Today Sony announced its financial results for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2022, related to the period between October 1 and December 31, 2022, providing an update on PS5 shipments.
The company revealed that it has shipped a whopping 7.1 million PS5 unit during the quarter, bringing the grand total up to 32.1 million units. This marks by far the best quarter ever for Sony's PlayStation 5 console.
If you're wondering, there have not been updates to PS4 shipments for a while, and the older console is frozen in time at 117 million as of May 2022.
Below you can take a look at the presentation slides providing a bird-eye view on the performance of the "Games & Network Services" segment of Sony's business, which includes PlayStation and the PlayStation Network.
As you can see, sales increased significantly year-on-year (by a whopping 53%) due to the improvement in hardware sales as the offer of PS5 units finally started consistently matching the demand. On top of that, first-party software sales also increased.
Operating income grew by 25% year-on-year due to said increase in sales of first-party games, partly offset by growth in costs including acquisitions.
The outlook for the whole fiscal year ending on March 31 remains unchanged from sales, while it has been revised upward by 7% for operating income due to the impact of foreign exchange rates.
We also get further documentation revealing that PlayStation Plus subscribers were at 46.4 million as of December 31, while PlayStation Network had 112 million monthly active users.
Lastly, we take a look at Sony's performance as a whole company, with sales that increased by 13% year-on-year, while operating income decreased by 8%.
Speaking of sales, just yesterday night we learned that God of War Ragnarok has sold through to customers 11 million units.