© Reuters. PS5 sells 13.4 million despite lack of chips and with the pandemic in remission
Tokyo, Oct 28 (.) .- The PlayStation 5 (PS5) console accumulates 13.4 million units sold, reported today Sony (T :), which highlighted its good performance despite the shortage of chips that is affecting its production and the impact of the remission of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Japanese tech multinational is having trouble meeting demand for its latest desktop console due to semiconductor supply problems.
“We would like to launch as many units as we can as soon as possible,” Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said during the presentation this Thursday of the company’s semi-annual financial results, which has seen its net profit reduced by about 35% year-on-year between April and September.
Sony’s video game arm accounts for about a quarter of the conglomerate’s sales.
Despite the fact that the turnover of this segment increased by 13.3% in said period, the operating profit has been reduced by almost 28% due to the slow sales of PS5 and its peripherals and the slowdown in the commercialization of its predecessor , PS4, upon its release in November 2020.
Despite this, the marketing of PS5 is being faster than that of PS4 and the company maintains its sales forecast for the entire year, in which it expects to exceed 20 million units, which would exceed the sales of its predecessor in its first year.
“Just because shipments (of consoles) are delayed there is not going to be a dramatic impact on our annual results,” said Totoki, who acknowledged that the lockdowns decreed since last year in the wake of the pandemic had “a great impact” on the operations of the group that this year is smaller, with the remission of infections.
However, monthly subscriptions to its online service “PlayStation Plus” exceeded 47 million in the July-September quarter and monthly active users stood at 104 million, a stability that Sony wants to take positive advantage of to continue pampering the sector, of weight in their accounts.
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