Feeds

Sony profits down, but PS3 sales up

PS3 still Sony's main attraction

The next step in data security

The financial results for Sony's first quarter of 2008 are out, and things aren’t looking good. However, the firm's PlayStation business will be smiling because PS3 and PSP sales increased.

For three months ended June 2008, Sony only brought in ¥35bn (£163m/$326m) – representing a 47 per cent drop from the ¥66.5bn (£312m/$618m) it generated during the same period last year.

But Sony’s PlayStation business was the jewel in its crown and the division shone through with 1.56m PS3 console shipments worldwide during Q1, which is more than double the 700,000 units it sold over the same period last year.

Earlier this month, Sony said it aims to sell 150m PlayStation 3 units worldwide by the end of the console’s lifecycle.

Global PS3 software sales for the Q1 totalled 22.8m, an increase of 18.1m over Q1 2008.

Despite a Sony executive recently admitting that the UMD format has been less than successful, the company still managed to ship 3.72m PlayStation Portables (PSP) during Q1 – up from 2.13m during Q1 2007.

PSP software titles sales also increased by around 2m, representing total sales of 11.8m titles for Q1 2008.

The humble PS2 was the only console of the three to see a sales decline, but Sony still managed to shift an impressive 1.51m of the consoles worldwide.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.