Business has been good for Sony and the PlayStation 4.
As evidenced by their latest financial report for the fiscal year that ended last March 31, 2020, the PS4 has sold a whopping 110.4 million units, putting it in a comfortable 4th position in the list of best selling game consoles, now a mere 8 million units behind 3rd placers Game Boy / Game Boy Color from Nintendo.
Equally impressive is the number of PS Plus subscribers, totalling 41.5 million, as digital services and subscriptions may continue to trend upwards due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Speaking of COVID-19, it is noteworthy that the PS5, despite all of the news about possible manufacturing delays, is still scheduled for the Holidays of 2020, as can be seen through the above report on page 20:
Regarding the launch of PlayStation®5, although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international travel have presented some challenges in regards to part of the testing process and the qualification of production lines, development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season. At this point in time major problems have not arisen in the game software development pipeline for Sony’s own first-party studios or its partners’ studios.
With the impending release of the next generation consoles towards the end of the year, the PS4 may not sell enough to topple the Game Boy in lifetime sales but The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima may give it one last push to take over that third place.
We’ve yet to hear concrete details for the PS5 but if the ongoing reports are true, the next couple of weeks may be the time when Sony will unveil their next generation offering.