8 million to 17.5 million for fiscal year 2015 in October, Sony did not revise the figure for this quarter. Sony said the outloook is based on increased network sales and the “impact of a change in the launch date of a first-party title.”
Sony doesn’t mention the title outright, but it’s likely “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.” The highly anticipated final chapter of the Nathan Drake franchise was delayed to April 26, which would push console-related sales, software and bundle figures to fiscal year 2016.
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Prior to Sony’s earnings report, Microsoft announced the results of its second quarter for fiscal year 2016. The company touted 48 million active Xbox Live users. Despite a strong holiday season where the Xbox Live had impressive bundles and exclusives such as “Halo 5: Guardians” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” Microsoft did not release Xbox One console sales figures. The last figures were released in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, when Microsoft announced 1.4 million in sales.
source : IbTimes
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