Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony has just put out their financial results for their second quarter of this current fiscal year. Sadly for Sony profits are down for its Consumers Products & Services division. The division that houses Playstation products. While it may look grim with revenue down 9.1% year-over year it's not all that bad. PS3 sales increased to 37.4 million for the quarter, from 35.3 year-over-year. PS3 console systems sold 3.7 million this quarter compared 3.5 million of the same quarter last fiscal year, PS3 software sales were also up. PSP systems also saw an increase to 1.7 million from 1.5 million and the dieing PS2 saw a drop from 1.5 million to 1.2 million.
Sony also has released its numbers for PS3 shipments. 56 million PS3s have been shipped compared to the 360 at 57.3 million. While these are not sales figures to consumers, the gap between PS3 and 360 is steadily coming to an end. I’m not very surprised since the Playstation 3 has steadily been doing better and better every year since its launch in 2006. While the last quarter was a bit week in big titles, Resistance 3, Dead Island and Deus Ex, this upcoming holiday/quarter is definitely going to increase sales and interest for the PS3. With games like Battlefield 3 and FIFA 12 just recently being released and countless others soon to be released the PS3 is expected to see some good growth. Titles like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3, The Elderscrolls V: Skrim, Assassins Creed Revelations and Need for Speed: The Run will definitely drive the PS3 for a good holiday season and edge out the 360 in holiday sales.
According to vgchartz.com the 360 is at 57.6 million sold and the PS3 is at 55 million sold. I expect the Playstation 3 to maybe pass the 360 in worldwide sales by this time next year.