Sony’s fiscal year operating profit has reached an all-time high, with sales hitting over 10 trillion yen, or approximately $74 billion. This is the first time the company has achieved such a feat. The success can be attributed in part to the impressive global sales of Sony’s PlayStation 5 console. Since its release in November 2020, the console has sold approximately 19.1 million units in the 2022 fiscal year.
Despite these achievements, Sony expects a decrease in sales and company net profit in the next fiscal year, which will end in March 2024. The company projects a sales decrease of 0.3 percent and a 10.4 percent drop in net profit. Sony President Totoki Hiroki attributes this pessimistic outlook to a challenging macroeconomic environment and plans to reduce costs.
“We are not very optimistic, as many overseas authorities have stepped up their monetary tightening policies and the world economy is heading towards divergence,” said Totoki.
This news comes as Sony recently faced backlash over their decision to close the PlayStation Store for older models, a move that would have caused significant inconvenience to many players. However, the company has since revised its stance and will keep the store open after receiving criticism.
Despite the challenges that lie ahead, Sony remains one of the biggest players in the gaming and electronics industries, and their impressive sales and profits are a testament to their continued success. The company will undoubtedly continue to innovate and adapt to changing market conditions, ensuring their continued growth and prosperity.