Sony Investor Relations Highlights

Sony Corp held they Investor Relations Day 2019 earlier today and revealed new information about the future of PlayStation and how the brand is performing. Here’s the rundown:

  • PlayStation Network has over 96 million monthly active users
  • 90% of all PS4’s have connected in the last 12 months (it wasn’t specified as to what this meant)
  • PS4 users averaged 21 hours a week of usage in the 2018 Financial Year
  • Average lifetime device spend is over $700
  • Average launch year lifetime device spend is over $1600
  • Sony still believes in console generations
  • Backwards compatibility is part of next generation plans
  • SIE want to improve relationships with third party developers and publishers
  • Next Gen hardware will support 8K, 3D Audio, SSD, Ray Tracing and faster load times
  • PS4 will continue to play a vital role over the next three years, AAA exclusives will still release on the PS4 and there’s still unannounced exclusives for the platform
  • Streaming will be a vital part of the next generation plans
  • PS Now has over 700,000 subscribers and over 170 publishers support the service. Sony want to expand it to other devices
  • Both physical and digital sales are a key part for next gen
  • Remote Play has over 5.6 million active users
  • SIE are investing in their 13 current worldwide studios
  • Plans to expand via acquisitions and expansion of current studios
  • SIE want to develop games with post launch revenue streams

Details on their next generation hardware release date, pricing, country rollout plans and games will all be revealed at a later date. Sony also showcased the load time difference between the PlayStation 4 Pro and next gen hardware, the video was previously show by Mark Cerny in an interview with Wired. The PS4 Pro takes 8.10 seconds to load into Spider-Man whilst the next generation hardware does it in 0.83 seconds.

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