TOKYO May 26 Sony Corp aims to expand
sales of its PlayStation 4 games console as the key driver of
its fast-growing network and streaming services business, Chief
Executive Kazuo Hirai said on Monday.
Hirai said gaming was the one area where Sony would chase
higher unit sales even as it puts profitability ahead of sales
volumes across the rest of its electronics division, where
losses from TVs and other devices have pushed it into the red.
While the company is forecasting growth for the troubled TV
unit, which notched up a tenth straight year of losses in the
year ended on March 31, Hirai said it would be able to make a
profit even if sales were flat with last year.
Hirai also said at a meeting with reporters that network
services, which offer streamed games, music and movies, would be
an important driver of growth across Sony's product categories.
The business made 200 billion yen ($1.96 billion) in 2013/14.
($1 = 101.8250 Japanese Yen)
(Reporting by Reiji Murai and Sophie Knight; Editing by Edmund