Sony's latest quarterly financial report is exactly what you'd expect from a console manufacturer at the end of a generation: flat sales, but big fat research and development bills to pay.
Oh, and they're still a bit embarrassed about the Vita.
Sony’s PlayStation division (the bit we're interested in) clocked$1.2 billion in sales for the three months ending June 30th, a very slight decrease year on year compared to 2012. It's a relatively pleasing figure considering generational malaise, but naturally, developing the PlayStation 4 hasn't come cheap. Compared to a ¥3.5 billion loss in Q1 2012, this year sees Sony facing a ¥14.8 billion ($149 million) deficit - a 322% increase or decrease depending on how you look at it. Arguably nothing to be worried about - just the cost of doing business.
Once again, Sony has decided not to reveal sales data for the Vita, instead publishing combined figures for both Vita and PSP. The number in question is 0.6 million units worldwide, which isn't exactly stellar. Sony's handheld desperately needs an injection of quality first-party exclusives to build on its small yet mighty existing library, though will likely receive some serious attention as a PS4 companion device.
In terms of projections, Sony naturally expects the PlayStation 4 to bring home the bacon, but warns that manufacturing and publishing with put a major dent in the bottom line. We'll see what happens this holiday season.