PlayStation 3 Sales Slump As Hacking Scandal Hits

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PlayStation 3 dived in the last quarter, in the wake of the PS Network hacking crisis.

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In its latest financial results, just released, Sony revealed slipping fortunes of its PlayStation 3, recording 1.8 million units sales in the period April to June this year. 


This compares to 2.4 million units sold this time last year.

However, sales of the Sony PSP portable console fared batter, jumping 600,000 to 1.8 million. 

Business in the Japanese maker’s key consumer products sector, which includes TV, gaming and audio, fell 17.9% year-on-year to 732.3 billion yen (US$9,040 m), blamed on falling LCD sales, poor markets in the U.S and Europe, and price competition in PC category. 

On the subject of the PSN hacking crisis, which hit earlier this year, Sony has this to say: 

“Due to the cyber attacks on Sony’s network services for PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment, the network services were temporarily shut down and related expenses such as security enhancement measures were recorded.”
“User logins to PlayStationNetwork in North America have returned to a similar level as before the cyber attacks,” it also confirmed. 

However, there was better news on the titles front, selling over 26 million games- a lift of 1.3m compared to a year ago. 

Overall, Sony’s sales for Q1 slumped to 1,494.9 billion yen (U.S$ 8,456m), a drop of 10% compared to same quarter a year ago

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