Sony has completed the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018 and published its quarterly report. In addition to some facts about the current state of the company Sony confirms that the PlayStation 5 will not appear in the current fiscal year. Accordingly, a release will be scheduled for March 2020.
PlayStation 5 no longer in 2019
In a report of the magazine Wired PlayStation architect Mark Cerny has already released a lot of information about the next PlayStation, which was confirmed in a tweet by AMD boss Lisa Su. Cerny did not expect a release in 2019 and speculated on a production start in the third quarter of 2020. This is now officially confirmed by Sony and precludes publication in the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2020. However, when the console will appear exactly, remains open. A release about the important Christmas business 2020 seems likely.
Previously, Sony wants to focus on the development of first-party titles for the new console. So the company plans to invest 31.1 billion yen (250 million euros) to finance these titles. This financial framework will most likely include a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, as suggested by voice actress Janina Gavankar. Also, another title of the God of War series could be in the sum. Kotaku editor Jason Schreier confirmed in advance that work will be done on a sequel.
More service subscribers and PlayStation 4 sales
By the end of the quarter, PlayStation 4's worldwide sales reached 96.8 million units. Of this, 2.6 million were sold in the past quarter; 100,000 more than last year. Sony sold 17.8 million units in 2018, exceeding its own expectations of 17.5 million units. In the coming year, Sony wants to distribute 16 million units, thus lowering its expectations.
The number of subscribers to Sony's PlayStation Plus service is also rising steadily. So now 36.4 million people worldwide have subscribed to the service; 2.2 million more than last year. Sony has also confirmed that PlayStation Now currently has 700,000 subscribers, which is 40 percent growth from last year.