Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles were shipped worldwide in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, bringing the lifetime total of the system to 60 million.
Overall, the Game & Network Services Segment saw sales increase by 6.3% to $14.7 billion USD in FY2016, while operating income was up 53% to $1.2 billion.
Sony says the sales increase was “primarily due to an increase in PlayStation 4 software sales, including sales through the network, as well as an increase in PS4 hardware sales, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates and the impact of a price reduction for PS4 hardware.”
The operating income increase, meanwhile, was “primarily due to PS4 hardware cost reductions and the above-mentioned increase in PS4 software sales, partially offset by the impact of the price reduction for PS4 hardware and a decrease in PlayStation 3 software sales.”
For this current fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018), Sony expects PS4 shipments to drop two million year-over-year to 18 million. If they reach this, it would bring total PS4 shipments to 78 million. They also expect total gaming segment sales to rise by 14.6% due to an increase in network sales.