You know it, we know it: times are tough. And Sony, Sony definitely know it, with the company's freshly-released quarterly report highlighting declining sales for both the PS3 and PSP.
But good news first! In the first quarter of the 2008 fiscal year, Sony sold 1.5 million PlayStation 2 consoles worldwide. In Q1 2009? That number was up to 1.6 million! Nice to see a $US99 price-point having an effect.
Things weren't so rosy for the PS3 and PSP, however. PS3 sales were down from 1.6 million in Q108 to 1.1 million in Q109, while PSP sales were... well, abysmal. Down from 3.7 million to just 1.3 million. Those numbers were so poor, in fact, that Sony singled the handheld out as a key contributor to a record loss in operating income for Sony's Networked Products & Services Group, which saw the division lose ¥39.7 billion.
For Sony, that PSPgo (and PS3 Slim, for that matter) can't come soon enough.