Sony Corp. this week said the Networked Products and Services division, which includes the Playstation 3 and PSP business, recorded a profit of $492 million in the fourth quarter.

By comparison, the division held a $1.02 billion loss the year prior.

For the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2011, the company sold 14.3 million PS3 units, an increase from 13 million units one year prior.

The PSP handheld sold eight million units, down 1.9 million units one year go.

The company expects to sell 15 million PS3 units, six million PSP units and four million PS2 units in the next fiscal year.

Software sales increased to 46.6 million units, up 2.2 million from one year go.

Sony chief financial officer Masaru Kato told investors that development work is underway to a future platform, explaining a rise in R&D costs in the fiscal year. He added that the next Playstation will not incur the massive development cost of the PS3 hardware, which required the company to build semiconductor facilities.

“[it] is no longer thinkable to have a huge initial financial investment like that of the PS3,” Kato told investors.

The PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle, to be sold May 31, will include the PS3 160GB hardware, a copy of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC Pack, and a Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Sony in May will begin sale of the Limited Edition PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes the PSP-3000 handheld, 2GB Memory Stick Pro, Gran Turismo, and MLB 11 The Show at $199.99.

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