We already know that Sony has sold 2.1 million Playstation 4s, but how many can we expect to be sold in its lifetime? There are so many variables at play here, but Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House believes the PS4 will surpass the PS3 in sales.
Speaking to MCV, House believes that PS4 has the opportunity to significantly exceed the 80 million sales of the PS3 for a few reasons:
We start off with a price point that is much more consumer friendly than was there for the PS3.
Also, one of the success stories for the business as a whole has been our ability to open up new geographies for video games over the last five years. You are seeing opportunities for new markets that we haven’t tapped into.
The other point is that we took several years to take PS3 from being a dual function device to a multi-functional entertainment device. PS4 arrives with a full suite of those non-game entertainment services right from day one.
PS3 and Xbox 360 have each sold about 80 million units worldwide, while the PS2 sold 150 million consoles. Sony clearly hopes to repeat the success of that generation. They are off to a great start, but it remains to be seen if they can carry that momentum through the entire life cycle. Plus, considering the rate at which new technology emerges, the life expectancy of this generation of consoles may not be as long as some are saying.
I wonder if Sony can ever match the success of the PS2. It was a great console, at the right time, that clearly dominated the market. Now, gamers and non-gamers consume their media in a variety of ways – it will take a lot of work for this generation of consoles to achieve that same degree of market penetration. Perhaps Sony and/or Microsoft will manage it in this generation, but I’m not sure that they have done enough to make those other than existing fanboys feel the need to go out and spend that big pile of money on these consoles.
Last Updated: December 6, 2013