Sony's financials for Q2 of 2023 are here, and the report illuminates that physical games are a drop in the bucket for PlayStation these days. Sony Interactive Entertainment had a record-breaking second quarter in terms of revenue, pulling in ¥954.1 billion — up 32.38 per cent year-on-year. Of that total, physical games accounts for about ¥35.5 billion, which comes out to roughly four per cent. For comparison's sake, digital sales of full games on PS Store represents 21 per cent of total revenue.
This actually isn't an unusually low stat; physical games have been a small percentage of PlayStation's revenue stream for a good while now. However, what's interesting about it is that, in this record-breaking Q2, physical games is the only sales category that has decreased year-on-year. By that same measure, all other areas saw significant growth.
Zooming in on PlayStation's physical/digital sales split (which looks at units sold rather than cash), just over two thirds (67 per cent) of software sales were digital in Q2 2023. This is a slight increase year-on-year, but down compared to Q1 2023.
There's obviously still a market for physical games, albeit a small one. ¥35.5 billion isn't nothing, of course, but the main source of sales has definitely shifted, if it wasn't already clear. Anyway, do you still prefer buying your PlayStation games on disc? Is your collection digital only these days? Discuss in the comments section below.