Unsurprisingly, people have spent a lot of money on video games during the coronavirus pandemic. In its latest financial earnings, Sony reported that 91 million PS4 games were sold during the three-month period leading up to June 30th, 2020. That's an 83 percent increase on the 49.8 million sales it reported for the same quarter last year. First-party exclusives sold impressively well — 18.5 million copies, to be exact — buoyed by Naughty Dog's long-awaited sequel to The Last of Us. Again, that's a massive increase on the 11.7 million first-party titles sold during the same quarter last year.
Many PS4 owners were stuck indoors, so it's no surprise to hear that a whopping 74 percent of games were bought digitally last quarter. In addition, PS Plus -- a subscription service that's required to play PS4 games online -- now stands at 44.9 million members, up from 41.5 million at the end of the last quarter. While software is thriving, hardware continues to dwindle. The company sold 1.9 million PS4 consoles during the three-month period, which is up from the previous quarter (1.4 million) but down 41 percent on the same quarter last year (3.2 million). The ageing system will soon be replaced by the PS5, which is still slated to come out this holiday season.