More third-quarter earnings reports are in, and Sony's reflects a rise in PS3 hardware and software .
In the three months that ended December 31, 2011, Sony sold 6.5 million PS3 units, which is up 2.8 million over the previous quarter and a slight rise of 200,000 in a year-over-year comparison.
Software sales were also up, as the total hit 66.2 million, a significant increase of 28.8 million compared to the previous quarter, and 8.6 million more than the same period last year. On the downside, the PSP and PS2 continue their decline: PSP hardware fell from 3.6 million to 2.4 million and software dropped from 16.5 million to 11.4 million. The PS2 slowed as well, falling from 2.1 million units sold to 900,000, and software going from 5.3 million to 2.5 million.
Of course, the fact that the PS2 is still selling millions of copies of games in a quarter 11 years after it released is pretty incredible. Just an observation. Anyway, Sony's Consumer Products & Services division (which includes the PlayStation brand along with TVs, home audio, cameras, and personal electronics), posted an operating loss of 85.7 billion yen (about $1.1 billion), which is a bigger loss than the 63.5 million yen ($834.1 million) the division lost in Q3 last year.
Overall for the company, sales were down 17.4% year-over-year, and Sony attributes this decline mostly to the impact of the October 2011 Thailand floods, along with a deterioration in market conditions.