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Sony shipped 3.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the fiscal period spanning 1st April through 30th June, meaning that the system has now hit a grand total of 82.2 million units since its launch almost five years ago. That puts it close to the PlayStation 3’s last ever reported number of 83.3 million – a figure which it will surely eclipse imminently.

The console is actually down 100,000 units year-over-year, but that makes sense given the device’s age. The company is feeling bullish for the remainder of the business year, however, as it’s actually increased the device’s shipment forecast to 17 million, up from 16 million. This could potentially hint at aggressive price promotions during the holidays.

PlayStation was far-and-away Sony’s most profitable division during the quarter, racking up ¥83.5 billion (~$748 million) in profit, boosted by strong software sales. The company as a whole is doing really well these days, however, with only its movie and mobile businesses registering a loss, as the firm posted profits of ¥195 billion (~$1.7 billion) overall.

[via sony.net, gematsu.com, dualshockers.com]