Sony’s PlayStation business profitable, PS3 hardware/software sales up

Thanks to increased software sales and lower hardware production costs, Sony’s Networked Products and Services division, which includes the company’s PlayStation business, turned a profit for fiscal 2010.

Instead of a ¥83.3 billion loss from the previous year, the electronics giant recorded an operating profit of ¥35.6 billion ($435.3m / £266.9m).

PlayStation 3 sales were up year-over-year (14.3 million vs last year’s 13 million), while PSP’s and PS2’s sales went in the other direction: down from 2009’s 9.9 million to 8 million, and from 7.3 million to 6.4 million, respectively.

As for software, the PS3 can boast a considerable YOY increase of 32.3 million (147.9m vs 115.6m). PSP’s game sales were also up, but not by much (46.6m  vs 44.4m). PS2 software took a big tumble from last year’s 35.7 million to 16.4 million.

Sony as a whole still made a considerable loss though, as reported earlier in the week.