May 27, 2021 - Technology

Women are buying more PlayStations

Picture of a presentation from Playstation
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony revealed during a presentation to media and investors on Wednesday that 41% of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners are girls or women, up from 18% for the late '90s launch of the original PlayStation.

Why it matters: Games aren't just a guy thing and haven't been for a long time.

  • Sony PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said the increase in female ownership has been "assisted by the growing diversity in our industry's workforce and by a growing catalogue of iconic female characters."

That updated demographic information was part of a bullish Sony-spanning presentation designed to delight investors.

Other PlayStation highlights from the event:

  • The $500 PS5 standard edition will break even for Sony in June, Ryan said, a stunning revelation given the industry standard proposition that consoles are sold at a loss and profit is made from game sales.
  • More PlayStation games are coming to PC, and a slide on the topic showed an "Uncharted 4" logo, signaling an otherwise unannounced PC port.
  • PS5 owners used their systems an average 51.5 hours in March, up from 34.6 hours per user in 2014 during the PS4's first March.
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