PS5 sales up, but games down

In the second quarter of 2022, the PlayStation 5 sold a little better than last year, but the lack of big titles impacted the sale of games.

In the first quarter of the 2023 fiscal year - which started in April 2022 (don't look…) - Sony distributed 2.4 million PlayStation 5s worldwide, 4% more than the same period Last year. Incidentally, the total number of PS5s sold reached 21.7 million. Turnover linked to the machine increased by 13%.

Drop in game sales

Over the same period of time, sales of games fell by 26%, and their turnover declined by 13%. Sony justifies this drop by the lack of big titles compared to 2021, and also by the relative end of the Covid-19 pandemic which encourages people to spend less time at home to play. Thus, the number of active users of the PlayStation Network service fell by 3% in one year.

God of War Ragnarök and The Last of Us Part I Remake coming soon

According to Reuters, Sony has lowered its full-year revenue forecast for the PlayStation division by 16%, and expects a further drop in game sales for the next quarter. However, expected titles such as God of War Ragnarök (in November) and The Last of Us Part I Remake (in September), could revive the video game giant's business.