Sony has announced that the total number of PlayStation 4 consoles shipped to stores is now over 96 million.
The company said in its latest financial report that it shipped more than 96.8 million consoles by March 31, 2019, while 2.6 million units sold in the first three months of this year.
Between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019 (the previous fiscal year), Sony sold 17.8 million PlayStation 4 consoles to stores, down from 19 million in the fiscal year 2017, but rise over the company’s own forecast of 17.5 million.
For the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, Sony plans to sell 16 million consoles and increase to 112.8 million the number of PlayStation 4 consoles shipped to stores around the world.
During the previous fiscal year, 257.6 million PlayStation 4 games were sold – of that value, 54.7 million were sold in the first three months of 2019 and this means an increase of 2.2 million over the previous year’s installment.
Sony also said that 37% of the games sold represent digital versions.
In what is referred to as the best ever fiscal year for Sony, led by the videogames and online services division, especially thanks to the help of services like PlayStation Plus.
PS Plus reached 36.4 million subscribers, an increase of 2.2 million over the previous fiscal year and an increase of 100,000 subscribers over the last three months of 2018.
Sales of video games, especially with the growth of the digital market, along with PS Plus subscriptions are singled out as the major contributors to the results of this division – which recorded $ 20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended April 31.
Even with rising spending in the research and development division (which is currently developing the PlayStation 5), Sony has managed to record higher figures than in previous years.