Sales are down on Sony/Microsoft because there were zero games launched this quarter this year. Age doesn't reduce software sales, on the contrary software sales usually increase the further into a generation you get.
Last year Far Cry 5 launched just before the quarter started (So week 2 onwards were in Q1) and Crew 2 launched at the end of the quarter. This year nothing, this is why ubisoft sales for Sony/Microsoft are down.
They basically released nothing last year as well. They released The Crew 2 on June 29. That's two days of sales on a game no one cares about.
Software sales are past their peak on PS4 and XB1. That is why profits are down for these platforms. PC revenue is authentically up. Not sure which factor is most important, but it could be one or all of these: 1) Anno 1800 was a PC exclusive. 2) Epic games store is helping PC sales increase. 3) PC doesn't have up/down cycles like consoles do. And again it could be a fairly even mix of the three.
Both 2018 and 2019 Q1 had a distinct lack of games though. That is not the factor.
The Crew 2 sold 275k FW retail on PS4+XBO according to VGC including digital that number would be up to about 357k. Take into account that it wasn't the full first week in the quarter, but the majority of FW sales come from day one, let's be safe and say only 200k out of 357k FW copies of crew 2 were sold in the first 2 days. So that's 10 million Euro's from Crew 2.
Far Cry 5 is ubisofts best selling game of the generation, and launched just 4 days before the quarter started in 2018. It's a massive factor in why 2018 is higher than 2019.
So you're saying Farcry 5 + Crew 2 is the same as nothing? Ok.
Futhermore from the most recent Fiscal release from Sony (Given April 25th)
So software sales on PS4 were higher January-March 2019 than January-March 2018. Sony also forecast higher software sales in FY2019 than FY2018. So there is no basis for your statement that the PS4 is past it's peak in software sales. Like all consoles software sales increase as machines age due to higher install base and more released titles.
Last edited by Barkley - on 19 July 2019
LTD: PS4 - 125m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 51m
2020: PS4 - 9m, Switch - 22.5m, XBO - 2.5m, PS5 - 4.5m, XBX - 2.8m