PS4 software sales spike during the pandemic

The PlayStation 4 era may be winding down, but people are playing their consoles more than ever at home. Sony just announced as part of its first-quarter earnings that despite a 22 percent decrease in sales of hardware and packaged games, digital software sales are up 83 percent year-on-year, bringing in revenue of 395 trillion yen ($3.72 billion). At 599 trillion yen ($5.65 billion), total PlayStation revenue is 36 percent higher than the same period last year and is the highest for any April-June quarter in PlayStation history.

Sony cites sales of The Last of Us Part II and also calls out Ghost of Tsushima as a strong performer, though the latter game wasn’t released last quarter so isn’t a contributor to these figures. The company…

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Author: Sam Byford