PS5, Xbox Series, Meta Quest 2… This week’s trade news

Business news PS5, Xbox Series, Meta Quest 2… This week’s trade news

Sales figures, studio purchases, financials, developer transfer window, investments… If these topics interest you, you’ve come to the right place. We bring you an update on business news for the past week.

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  • Sony reveals its balance sheet and PS5 sales
  • Xbox: New Annual Sales Record
  • Capcom is on its way to another year of growth
  • The price of Meta Quest 2 will increase by 100 euros
  • Briefly in this week’s business news

Sony reveals its balance sheet and PS5 sales

Sony published its results for the period April-June 2022. Poor quarter in new major releases, so much so that they ‘only’ lapsed 47.1 million PlayStation games (including 6.4 million PlayStation Studios games), compared to 63.6 million (including 10.5 million PlayStation Studios games) in the same quarter last year, which benefited from the releases of Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Returnal, or even MLB The Show 22. Physical sales are also down, accounting for just 21% of game sales (compared to 29% the year before) for 122 million euros generated, compared to 734 million for digital sales and 1.36 billion for micro-transactions. Only one category is rising: subscriptions which have reached 784 million euros. PlayStation Plus had 47.3 million subscribers at the end of June (an increase of 2%), immediately after the launch of the new version, for the 102 million active users on PlayStation Network (down 3%).

Regarding PS5, Sony sold 2.4 million copies between April and June 2022. This is in line with the same quarter in 2021 (2.3 million), but the console remains behind the PS4 which was 2.9 million in the same phase of its existence. So there was a file A total of 21.7 million PS5 distributed worldwide as of June 30, 2022, compared to 25.3 million PS4 at the same stage. The manufacturer aims to distribute 18 million PS5s over the entire fiscal year, or another 15.6 million between July 2022 and March 2023.

Xbox: New Annual Sales Record

PS5, Xbox Series, Meta Quest 2... This week's trade news

Microsoft unveiled a file Results For the quarter ending June 30, 2022, which corresponds to the end of its fiscal year. The video game subsidiary of the American giant recorded a turnover of 3.4 billion euros, down 7% compared to the same quarter a year earlier, in line with its forecast. Don’t stay any less The second best performance for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. The release indicates that game and content sales are down 6% due to lower engagement and monetization across first and third-party games, which is “Partially compensated” by one Another increase in the number of Game Pass subscribers. The new number was not revealed, remember that there were 25 million subscribers in the month of January.

In hardware, revenue from console sales fell 11%. Once again, it has not been revealed how many Xbox Series consoles are distributed worldwide. On the other hand, CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that they continue to sell better at this point than any previous generation of Xbox consoles. As he claimed it Xbox Series leads PS5 in the number of consoles sold in North America from October 2021 to June 2022.

Over the entire fiscal year (July 2021 to June 2022), Xbox sales reached a new record of €16 billioncompared to 15.3 billion in the previous fiscal year. The 2022-2023 fiscal year should do better up front, as the Activision Blizzard acquisition is scheduled to be completed before June 2023.

PS5, Xbox Series, Meta Quest 2... This week's trade news

Capcom has unveiled a device Results For the first quarter of its fiscal year, i.e. from April to June 2022. Not surprisingly, the numbers don’t compare to those of Spring 2021, when giants Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil Village were released respectively. The Japanese company has the same thing 11.7 million games sold between April and JuneCompared to 13.3 million in the same quarter last year. The Sunbreak expansion of Monster Hunter Rise was released on June 30, and it reached 2 million sales in just one week (over 3 million now), while the base game has crossed 10 million.

a period business volume Operating profit net profit
From April to June 2022 181 million euros 86 million euros 64 million euros
From April to June 2021 347 million euros 169 million euros 171 million euros

The most interesting thing about this report is that Capcom reaffirms its guidance for the fiscal year from April 2022 to March 2023, another record year. The company expects sales of 867 million euros, operating profit of 347 million euros and net profit of 249 million euros. If the goal is successful, he will score The tenth consecutive year of growthwhich can especially count on the release of Resident Evil 4 remake on March 24, 2023. We can also imagine that to achieve such results, Capcom plans to release at least one other major game in early 2023, such as Exoprimal or Street Fighter 6, Both have been officially announced for 2023 but with no specific date yet.

PS5, Xbox Series, Meta Quest 2... This week's trade news

Two years after its release, the VR Quest 2 headset from Meta (ex Oculus/Facebook) will soon change its price…but not in the way we had hoped. As of August 2022, The price will be inflated by €100 for the two models available. So it will be necessary to count €449.99 for the 128GB version and €549.99 for the 256GB model. To sweeten the pill, Meta will give away a Beat Saber to those who purchase the headset between August 1 and December 31, 2022.

This is a somewhat unexpected announcement, price increases are extremely rare in the video game industry. But as you probably know, the industry has been moving around in a certain context for several months, with strong raw material price inflation. “The cost of manufacturing our products has increased”Meta says in his book, communication. It is worth noting that when it was released in October 2020, the price offered by the Quest 2 (349.99 euros) was very aggressive and unprecedented for a VR headset of this caliber. “Even with these price changes, the Meta Quest 2 remains the most affordable VR headset on the market, and we continue to invest to bring new features and software titles to the platform to expand the kinds of experiences people can live with with the Meta Mission 2.”Meta explains.

PS5, Xbox Series, Meta Quest 2... This week's trade news

The Company considers this rate increase to be necessary “Continue to invest in research and development of groundbreaking new products that will take the virtual reality industry to new heights.”. An industry that’s doing well, too, with spending on the Meta Quest surpassing $1 billion at the start of the year.

In contrast, the Meta Reality Labs division, of which virtual reality is a part, lost $4.5 billion in 2019, then $6.6 billion in 2020 and $10.1 billion in 2021, before starting 2022 with another $3 billion loss in the quarter. the first. The losses the company attributes to its investment to build the famous metaverse that is on everyone’s lips for tech companies.

In its press release, Meta mentions that it has a file ‘Ambitious roadmap’ In terms of virtual reality, starting with a new stand-alone VR headset codenamed Project Cambria. “And we plan to launch new generations of Meta Quest after that.”Can we read too?

Briefly in this week’s business news

  • Launched on June 2nd on PC, iOS and Android for free, Diablo Immortal has been downloaded over 20 million times worldwide.
  • Wizards of the Coast (Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons) has announced the opening of a new studio, Skeleton Key, based in Austin (Texas, USA). It is put under the direction of Christian Dailey, a veteran (20 years of experience) who has been passed on by BioWare, Blizzard, Electronic Arts or Pandemic Studios.

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