PlayStation 4 Hits Shipments Of 67.5 Million
Sony, whose financial quarter also ended recently, has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 shipments have topped 67.5 million, indicating that shipment numbers have sped up later in the generation rather than slowing down.
Sony's financial year, like a lot of Japanese's companies, runs from April to the end of March, so this current quarter is the second quarter of 2017 by their accounting. In other words, in the past three months, Sony shipped 4.2 million PlayStation 4s this quarter, which is up 0.3 million from the same quarter the previous year.
While shipments are not sales numbers, they indicate that retailers are ordering more units to replenish sold ones. The number indicates that the PlayStation 4 is picking up pace, which is rare for consoles coming into their fifth years on the market. Even despite more heated competition from rival consoles, the market in general is expanding with Sony selling more PlayStation 4s year over year.
Assuming Sony hits its goal for shipped units by the end of the financial year, they should be hitting nearly 80 million units by April.
The Switch is selling well, but Sony is not slacking at all, and currently still leads the market in the install base. The PlayStation 4 continues to be the most popular console and it is difficult to see if there's any way for the competition to reverse that.