Sony has announced that 40 million units have been since the PlayStation 4’s release November 15, 2013. Compare that to the latest numbers seeing Microsoft’s Xbox ONE at just 18 million units sold since its release just a week later on November 22, 2013 and we can see that while the lead PS4 had over Xbox ONE may have began as nearly triple the sales, two and a half years later there’s still about a 2:1 gap in PlayStation ownership over Xbox this generation.
What many people don’t know about mega corporations like Sony and Microsoft is that although they can take in millions, even billions of dollars in revenue annually, they don’t always break even nevermind make a profit. Sony has been a leader in financial loss for a number of big reports over the last year and PS4 is one of their major strengths keeping the company alive. This week new financial reports came forward announcing Sony is back within profitable range and attributes much of this turn-around to the continued sales of PlayStation 4 consoles and PS4 software (i.e. AAA Games, DLC / Micro-Transactions, PSN Movie Rentals / Purchases).
With PlayStation NEO on the edge of being confirmed with a full-out reveal from Sony it is worth noting that console sales are slowing down. Since console sales and game sales are one of the only things keeping Sony from an eventual bankruptcy, it makes sense that in addition to tons being spent on future R&D (gambling big on being a part of the future) Sony is also spending heavily on bringing Virtual Reality and a slightly more powerful PlayStation 4 to the market to keep innovation going forward in the mainstream console gaming industry.