Sony has reported a brief bump in the road for the second quarter of 2013. Losses in sales and net income are found in Sony’s financial report.
While software sales for the PS3 have increased, PS3, PS2, and PSP hardware sales have decreased. An operating loss of 0.8 billion yen was recorded for Sony’s game division. Sony states that this is partially due to the price reduction of the PlayStation Vita. While the gaming division hasn’t experienced the best of days, their devices and music, and financial divisions are sitting at an increase in operating income and sales. Their forecast for quarter one of 2014 isn’t so sunny, with sales and income expectations falling below the August forecast. Their financial division however, is expected not to change in the next year.
It’s uncertain how their gaming division will fair in the next year, with a new home console on its way. While hardware sales for the PS4 could give Sony a significant boost, there’s no telling how well its other platforms will fair, as the new platform takes the spotlight and attention. Another factor of course is the new Xbox One on its way this holiday, as well as the Wii U‘s software lineup; only time will tell.
The reception for the PS4 has definitely been positive, so that’s a good thing. It’s interesting to note though that the company has gone on the record saying that the console will be sold at a loss at launch. That’s not going to help their financial picture any, which means the attach rate for games is going to have to pick up the slack.