Hardware sales flutter the hearts of some console fanboys, but we find the statistics interesting nonetheless. Sony today announced its financial 2009 year results, and though the Networked Products & Services division (which includes the Games business) lost $893 million U.S. dollars, its been a boon for PS3 sales. Improved hardware sales have closed that fabled gap between Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
We had predicted a hardware sales gap between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to have dropped to around 4 million units. It turns out that we weren’t far off, with the PS3 selling 2.2 million in its last quarter to bring full year sales to 13 million and lifetime sales to 35.7 million units. Compared to Microsoft’s announced 40.2 million Xbox 360 units and that’s a gap of just 4.5 million.
The PS3 was able to catch up by 3 million units in Sony’s fiscal-2009 year (runs from May 1st 2009 to April 30th 2010), as the Xbox 360 sold 10 million units, compared to the PS3′s 13 million. The breakdown of the PS3′s fiscal year are as follows:
Fiscal 2009 Hardware sales:
Q1 – 1.1 million
Q2 – 3.2 million
Q3 – 6.5 million
Q4 – 2.2 million
Total – 13 million
The full lifetime sales run down for the PS3 by Sony’s fiscal years are as follows:
2006 – 3.5 million
2007 – 9.1 million
2008 – 10.1 million
2009 – 13.0 million
Total – 35.7 million
It’s also interesting to note that the PS3 is outselling its grandaddy the PlayStation 1, which in its fourth year (1997) had reached 32.8 million unit sales. The PS3 is still ways behind the PlayStation 2, which had sold 51.2 million by 2002.
Interestingly Sony predicts 15 million unit sales for the PS3′s 2010 fiscal year, which may predict another price-cut, or instead line up with a full year of $299 PS3 Slim sales – which only had six-months on sale during the console’s 2009 fiscal year. As for the PSP and PS2 in fiscal-2009, the former sold just 9.9 million units and the latter sold a higher than expected 7.3 million.