In February, Sony unveiled it sold the PlayStation 5 at a loss – but that will soon change. The PS5 should break even in June and turn profitable in the same month, according to earnings a presentation that the company shared with investors (PDF) during its Corporate Strategy Meeting today.
Needless to say, that is moving quickly – it will happen before the company has been able to catch up with demand amid a global chip shortage. (We just lamented the unnecessary drama of buying a PS5!)
Mind you, this is for the standard PS5, the one where Sony has to provide a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and pay a whopping $ 8 per console in licensing fees, and charge you an extra $ 100 at the store. It’s not clear whether Sony’s running PS5 Digital Edition is more or less profitable.
Profitability isn’t the only intriguing revelation in Sony’s presentation, however. Buried in the filing is the excellent news that an incredible game is coming to PC – the previously exclusive PS4 / PS5 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, a blockbuster action game we loved enough to write spoiler-free as well as multiple spoiler-iffic reviews.
Sony had previously promised that more exclusive PlayStation products would come to PC, and Sony’s presentation makes it clear why the company is interested. See that little “ROI 250% +“Note? If I read correctly, it means the dubious PC port of Horizon: Zero Dawn still managed to make it more than double the money that Sony has invested in bringing it to game consoles.
I very much wonder about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Sony’s announcements of Demon’s Souls and Final Fantasy XVI.
Oh, by the way: it looks like Sony just confirmed that God of War: Ragnarok is the official name of that upcoming game! However, it could be a mistake or a juxtaposition of two vaguely related logos.