Sony back at top of console sales after eight years

Jun 07, 2014
An employee of an electronics chain promotes the release of Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console, in Tokyo, on February 22, 2014

Sony have topped worldwide sales of video game consoles for the first time in eight years, a newspaper reported on Saturday, pipping struggling rival Nintendo and signalling the Playstation manufacturer's comeback.

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems and other for the fiscal year to March, the Nikkei business daily said, to Nintendo's 16.31 million units.

The release of the PS4 in the United States and other markets in November propelled Sony's fortunes after a disappointing response to the console's predecessor, the PS3.

Almost seven million PS4's were sold, but Sony's overall sales of hardware, including the portable PlayStation Vita, still fell some 20 percent for the fiscal year, the report said.

's console sales slid 31 percent as the portable 3DS system failed to entice gamers while the new Wii U also fared poorly, it added.

Sony last topped the console sales list in March 2006 but sales of the PS3 came in below expectations and struggled against's Wii and DS series.

Nikkei said Sony was expected to stay at number one for the rest of the year as Nintendo has few noteworthy releases planned.

Microsoft's sales rose 16 percent to 11.6 million thanks to the rollout of the popular Xbox One towards the end of 2013, the report added.

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btb101
not rated yet Jun 07, 2014
and this is before they start selling in china, a place where m$ is banned due to nsa concerns..

game over for m$ before it started..
BSD
not rated yet Jun 07, 2014
This is finance, not science
sirchick
not rated yet Jun 07, 2014
and this is before they start selling in china, a place where m$ is banned due to nsa concerns..

game over for m$ before it started..


M$ are not banned from china they are soon to start selling in China with their xbox.

Read things before you talk non sense next time.

News article: http://www.reuter...20140430
Squirrel
not rated yet Jun 08, 2014
More interesting in the above reuter link: "China had banned game consoles in 2000, citing their negative effect on the mental health of its youth. It temporarily lifted the ban in January."
sirchick
not rated yet Jun 10, 2014
More interesting in the above reuter link: "China had banned game consoles in 2000, citing their negative effect on the mental health of its youth. It temporarily lifted the ban in January."


I guess they have done research on it and changed their mind, although China still hugely control the games you can sell.

Given consoles are more like media hubs and not "just" about games... i guess that allowed it that way.... but you can bet many games won't get past the approval system.