PlayStation 3 Nears 17 Million Units Sold Worldwide; Sony Profits Dip 90%, Gaming Up Over Last Year

BOOM widget 120316Since its 2006 debut, the PlayStation 3 has sold 16.84 million units worldwide, according to new financial documents released by Sony.

During the second quarter of Sony's 2008 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2.43 million PS3s were sold, adding to the 14.41 million that had been sold as of June 30, 2008.

In all, Sony expects to sell 10 million PlayStation 3 units during this fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2009. To reach that goal, Sony will have to sell 6.01 million PS3s across the next two quarters, one of which covers the lucrative Christmas season.

Lifetime worldwide figures for the PlayStation 2 and PSP hardware are not available, as 2007 was the first fiscal year that Sony declared sales, not shipment numbers.

As of July 30, Nintendo's Wii had sold 29.6 million units worldwide. Microsoft has not provided worldwide sales figures on the Xbox 360 since March of this year, when the console was at 19 million worldwide.

In line with the lowered expectations, Sony's operating income for the quarter was down 90.1% over the last year's Q2 results--11 billion yen vs. 111.6 billion yen--though revenue was only down by 0.5%--2.07 trillion yen vs. 2.08 trillion yen.

However, Sony was quick to point out that its sales would actually be up 5%, and operating income would only be down 79%, were it not for the change in exchange rates.

Despite the bleak outlook, Sony's Game division is up over this time last year, bringing in 268.5 million yen--a 10.3% jump that would have been 15% if not for exchange rates.

Likewise, the Game division saw its operating losses reduced by almost 60%. While 39.5 billion yen was lost in Q2 FY08, Q2 FY07 saw a loss of 96.7 billion yen.