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Sony FY12 results: PS3/PS2 ships 16.5 million, total at 80.4 million

GC - "Sony has released its financial results for fiscal year 2012 today as expected and they’ve made a profit." (PS2, PS3, PS4, Sony)

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MultiConsoleGamer  +   1009d ago
First profit in five years. Back in black! Things will only go up from here.
mynd  +   1009d ago
And just made a profit in the games division despite a console launch coming.
That's quite a feat.
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abzdine  +   1009d ago
good news.. PS3 continues to sell and as the articlesays it will cover some of PS4 expenses.

E3 will be awesome this year cause Sony are happy :) Jack Tretton will be on fire!
showtimefolks  +   1009d ago
Great new keep it up Sony, you had fallen but now it's all about the rise from here

As your loyal fans we are here, please don't be arrogant again like you were at launch with ps3. Be humble and give us great content and verity which you are known for
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Saigon  +   1009d ago

I think they made a profit a while ago. I remember seeing in the previous or the one before the previous that most of the profits in the division went to R&D. I think the cost of research for the PS4 is complete, now sony needs to worry about the development of the system from here out.
thechosenone  +   1009d ago
Since PS2 was discontinued Jan 4, '13, FY13 10mill sales are all PS3?
Gamer Muzz  +   1009d ago
I believe both the PS1 and PS2 made profits as their successors were announced and launched as well.
SHORYUKEN  +   1009d ago
So that means for this gen.

#1 PS3
#2 Wii
#3 360

PS3 still selling for the coming 3 years. So its obvious easy selling over 90 million .

Wii hardware is really to outdated to sell 1 year more.

360 is already so cheap it can not be sell for $50 so I gues it will be discontinued once the next box come out.
Gamer Muzz  +   1009d ago
Seriously? you think the PS3 is going to outsell the Wii this gen? I don't think there's any chance of that.
Also, even if it did, the PS3 will never earn Sony a profit on the level the Wii achieved for Nintendo. There is already a clear winner this Gen and it's Nintendo. In terms of Sales and Profits, they have demolished both Sony and MS this gen

As for the 360, it will likely stay in production for some time after the next xbox system launches. Especially in America where it has nearly a 15 million unit lead on the PS3 and is only about 2 million units behind the wii.

I don't agree that the PS3 will "obviously sell over 90 million".
in 7 months a new console will be released and the PS3 will become obsolete. (as will the xbox) at that point this Gen will be practically over.(even if the PS3/360 are still on store shelves) Selling 20+ million more consoles will be possible, but with the forward momentum of the 360 and Wii, (even if the wii is not moving at top speed) I doubt positions are going to shift to a great degree before this Gen is completely over.

But like you, I'm only offering speculation here.
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Muerte2494  +   1009d ago
PS3 Unit Sales (Unit: Million)
HW (Ap-Jn) (Jl-Sp) (Oc-Dc) (Ja-Mr) FY LTD

FY06 - - (1.7) (1.8) 3.5 3.5

FY07 (0.7) (1.3) (4.9) (2.2) 9.1 12.6

FY08 (1.6) (2.4) (4.5) (1.6) 10.1 22.7

FY09 (1.1) (3.2) (6.5) (2.2) 13.0 35.7

FY10 (2.4) (3.5) (6.3) (2.1) 14.3 50.0

FY11 (1.8) (3.7) (6.5) (1.9) 13.9 63.9

FY12 2.8-PS2 3.5-PS2 6.8-PS2 3.4-PS2 16.5-PS2 80.4 - FY12 PS2

----------------------------- ------------------

Since people are now skeptical of PS3's hardware numbers. If you look @ Sony Q3 reports each year since 2009, you'll the trend of at least 6 million. Sony ps3 has been selling that since 2009 well before the infamous +ps2.

You'll see that from NOv 16 '06 - Mar 31'12 PS3 sold 63.9 million.

Now add Sony Q1,Q2,Q3 (Apr 1st 2012 - December 31st, 2012)
63.9 + Q1(2.8) = 66.7
66.7 + Q2(3.5) = 70.2
70.2 + Q3(6.8) = 77.0 million at the end of 2012
IDC reported this Jan. 8th 2013

Quote: "The report also highlights that just this past December, Sony's PS3 managed to surpass the number of Xbox 360s shipped worldwide (about 77 million vs. 76 million), despite the PS3 launching a year later."

77.0 + Q4(3.4) = 80.4 million ps3's sold. I did everything for you. Like I said ps2 are not added to the equation. Who are you going to believe? IDC (multi- million dollar analyst firm) or some xbox guy refusing to accept reality.
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sikbeta  +   1009d ago
PS3+PS2 = 80m

how many PS2 Consoles are sold? guess alot, still can't beat X360

Good to know gaming is doing good even IF it's seems like the majority wants a world dominated smartphones...
Gamer Muzz  +   1008d ago
Sorry, I didn't mean to say "I don't agree that the PS3 will "obviously sell over 90 million".
Not sure what I was thinking there. I DO agree that it can achieve 90 million, But I DON'T think it can outsell the Wii before this gen is over. Not with the Wii still selling, even if it's not selling gangbusters, it still is inexpensive and has forward momentum.

80.4 million ps3's have not sold. That's how many have shipped.
Shipped and sold are not the same thing. Shipped = the number of consoles that have been put on retail shelves. That number counts millions of units on store shelves currently around the world. Shipping numbers just don't count.

Assuming that because Sony has sold an average of 6 million units a year since 2009 that those are then numbers they're selling this year and for the next two years is silly. So I'm not really going to talk on that.
But I will say this, the PS3 is not the PS1 or PS2. it will not continue to sell like those two did after their successors were launched. Especially without a proper price drop
At this point in their lifespans, the PS1 was $99 and the PS2 was 129.99 (after 7 years on the market respectively) The PS3 is still $250 and to top that off, I don't see Sony continuing support for another 2 years after PS4 launches. But I guess only time will tell. Like i said, I'm just speculating.
nukeitall  +   1009d ago | Well said
Not so fast!
Profit isn't from business improving, but mostly due to valuable property sale during a bad economy.

"The company has made $458 million in net income for FY 12 mainly due to sales of assets."

Sony sold buildings worth billions and that is reported as income. You want to look for signs the business itself is improving, such as lowered manufacturing costs and higher sales and not taking money out of your piggybank, but even that isn't good because the money couldnhave been worth a lot more.

Basically it isn't good to sell you buildings in a down market, because you have to raise cash to save the company especially when you likely can get more for the building later and you turned an asset into a higher expense because you have to lease the building back.

In short, this is actually negative news.

Also this could be to general decline, but could be due to devaluing software and cannabilizing sale due to PS+:

"Sony shifted slightly less software this fiscal year compared to the last one..."

Typically you should have increased software sales due to enlarged user base, but there could be other factors.
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showtimefolks  +   1009d ago
They basically sold their building yet are still using the building or something

KAZ has started to do a lot right, he is reaching down to people below his position for ideas and is more open as the head of Sony. Playstation brand has been a success for a while, they don't loose money because of gaming or movie division, it's their TV sales which brings everything down

Also I think they have 10 or 20 plus billion I think in cash but I could be wrong, I think that's the number patcher provided few months back

Also Sony was and in some aspect still struggling due to yen to dollar exchange rate

But to say Sony hasn't improved in last 6 months is just flat out untrue, are they totally out of red or he'll no, but when you in in that deep of losing money it takes some long term planning and vision to come out of that and I believe KAZ is the right man for the job
ZodTheRipper  +   1009d ago
From a business standpoint you're totally correct. But Sony needs that money to finance the R&D, the production and the marketing costs for the PS4.
kwyjibo  +   1009d ago
Property is not a down market right now, selling their New York office made them a lot of money. Sony aren't on the property business, so it's not an important part of their portfolio.

Sony stock is at a 52 week high right now. I've not bought into it because I think their TV division is still a crock of shit, and that their phones/tablets still won't compete with Samsung. But these recent results are a positive.
majiebeast  +   1009d ago | Well said
They sold all their buildings at a pretty big profit.

Ofcourse software sales are down genius, 2012 was a terrible year for gaming and Sony had a B line up, 2013 is gonna be a whole lot better. You always look for the negatives in any Sony related article. Funny how you never do that with Microsoft articles.

Microsoft and Nintendo fanboys are out on a rampage anyone who says something positive gets disagrees.
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badz149  +   1009d ago | Well said
Leave it to you to spin a good news into a bad one
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DragonKnight  +   1009d ago
A 360 fanboy spinning good news about Sony into bad? I am in total shock as this individual has never done that before. /s

The title of the article is about sales of consoles, who the hell cares about buildings.

Way to go Sony.
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Knight_Crawler  +   1009d ago
"As part of the restructuring process, the firm has sold key assets over the past few months, including its US headquarters in New York and some of its shares in M3, a medical research and marketing firm.

The firm has also offloaded its "Sony City Osaki" building in Tokyo.

Sony said the sale of all these assets had resulted in gains of nearly $2.5bn during the last financial year - and the figure contributed to the rise in its earnings during the period.

Analysts said that given the impact these sales have had on its profit - the numbers were not a true reflection of the firm's success.

Gerhard Fasol of Eurotechnology Japan said that these gains "really need to be subtracted from the results, to understand the regular operating results.

Mr Fasol pointed out that the firm's results indicated that its electronics division continued to struggle and that the unit had not been turned around yet"

Well after selling all those assets I would expect Sony to see a profit -_-
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Anon1974  +   1009d ago
Only in nukeitall's anti-Sony fantasy world could making sound real estate transactions that make the company hundreds of millions of dollars be skewed as a bad thing. I suppose you're also still in denial with the PS3 sailing past the 360's total months ago. (Edit: I just noticed your post below where you're doing exactly that! Priceless!)

It's clear to everyone but the anti-Sony zealots that Sony's restructuring efforts are slowing bearing fruit. Everyone out there knew it would be a long road for Sony but it's nice to see continued positive news out of the company.

Sony still has a long way to go to turn around it's core, television devision but it's expected Sony will profit this fiscal year by 50 billion yen (without any big real estate transactions on the horizon). You've got to wonder how guys like nukeitall and DiRtY are going to spin that negatively. It's always entertaining to see what they'll dream up next.

By the way, to those mentioning it, Sony isn't having a problem with capital. They've been sitting on the largest cash position the company has had in almost 20 years for some time now. When you look at the debt on Sony's books, you have to realize that Sony runs a financial business, and like any financial business the way they operate is by issuing debt instruments. Hell, every single dollar on deposit with Sony bank counts in the "debt" column so as their financial business grows, so does the amount considered as liabilities on paper. Have a look at the debt on the books of any bank and you'll see why you can't compare Sony's debt structure to a company that doesn't operate financial institutions as Sony does.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1009d ago
lmao @ nukeitall
No surprise at all. The man can't say anything positive about Sony. If you guys are looking for him to say something positive. You best be looking when he is talking about Microsoft.

---***"Sony sold buildings worth billions and that is reported as income. You want to look for signs the business itself is improving"***---

Agreed, but ever thought of the fact that they can now use the profit they gained from asset to help improve business? I'm sure that is Sony's reasoning, but I guess that's a bad thing according to you, not like Sony can do any good in your eyes anyway considering your blind hate toward the company. Sony has obviously been trying to gain a profit for the past couple years and obviously have failed to do so, so a different approach was needed. Selling their building gained the profit they've been seeking for years now, so now this should help start their plans, the plan obviously being to improve business and make profit long term.

---***"especially when you likely can get more for the building later"***---

They need money now. They've been waiting for "later" for several years now.

---***"and you turned an asset into a higher expense because you have to lease the building back."***---

You think they would do that if that was indeed the case. They plan and calculate their decisions before making them you know.

---***"In short, this is actually negative news."***---

It's actually good news, considering good news for Sony is bad news for you and vice versa.

---***"Also this could be to general decline, but could be due to devaluing software and cannabilizing sale due to PS+:

"Sony shifted slightly less software this fiscal year compared to the last one..."

Typically you should have increased software sales due to enlarged user base, but there could be other factors."***---

I doubt PS+ has anymore of an effect on software sales than passes have on used game sales. Post the full quote please. The drop off isn't large:

---***"Sony shifted slightly less software this fiscal year compared to the last one but the drop isn’t that big which shows that consumers are still buying a lot of PS3 games and it’s still a viable platform."***---

You obviously didn't post the full quote because it wouldn't push your negative Sony agenda. Typical nukeitall.
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BitbyDeath  +   1009d ago
Not so fast! x2
Tokyo and NY buildings sold for about 2.3 billion.
But Sony also acquired Gaikai and EMI Publishing within the same fiscal year which together cost over 2.5 billion. (Among other acquisitions)

Sony are still profiting.
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TronEOL  +   1008d ago
Pretty sure this guy is trolling here. Not because this information is false, but because it's information that is brought up EVERY time someone posts an article claiming Sony is making a profit.

Apparently Sony has been selling off assets steadily for the past year.

The same reason is because Sony is cutting fat. They're simply restoring balance. They COULD have been making a profit all this time if they adjusted their assets YEARS ago when they started losing money, and the industry (world) was showing signs of economic problems.

This is simply a "late to the party" situation, and not a cop out. It doesn't mean the only reason they're making money is by selling assets.
Dan_scruggs  +   1009d ago
The downside - Sony hasn't turned a profit in five years.

The upside - Sony just turned a profit for the first time in five years.

Verdict - Sony sucks at making money.
cl1983  +   1009d ago
Per the news piece Sony real estate turned the profit.
Simco876  +   1009d ago
Tell that to the phat cat CEO's flying over your house and looking down at you laughing..
GamersRulz  +   1009d ago
you can look at it like this ( using your logic)

Sony made profit for 70 years

Sony lost profit for 5 years

Sony recently made profit.

Sony is Great at making money .
Edward75  +   1009d ago
Do people read the entire article?

If anyone knows about them as a company... THE LAST LINE SAYS WHY THE PROFIT.

they sold off assets. One of the biggest land/building sales ever. And yes, I own stock. I stated this about a year ago. There is signs of looking up, but the profit is not what it seems to be.
calis  +   1009d ago
"And yes, I own stock."

dantesparda  +   1009d ago

You know its funny the hypocrisy of fanboys and the internet, but has anyone read some of the comments on that site? Pure anti-Sony hating fanboys. But according to non-Sony fanboys, only Sony fanboys are fanboys. And only N4G is full of fanboys (cuz the internet believes it to be a Sony fanboy haven). But other sites arent fanboy infested. Damn i hate fanboys
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imdaboss1  +   1009d ago
a lot of hate on Sony. All gamers should be glad that the Playstation brand existed and without Sony there wouldnt be great games out there..MS have no new ip games through out the gen..Im glad the PS3 outsold the xbox360 we know it was coming..Sony won the war..
Smurf1  +   1009d ago
It's disappointing that they are combining PS3/PS2 sales but if the PS2 shipped less than 3 million, the PS3 should have overtaken the 360 worldwide.
yewles1  +   1009d ago
Agreed, but I doubt PS2 did anymore than 1 million...
nukeitall  +   1009d ago
So *officially* we don't actually know if the PS3 surpassed the Xbox 360. Since Sony is combining numbers they are blatantly trying to hide it.

I know Sony recently entered PS2 into markets that can't afford PS3's.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   1009d ago | Well said
"So *officially* we don't actually know if the PS3 surpassed the Xbox 360. Since Sony is combining numbers they are blatantly trying to hide it. "

By "WE" you're of course talking about yourself here. I know for sure MS counted refurbished and RROD'd numbers in their total, and no one said sh!t about that.
Dlacy13g  +   1009d ago
"I know for sure"... Are you an employee of MS? A finacial analyst with access to their sales figures? Lol...too funny, I am constantly amazed at the amount of experts on N4G.

On point, regardless of how it got there I for one am happy to see Sony having positive financial news.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1009d ago
They combined numbers to hide Vita numbers. It would have looked suspicious if they only combined handhelds. A man thought everyone knew this already? A man doesn't see why they would need to hide anything as far as he's concerned Sony is getting a sale no matter what the split. A man also doesn't see PS2 doing 3 million out of nowhere so of course they've passed 360. VGC needs to update PS3 numbers.
LoveOfTheGame  +   1009d ago
No, we don't know who has sold more between the two between the PS2 combining and people who bought new 360s when theirs RROD.

But more importantly than not knowing we should not care who sold more. Seriously, everyone who tries to defend numbers either way, get a life.
Muerte2494  +   1009d ago
Xbox fans have been using this...
as some kind of excuse for some time now. Sony can't monitor PS2 sales because they don't ship PS2 anymore. They track they numbers based on how many units they ship. So if it says 80.4 million, then it's completely ps3. Since we all know ps2 is no longer in production.

No matter how much you try to spin it.

it's still 80.4 million ps3
77.2 million xbox360

Lead is 3.2 million now.
Gamer Muzz  +   1009d ago
Folks there is a difference between "Shipped" and "Sold"
Yes, they have shipped 80.4 million units. and yes, some of those are PS2 consoles.
Sure, they have stopped producing the PS2, but they are still shipping them. or is someone here silly enough to think that when they stopped making them, that they emptied out their warehouses and washed their hands of the most profitable and best selling game console of all time instead of keeping a backstock to continue to profit from? Where do you think stores get new PS2 consoles from? LOL

Also, since we're talking about units shipped here, you have to recognize how many of those are on store shelves around the world. (same with MS.) They could ship a million more if they wanted and bring that total up to 81.4, but that's not an installed base and those consoles have not turned a profit yet. They do not count. It's sales that matter, Not units shipped.

Lastly, keep in mind, when sold, the exact number of PS3 units sold can be calculated. Sales figures are a lot more specific than shipping numbers.
In fact, One company can ship more than another and still sell less overall.
So please stop getting all excited about shipping numbers, Stop being fanboys, and just enjoy your game systems.
DragonKnight  +   1009d ago
PS3 overtook the 360 in September.
jetlian  +   1009d ago
Ps3 hasn't passed 360 yet. Ps3 was at 63.9 million last year they would have needed to sell 13.3 million this year to tie 360

Last year ps3 moved 13.9 million and ps2 4.1 million making the 18 million. Unless ps2 dived in sales again ps3 is still behind

Sony best year was 14.3 million in 2010/2011

If they would have passed them they would have said

63.9 + 16.5 = 80.4 so no ps3 isnt at 80.4
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MikeMyers  +   1009d ago

Please provide your facts. I would like to know where you got this information.

November 16, 2012 Sony announces they pass the 70 million milestone.

October 19, 2012 Microsoft announce they pass the 70 million milestone.

If you don't like Microsoft that's fine. If you don't care about the Xbox 360 that's fine too, but please don't post false information unless you have data to back it up with. There's enough console war fighting going on here, we don't need misleading posts to further that.

As of Jan. 18, 2013 Microsoft has sold 75.9 million. Their Q2 release date is actually Jan. 18, 2013. Q3 is April 18 and Q4 is July 18.

After all the arguing and after all the bickering back and forth between Xbox 360 and PS3 fans what did it actually amount to? Not much.
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Dasteru  +   1009d ago | Well said
The PS3 overtook the 360 almost 6 months ago when it hit 77m. The 360 was only at 75m.
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Qrphe  +   1009d ago
If they didn't do it today they'll do it next month, or in a few, or they did it already, who knows tbh.
BitbyDeath  +   1009d ago
Remember Sony stopped producing PS2's last year.

Numbers would easily be under 1 million.
TwinDad  +   1009d ago
From your linked article "Sony has yet to say whether it will stop production for other territories as well."

I think they still sell the PS2 in some parts of the world. Mostly Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America. Sony officially started to sell the PS2 in Brazil, it had been a gray market import previously, in November 2009.

While those markets could be under 1 million, they could also be above it.

Edit: Just looked at a link posted below, and Sony did indeed confirm that they stopped global production.

Strange that they stopped when they could continue selling a few more million each year in countries that can't afford the PS3. Maybe with PS4 a PS3 will price drop to a affordable world wide price?
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joeorc  +   1009d ago
"PS2 shipped less than 3 million, the PS3 should have overtaken the 360 worldwide."

remember that IDC report that many on here said was bogus?

well they stated their number's for sony's 3rd Q: 2012 was 6.8 and guess what, it was 6.8 million, because for the past 3 years straight look at ps3 shipments:

look at 2009 to 2011

Q: 3rd

6.3 million and higher

upto early 2012 the PS3 was seperate, but do people really think the PS3 shipments would have declined that drastic in that sales Q: ?

by those shipment number, sony in all likely hood has over taken the xbox360 world wide. as a matter of fact the shipments for ps3+ps2 = 6.8 million so what is the likely outcome of the break down? using the past three years as a guage?
Tripe_Down  +   1009d ago
FY 12? This is the wrong Report, we need FY 13 ...
cl1983  +   1009d ago
Fy 12 just ended.
M-M  +   1009d ago
Man we're not even half way into 2013 yet lol.
haggishurler  +   1009d ago
It's not a FIFA game.
SheenuTheLegend  +   1009d ago
majiebeast  +   1009d ago
PS2 is out of reach for the DS the king stays on its throne.

Kaz will turn Sony around just like he did for the PS3 when Ken messed up.


So it proves it has more legs then the DS and also better software sales. The fact it stayed relevant for 10 years still selling 4.1 million units a year is never done before the DS sells 2.35 million and would be happy if it remains like that.
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Dj7FairyTail  +   1009d ago
DS sold over 154m that 4 years less than PS2 since PS22 came out in 2000 and DS in 2004.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1009d ago
and now it's lost relevance and has dropped off faster. PS2 sold more because it kept selling longer. DS has already become an afterthought while PS2 just kept beasting for over a decade.
LoveOfTheGame  +   1009d ago
a man thought getting to the top faster meant it was better. A man sees this as an accomplishment for Nintendo.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. Still the DS should be commended for topping "The King" of consoles. I still love my PS2, hell it's still hooked up to my tv, but it is no reason to downplay what the DS did.
Silly gameAr  +   1009d ago
Are you guys serious?
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Evil_Ryu  +   1009d ago
something smells fishy
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RTheRebel  +   1009d ago
Still won't give Vita numbers separately?
DiRtY  +   1009d ago
The total number is pointless when you include PS2 shipments.
Sony has benn mixing PS2 and PS3 up for some time now. It gets impossible to get an idea how much PS2s or PS3s are shipped.

PSP / PS Vita forecast is 5 million for the entire year. combined. That means Sony did already give it up.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   1009d ago | Well said
You boys are desperate to spin the FACTS eh?

Before Sony combine the PS2 and PS3 numbers, the PS2 was selling less than a million units a year worldwide. Which is why it has been discontinued and bundled with the PS3's shipment numbers to start with.

Of course there's a little bitterness in the winds now that we have factual evidence that the Xbox 360 is dead last, as many others have predicted this entire generation.

I guess some of you will have to "Deal with It". Goodnight and enjoy the news boys
jcnba28  +   1009d ago
I think you're the one trying to spin the facts.

"The company has made $458 million in net income for FY 12 mainly due to sales of assets."

Did this part of the article just fly over your head?
LoveOfTheGame  +   1009d ago
Did you just say factual evidence? Seems a little redundant...Just saying.

Both companies have slightly skewed for different reasons. Personally I believe that the one that sold the most was...who the f*ck cares, these are numbers that have no effect on any of us. Have fun arguing who is in second place, the Wii already won and the minute they stop production on it the gen is over sales competition wise.
Muerte2494  +   1009d ago
@ LoveOfTheGame...
IF you still think sales don't matter to gamers then you should talk to the Wii U crowd. They are getting hardly any support come next gen. The excuses have ranged from: "It's not a next gen system" to "Wii U user base is too small".

This is why sales matter. It determines whether a developers brings their title to your platform. It also means if your install base is huge, a company (Microsoft) would have pay enough to cover for having the exclusive.

OFF topic: Little food for thought for you guys defending xbox360. IDC firm said at the end of 2012 that xbox360 has sold 76 million and ps3 77 million.

Microsoft confirmed that Xbox360 indeed sold 75.9 million at the end of 2012

Ps3 reports 77 million sold

"Sony reports that 6.8 million (PS3+PS2s) have been sold during the quarter putting the lifetime PS3 sales to around 77 million, in line with IDC’s estimate earlier last month. PS3 sales continue to surpass Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sales, which is around 75.9 million as reported last month, but still behind Nintendo Wii’s 99 million."

Why would IDC make such an accurate prediction using inflated ps3 numbers? But they numbers for xbox360 were dead on. No matter how us slice it, Math doesn't lie. 80.4 million ps3's over 77.2 million xbox360s. VGchartz has sold to retail off by 2 million for xbox360, but 6 million for ps3.
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XabiDaChosenOne  +   1009d ago
The price drop in Japan was a proven success and Sony has yet to drop the price in the west which will also inevitable improve sales. Why would Sony give up on the Vita at this point?
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DiRtY  +   1009d ago
a proven success? it gets outsold 3:1 by the 3DS in Japan, worldwide 5:1.
DragonKnight  +   1009d ago
@DiRtY: Being outsold by the 3DS doesn't equate to being a failure.
MikeMyers  +   1009d ago
DragonKnight, if the PS3 outsells the Xbox 360 does that mean the Xbox 360 will end up a failure?
torchic  +   1009d ago
well Sony came out last year (during Q3) and said that the PS3 shipped 75m. Jack Tretton while interviewed a few months later said the number was around 77m. we're towards mid 2013, it's impossible that the PS3 has sold 0 units after Tretton's statement.

79m/80m is a very, very realistic number for PS3s shipped.
Muerte2494  +   1009d ago
Tell the naysayers.....
to use their brains. Xbox360 and ps3 both use shipped numbers because that's the most accurate way for them to monitor sales. There is no ps2 production at all meaning there have been no shipments.

Meaning in 2013 only thing they've been shipping are ps3's. To say that Sony is inflating Ps3's numbers would mean they're lying to their investors which is a crime. If they are adding both of the systems sales then it would be 80 million + 155 million.

80.4 million is ps3 worldwide numbers. It's a federal crime to try and cook the books.

PS3 only need to sell 20 million in 3.75 years to pass 100 million. I'd say they've pretty much have it in the bag.
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Clarence  +   1009d ago
Your correct. The PS2 might have added 1-2m to the that 80m if anything. The 360 is in last place.
testerg35  +   1009d ago
Muerte, but how can you prove that 80.4 is PS3 numbers since PS2 is listed. If the PS2 stopped production and all of it is PS3 then why even combine the PS3/PS2 on the financial report?
Muerte2494  +   1009d ago
@ testerg35,
Ps3 reports 77 million sold

"Sony reports that 6.8 million (PS3+PS2s) have been sold during the quarter putting the lifetime PS3 sales to around 77 million, in line with IDC’s estimate earlier last month. PS3 sales continue to surpass Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sales, which is around 75.9 million as reported last month, but still behind Nintendo Wii’s 99 million."

IDC report doesn't say 77 million ps3+ps2 sales, it sales 77 million ps3 sales which fall in line with Sony's Q3 report (which also says ps3+ps2)

Sony not only but IDC both are lying now. A company, whose job it is to make accurate analyst, is committing fraud too?

IDC says XBox 360 76 million, ps3 77million

Microsoft report's 75.9 million (in line with IDC)
Sony reports 77 million (ps3+ps2) (in line with IDC "PS3" sales)

Sony confirmed IDC's prediction when they released their numbers Feb 7th

Jack Tretton quoted saying ps3 was indeed around 77 million on Feb 21st

We know Ps2s are no longer in production. So in 2013 the only home console Sony has been shipping is PS3.

So if SONY's numbers (even though you see ps3+ps2) say 77million ps3 sold
Jack Tretton say 77 million ps3 sold
IDC says 77 million ps3 sold

If Sony's numbers were right last quarter why would they be wrong this quarter?
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testerg35  +   1009d ago
Muerte, I'm not disagreeing with the PS3 numbers. I'm just saying Sony is not helping by having the description as "PS3/PS2".
CernaML  +   1009d ago
Yes yes, we all know you dislike Playstation and will say anything to taint its name. Now run along, child.
Agent_hitman  +   1009d ago
I can smell the Playstation popularity again..
Fatty  +   1009d ago
Despite a sluggish game market, Sony comes through! Definitely a testament to the power of the Playstation.
Corpser  +   1009d ago
Sony said it also expects videogame-business profits to be flat in this fiscal year despite an expected revenue boost from the introduction of the PlayStation 4 console later this year.
saimcheeda  +   1009d ago
Man its been a long time coming
but SONY's getting on the right track, they're really picking up momentum going into the 8th generation!
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green  +   1009d ago
Am I reading this wrongly because I am seeing that for the entire fiscal year, their gaming division only made an operating income of $18 million.

"Operating income decreased 27.6 billion yen year-on-year to 1.7 billion yen (18 million U.S. dollars). This significant decrease was primarily due to the above-mentioned decrease in sales of PSP hardware and software as well as the impact of a strategic price reduction for the PS Vita, enacted in Japan in February 2013."

Well, I guess no matter how small the profit, it is better than a loss.

And why is the PS3 selling less than the previous year when it had a redesign and price cut last year? Or are people really eager for new hardware like I am?
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TwinDad  +   1009d ago
Yes. 18 Million US dollars was the operating profit. It was likely down for PS4 R&D and as mentioned in your quote, due to PSP sales and Vita price drop.

Any profit is better than a loss.

It could be console fatigue, or it just could be the world's economy going bad. I suspect the economy.
wenaldy  +   1009d ago
Butthurt... Butthurt everywhere..
jcnba28  +   1009d ago
This does not look good for sony. The PS4 will need to sell like hotcakes for them to bounce back.
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DivineAssault  +   1009d ago
So your basically saying that because the 360 virtually cut their system/software sales in half that theyre in trouble? The completely dominated the console market since they arrived for 2 generations but because this generation they lost 1/2 of what they normally sell they need to make a comeback? I highly doubt that.. Theyre not in the best of shape in other areas of the business but they console division is fine
Mkai28  +   1009d ago
Makes me wonder how long they have been combining everything for units shipped? What would happen if Nintendo combined the wii with the wiiu sales, would people take that as gospel?
Whatever helps Sony sleep at night, congratulations Sony..
DivineAssault  +   1009d ago
oh & MKai28,

If sony combined units with PS2 like u think, it would be OVERKILL.. PS2 is the highest selling HOME console ever..
C0MPUT3R  +   1009d ago
PS3 has 10 million forecast for the next year.
So if it hits that number in Mar'14 it will be at around 90 Million when it celebrates it's 7th Birthday launching World Wide
MAR 07 - MAR 14.
I'll say it again Tortoise(PS3) vs. The Hare(Wii).
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1009d ago
A man sees PS3 being at 90m by next year this time. Then 97m by the year after. Then 102m by the year after. Then maybe 105m after that. That should be enough to pass Wii (which is struggling to reach 100m right now and has lost all relevance). A man would also point out that PS1 never reached that high even (though in a smaller market overall).
DarkHeroZX  +   1009d ago
One step at a time dude. Lets see if the ps3 can just hit 100 million before it stops selling. PS1 and PS2 bpth sold 100 million+ and now we gotta wait for the PS3 to do so too.
Drekken  +   1009d ago
You aren't taking into consideration price drops. The PS3 at $150.00 would sell more than 10mil a year... If they every got it to $99 in the next year forget it. The sales will skyrocket. I can see the PS3 hitting 125mil easy. It is still outselling everything at $250.00.
insomnium2  +   1009d ago
PS3 will be sitting at 130-150 million sold once everything is said and done.
Omar91  +   1009d ago
Started from the bottom now we here!.... sorry had to do it

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Veneno  +   1009d ago
You're the best............. AROUND!!
Nothing's gonna ever keep you down!
josephayal  +   1009d ago
def the best selling console this gen
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   1009d ago
@xbox fans sales matter again or are we back to liking games again? Hard to keep track! Excuses tend to vary when the ball isn't in your court.
givemeshelter  +   1009d ago
Sales mattered also to Sony fans when it suits them...Lesson from all this? Fanboys on all sides are babies
tagzskie  +   1009d ago
@showtimefolks i dont want to be a jerk but, sony is NOT struggling due to yen dollar. The reason yen is low rate is because of government. They want a japanesse product to recover and match up to korea (samsung etc.) and american product. Sony and NHK's not doing good past few years. Its vice versa, low yen rate to recover japanesse product. Sony is expensive thats why.
PlayStation_4  +   1009d ago
I don't understand all of the Sony hate in the Disqus comments...
BLow  +   1009d ago
Man, did you guys check out the comments on the actual site of the story. Wow, goes to show you that there are extreme fanboys on both sides. Just picture if Sony charged for their online services. That would make a huge difference. Yes, I know they shouldn't charge and I said "IF". If you can't see that the Xbox division profits have come from "Live" revenue than you are delusional. That billion dollars makes for a lot of wriggle room to offset other losses occurred.

Man, if I were Sony I would charge half price like $30 or even $10 or $20 to play online. At least they would get some kind of revenue coming in that will help offset other costs. Just say that for non PS+ members they charged $10 a year to play online. Yes, again I know there shouldn't be a charge but $10 is not that much. Most people could deal with that. I don't know but I'm just throwing an idea out there. I not claiming to be a financial expert like a lot of you on here.

I know Sony is looking at how MS is making money off of Live and they would like some of that too. But if they offer they same features now and throw in party chat for part of their free service than it could be a good thing. It could be a marketing advantage for them. I mean that's the main feature that get compared for the two right? Who knows what will happen. Guess we'll find out at E3. This year's is going to be epic!!!
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Dee_Cazo  +   1009d ago
You realize if Microsoft counted Xbox sales with their Xbox 360 sales, people would be calling all sorts of bullshit.

Rhythmattic  +   1009d ago
Ive been reading the comments here and there.......

WTF is this shit.... Just like kids in a school yard...

Bully's that would run the moment they saw an open hand. Pussy's.

Get back to gaming.... I Am..

Night Boys.
joeorc  +   1009d ago
There is no fudging of the freaking numbers!

"PS2 shipped less than 3 million, the PS3 should have overtaken the 360 worldwide."

remember that IDC report that many on here said was bogus?

well they stated their number's for sony's 3rd Q: 2012 was 6.8 and guess what, it was 6.8 million, because for the past 3 years straight look at ps3 shipments:

look at 2009 to 2011

Q: 3rd

6.3 million and higher

upto early 2012 the PS3 was seperate, but do people really think the PS3 shipments would have declined that drastic in that sales Q: ?

by those shipment number, sony in all likely hood has over taken the xbox360 world wide. as a matter of fact the shipments for ps3+ps2 = 6.8 million so what is the likely outcome of the break down? using the past three years as a guage?

unless there has been a massive demand for the PS2 over 3 + million for that sales Q: which is very freaking unlikely, than the number breakdown is pretty d@mn clear. yes a tiny thing could shift or could have happen since 2011 but has the ps3 sales declined that drastic, that is a no.
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Muerte2494  +   1009d ago
Hopefully Sony will clear all this...
up next month @ E3. I don't know if it's just people lack understanding or reasoning. All you have to do is add.

Just go and do the math yourself. No matter how you slice it PS3 is extending it's lead.

Microsoft only managed to sell 1.3 million in 3 months worldwide. Sony, on the other hand, sold 3.4 million ps3's in 3 months. Outselling xbox360 at nearly a 2-1 ratio worldwide.

can't say it's ps2 because Sony ceased production in 2012 worldwide. Also Gamestop won't be accepting them as trade-ins.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1009d ago
good news for sony
shoestring  +   1009d ago
Have fun with these sell figures while I'll be playing Last of Us next month
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