Who knew that being caught inside for months on finish whereas residing in a world of uncertainty would lead to more video games being purchased? What an idea. The latest Sony financial earnings report is out and is giving us regular of us our first take a look at totally pandemic-laced gross sales numbers from the PlayStation camp. Unsurprisingly, the first-quarter numbers for 2020 (ending June 30th) present that PS4 recreation gross sales numbers noticed a rise by double over earlier numbers, exhibiting that gaming within the age of the coronavirus pandemic is nice for enterprise. The numbers reveal a bevy of particulars in regards to the nature of Sony’s recreation gross sales enterprise for the time being, together with that digital gross sales are skyrocketing and there’s a reasonably good cause as to why a digital version of the PlayStation 5 goes to exist.

According to the Sony report, 91 million PS4 video games have been offered in the course of the three-month lead-in interval of April 1 to June 30, in contrast to 49.eight million gross sales reported at this similar time final yr. That quantity is thanks partially to first-party releases resembling The Last of Us Part II, which led to over 18.5 million Sony revealed video games offered (which doesn’t embrace Ghost of Tsushima. The Sucker Punch title launched after this reporting interval and will likely be factored into Q2 numbers). To examine, 11 million first-party video games have been offered in Q1 this time final yr.

The extra spectacular quantity is the rise in complete digital gross sales, going up by over seventy % from digital gross sales final yr. This goes together with a rise in PlayStation Plus subscribers, now sitting at 44.9 million–nearly a 3 million subscriber enhance from Q1 2019. This is all a really promising lead-in to the vacations and the looming specter of the PlayStation 5, which is able to absolutely have a renewed concentrate on digital launch video games given one of many fashions being digital-only.

Is Sony proper to double down on the digital revolution? It doesn’t seem anybody within the United States goes wherever anytime quickly thanks to a continued upwards traits in an infection charges, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout the nation, and worldwide, there are nonetheless plenty of considerations surrounding the pandemic. Originally checked out with raised eyebrows, the digital version PS5 may find yourself being a superb opening salvo to the subsequent era of gaming—value dependent—particularly if these numbers proceed to go up and crush earlier information.