Sony Loses More Than $1.2B in Latest Quarter, 3.3M PlayStation 4s Shipped, 800K PS3s Shipped - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 31 October 2014 / 10,033 Views

Sony has released its sales report for their second fiscal quarter. Revenue increased seven percent to ¥1.9 trillion ($17 billion). Losses increased six fold to ¥136 billion overall ($1.22 billion), from ¥19.6 billion ($177.3 million) during the same period a year ago.

The PlayStation 4 continues to be a success for Sony, which has seen several divisions continue to lose money. Sony shipped 3.3 million PlayStation 4s during the quarter, which helped increase the Game and Network Services division 83 percent to ¥309.5 billion ($2.77 billion). A year ago the division posted a loss, while this quarter it turned a profit of ¥21.8 billion ($195.5 million).

Sony also shipped 800,000 PlayStation 3s during the quarter. Sony also shipped a combined 700,000 units for the PlayStation Vita, PSP, and PlayStation TV. That is down by 100,000 when compared to a year ago.

Sony's forecast for the entire fiscal year remains the same. Sony expects revenue of ¥7.8 trillion revenue ($70.5 billion) and a loss of ¥230 billion ($2 billion). However, Sony increased its expectations for the Game and Network Services division. Revenue is expected to make ¥50 billion more than it did before to ¥1.29 trillion ($11.7 billion). Profits were also increased ¥10 billion to ¥35 billion ($316.5 million).

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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32 Comments

sidious164 (on 01 November 2014)

Sony can't make a dollar these days huh?


teamsilent13 (on 31 October 2014)

If sony goes bankrupt couldn't they just split off the gaming division or would they have to sell that I assume to make up to shareholders and get boughtout by another company? This is a legal stuff that I don't really understand so my care meter is zero.


Azzanation (on 02 November 2014)

PlayStation wont survive without a parent company, if they went on there own they will have zero bank. It costs billions to be in the console and games market. It cost them 4 billion to make the PS4 and over 2 billion to make the PS4. Where will they get that sort of money for there next console? not including the billions to invest into games thought the life. 3 out of 7 PS games make budget. Nintendo can survive because they are sitting on billions in the bank and Xbox can survive because there parent company helps fund them. PS will fall without a parent.


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platformmaster918 (on 02 November 2014)

Sony will simply sell the unprofitable divisions before they go bankrupt. In other words they will downsize but keep all the stuff like insurance, movies, and gaming.


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bnuyen@outlook.com (on 03 November 2014)

if Sony is to survive they will do what any responsible company would do and that is go back to its roots. there is not a single company in the world dumb enough to buy the ps4 brand they have destroyed it with the ps4


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johnlucas (on 03 November 2014)

Split the gaming division? That gaming division can't function without the whole of Sony Corporation behind it.
Sony Corporation subsidizes Sony Computer Entertainment much like Microsoft Corporation subsidizes the division that contains the XBox.

And since the videogame business is such risky volatile business by nature, who realistically is gonna step in & buy out SCE to subsidize it?
PlayStation fans expect all these big-budget high-fidelity games & that costs money.
Sony's not inherently a gamemaker so they depend on 3rd parties to supply them with games.
Those 3rd parties want Sony to spend the big bucks to have that big-budget high-fidelity platform those PlayStation fans enjoy.

What if the one who buys out PlayStation doesn't feel like bleeding money for the sake of videogames?
Microsoft has billions to blow. They've been subsidizing the XBox for its entire 13 year existence & it STILL hasn't really paid off for them in anything more than a brand name.
New management means new directions. The Playstation won't be the PlayStation you know if some other company buys it or even if Sony Computer Entertainment becomes independent of the Sony Corporation.

I've checked profits of major companies & the only ones with the pockets to spend are Samsung, Google, & Apple. Amazon can't do it, they don't make nearly enough profit not by FAR.

Also Sony Computer Entertainment AKA the PlayStation Division is not immune from the pains of the overall Sony Corporation.
In fact, SCE simply can't make enough money to offset Sony's losses.
So if Sony Corp. suffers, SCE suffers just the same.
And Microsoft, a company who just made 22 billion in net profits, can afford to get into a spending war with Sony until Sony's all spent out.
And since shareholders are wanting the XBox to shape up or ship out, Microsoft will spend what they need to in order to have XOne crush the chances of the PS4.

The 8th Gen is just getting started, ladies & gentlemen.
I already know how this is gonna turn out (see http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=166018 for details) but you can keep watching if you don't wanna see the spoiler.
John Lucas


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johnlucas (on 03 November 2014)

Split the gaming division? That gaming division can't function without the whole of Sony Corporation behind it.
Sony Corporation subsidizes Sony Computer Entertainment much like Microsoft Corporation subsidizes the division that contains the XBox.

And since the videogame business is such risky volatile business by nature, who realistically is gonna step in & buy out SCE to subsidize it?
PlayStation fans expect all these big-budget high-fidelity games & that costs money.
Sony's not inherently a gamemaker so they depend on 3rd parties to supply them with games.
Those 3rd parties want Sony to spend the big bucks to have that big-budget high-fidelity platform those PlayStation fans enjoy.

What if the one who buys out PlayStation doesn't feel like bleeding money for the sake of videogames?
Microsoft has billions to blow. They've been subsidizing the XBox for its entire 13 year existence & it STILL hasn't really paid off for them in anything more than a brand name.
New management means new directions. The Playstation won't be the PlayStation you know if some other company buys it or even if Sony Computer Entertainment becomes independent of the Sony Corporation.

I've checked profits of major companies & the only ones with the pockets to spend are Samsung, Google, & Apple. Amazon can't do it, they don't make nearly enough profit not by FAR.

Also Sony Computer Entertainment AKA the PlayStation Division is not immune from the pains of the overall Sony Corporation.
In fact, SCE simply can't make enough money to offset Sony's losses.
So if Sony Corp. suffers, SCE suffers just the same.
And Microsoft, a company who just made 22 billion in net profits, can afford to get into a spending war with Sony until Sony's all spent out.
And since shareholders are wanting the XBox to shape up or ship out, Microsoft will spend what they need to in order to have XOne crush the chances of the PS4.

The 8th Gen is just getting started, ladies & gentlemen.
I already know how this is gonna turn out (see http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=166018 for details) but you can keep watching if you don't wanna see the spoiler.
John Lucas


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johnlucas (on 03 November 2014)

Addressed to all who think Sony splitting the game division is a good idea: Split the gaming division? That gaming division can't function without the whole of Sony Corporation behind it. Sony Corporation subsidizes Sony Computer Entertainment much like Microsoft Corporation subsidizes the division that contains the XBox. And since the videogame business is such risky volatile business by nature, who realistically is gonna step in & buy out SCE to subsidize it? PlayStation fans expect all these big-budget high-fidelity games & that costs money. Sony's not inherently a gamemaker so they depend on 3rd parties to supply them with games. Those 3rd parties want Sony to spend the big bucks to have that big-budget high-fidelity platform those PlayStation fans enjoy. What if the one who buys out PlayStation doesn't feel like bleeding money for the sake of videogames? Microsoft has billions to blow. They've been subsidizing the XBox for its entire 13 year existence & it STILL hasn't really paid off for them in anything more than a brand name. New management means new directions. The Playstation won't be the PlayStation you know if some other company buys it or even if Sony Computer Entertainment becomes independent of the Sony Corporation. I've checked profits of major companies & the only ones with the pockets to spend are Samsung, Google, & Apple. Amazon can't do it, they don't make nearly enough profit not by FAR. Also Sony Computer Entertainment AKA the PlayStation Division is not immune from the pains of the overall Sony Corporation. In fact, SCE simply can't make enough money to offset Sony's losses. So if Sony Corp. suffers, SCE suffers just the same. And Microsoft, a company who just made 22 billion in net profits, can afford to get into a spending war with Sony until Sony's all spent out. And since shareholders are wanting the XBox to shape up or ship out, Microsoft will spend what they need to in order to have XOne crush the chances of the PS4. The 8th Gen is just getting started, ladies & gentlemen. I already know how this is gonna turn out (see http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=166018 for details) but you can keep watching if you don't wanna see the spoiler. John Lucas


Dannyson97 (on 03 November 2014)

So gaming, movies, and music is Sony bread butter right now. Question is why is Sony going to cut off. Computers? Television? Phones?


GodOfPeace3 (on 01 November 2014)

NOT Playstation, They said Sony. Playstation is having record breaking sales numbers and doing incredibly.


Ljink96 (on 31 October 2014)

There wont' be a single thread about this. But wait until Nintendo loses $1 next quarter.


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Kyuu (on 31 October 2014)

There was already a couple of threads several hours before you posted this lol.


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the_dengle (on 31 October 2014)

Nintendo losing money next quarter (the HOLIDAY quarter) would be an absolute catastrophe.


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QUAKECore89 (on 31 October 2014)

The fuck Sony! What the fuck were you thinking?!! Moderated


HylianSwordsman (on 31 October 2014)

Over 3 million PS4s, 800k PS3s, and you still lose a billion dollars in a single quarter. How do you do it, Sony?


Admiralsnake (on 31 October 2014)

Read the article...it's the Mobile Division...


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blessedswine (on 31 October 2014)

its called a shitty mobile division, and they are still taking losses on the pc buisness, out of the billion loss 800k+ was from the mobile division, seriously i dont even know why sony makes phones anymore its just throwing money out the window.


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FujiokaMidori (on 31 October 2014)

I see Sony becoming only the PlayStation brand sometime int he next couple of years.


WagnerPaiva (on 02 November 2014)

Stop everything that does not make a profit.


Tridrakious (on 01 November 2014)

Sony can still turn things around. All the right decisions have been made. The main problem is, they can't afford to NOT be in the mobile business.


rousseau88 (on 31 October 2014)

Bad for sony


rousseau88 (on 31 October 2014)

Bad for sony


rousseau88 (on 31 October 2014)

Bad for sony


Dechizen (on 31 October 2014)

rip sony, they will be bankrupt soon


r3tr0gam3r1337 (on 01 November 2014)

is it me or am i among only a few that have known Sony to apparently be going bankrupt, thing is Sony have been going bankrupt for over a decade, when will it sink into the haters minds that Sony are not going to go bankrupt when they owe so much money to the Japanese government!


r3tr0gam3r1337 (on 02 November 2014)

lol down voted again!


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binary solo (on 31 October 2014)

The difference between profit and loss this quarter was entirely down to a one off write down in the mobile phones division. If they can avoid another massive hit in that division the next quarter should be profitable for the company as a whole.


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annnjones (on 02 November 2014)

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Justagamer (on 01 November 2014)

Hmm, I thought sony only reported sold to customers.. now it's shipped?