Consoles are big business as Nintendo & Sony report sales numbers


Both Sony and Nintendo have released their latest quarterly earnings reports. One thing is clear in both: Console sales are huge around the world.

Nintendo has reported that, while overall revenue is down somewhat this quarter, sales of the Switch are strong. Over 36.87 million units have been sold through June 30, 2019. That number is nearly 2M sold units over the previous quarter. In addition, over 200M software titles have been sold. These numbers can be compared to lifetime sales of the 3DS (75.28M units, 379.60M software) and the Wii U (13.56M units, 102.91M software).

Shuntaro Furukawa, Nintendo President, estimates that Nintendo will sell about 18M Switch consoles throughout 2019.

Sony has also reported big numbers for sales of the PlayStation 4. Over the course of its lifetime, the PS4 has sold over 100M units worldwide. The company has reached this mega-goal in under six years since it originally launched. Sony also reported that 3.2M PS4 consoles were sold in the quarter that ended on June 30, 2019. It remains to be seen how much larger that number will grow before the launch of the PlayStation 5 which we already know is in development.

One analyst made this observation:

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