Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Digital Software Sales on the PlayStation 4 Overtake Physical Sales

Digital Software Sales on the PlayStation 4 Overtake Physical Sales

Sony have now sold 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles, on the dot! making it the sixth console to do so. Only a handful of consoles in gaming history have managed to hit the 100 million mark, so the PS4 is joining an exclusive club today. According to Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad, the PlayStation 4 hit 100 million faster than the PS2 and the Wii did. Add that to the 96.8 million total units sold that were reported back in April, and the 100-million milestone has been reached. This was mostly driven by strong PlayStation Plus and sales through the PlayStation Store, as well as obviously the 3.2 million hardware units. For the fiscal year 2019, which stretches from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, it predicts that 15 million PS4s will sell, 1 million fewer than it had previously estimated.

I think the PS4 has the ability to sell millions more before the end of its lifecycle, and could even overtake the PS2 as the best selling console of all time.

The PS4 now stands fourth in the all-time home console sales list, although it'll move up into second place behind its grandfather by September if the Q2 results match those of previous years.

Revealed through the company's latest financial briefing, Sony finished their latest financial quarter with a modest 3.2 million consoles sold. Nevertheless, the PlayStation Network continues to be a huge cash cow for the entire company, with it contributing nearly 50 per cent to the gaming division's overall sales.

Other interesting information in the report includes digital downloads having now surpassed physical discs as the preferred method of buying games, with 53 percent of owners purchasing titles digitally. Finally, there are 36.2 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, which is down slightly from Q4 2018's 36.4 million.

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