Alongside the manufacturing and sales of professional and consumer electronic devices, the Sony enterprise also comprises a music division, a motion picture film segment, as well as a financial service segment. Sony’s biggest segment is its Game and Network Services with around 14 billion U.S. dollars in annual revenue. In 2016, Sony/Columbia grossed around 911 million U.S. dollars in box office revenue in the U.S and Canada alone. As of 2016, the Sony Group employed about 125 thousand people with the majority of these employees located in Japan.
Sony also produces a widely popular line of home video game consoles under the gaming brand PlayStation. The combined lifetime sales of all PlayStation generations are estimated at about 480 million units as of 2016. In 2016 alone, Sony sold 20 million units of its PlayStation 4 gaming console. Its two main competitors in the gaming market are Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox.
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