In its earnings report, Sony announced on 28th April 2017 that the previous fiscal year (that had ended on 31st March 2017) had been the best year for the Sony PlayStation 4. It sold near 60 million units during this time, 40 million had been sold as of May 2016 and 50 million by December 2016.
Sony’s gaming division was the most successful of all of its different branches throughout the last fiscal year. The gaming division had a reported operating profit of 135.6 billion yen ($1.21 billion) of 1.65 trillion yen ($14.7 billion) in revenue, reflecting a 6.3 percent increase in sales as well as a 52.9 percent increase in profits.
2016 truly was the high point for the PS4 and now Sony expects the sales to decline. 18 million is the number of PS4 units that Sony estimates it would sell in its new fiscal year, indicating clearly that the PS4 may have seen the last of its peak.
However, it should be taken into account that the PS4 has reached the average lifespan of a console, 4 years. Launched around late 2013 and early 2014, the Sony PS4 will reach this age by the end of the current fiscal year, on 31st March 2018.
However, Sony new the day would come when the PS4 will have lived past its prime and had released the more powerful PS4 Pro to replace it. The PS4 is still outpacing the PS2, still, the PS2 sold a total of 71 million units after 4 years of its launch and sold more than 150 million after 11 years of being on the market.
However, at the current projection, the PS4 won’t overtake the older console. Still, the Ps4 user base is growing at a fairly nice pace, and with games like Gran Turismo, God of War, Uncharted, and The Last of Us, it truly is worth the inclusion.