Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.
But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.
Specifically, the April-June PlayStation financials reveal that 3.5 million PlayStation consoles (PS3 and PS4) were shipped to retailers during the period. Even though Sony are still in the annoying habit of lumping console sales together (now even including PS Vita, PS TV and PSP sales in the same 0.75 million unit bracket, oh dear), this is a phenomenal performance in what is usually one of the slowest parts of the year. Console sales, along with software purchases and PlayStation Plus subscriptions, mean that games revenue skyrocketed 96% year on year.
Not difficult, since gamers were awaiting the 'next-gen' consoles this time last year, but the bottom line is that Sony's bottom line shot up from a £97m loss to a £25.5m profit.
These figures are even more impressive when compared to Microsoft's Xbox numbers during the same period. Their investor report confirmed that 1.1 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles were shipped, meaning that given the most generous estimate, Sony's PlayStation family outsold the Xbox brand by a factor of 3. Even after the decoupling of Kinect and some superb games on the horizon, it's clear that Microsoft still has some serious catching up to do following what can only be described as a shambolic false start.
Sound off: which new-gen console did you buy, or are you still sitting comfortably on the fence? What will Sony and Microsoft need to do to tempt you into a purchase or tear you away of your beefy rig? Are you bored of reading about sales figures as opposed to videogames, or would you like me to really dig into the details? Let us know in the comments!