What are the odds of this ever actually happening, though?
The PlayStation 4 has had an amazingly successful launch, and a lot of this has to do with how well Sony has handled the system, and everything related to it, centering the console, its design, and its policies squarely on core gamers. But an equal lot of this also has to do with how badly the competition fumbled- if the Wii U or the Xbox One were handled as well as the PS4 is, then it’s unlikely that the current console race would be half as one sided as it appears to be right now.
Whatever the reasons, one analyst, who works for Merril Lynch/Bank of America, believes that Sony could actually go ahead and make the console space its exclusive domain.
“Sony has the potential to make the game console market its exclusive territory,” said Eiichi Katayama to The Wall Street Journal (a subscription fee may be needed to view this content).
Yeah, right. That sounds hyperbolic and unlikely in the highest degree. If the all empowering and encompassing PlayStation 2, which had the full support of every single facet of the development community, couldn’t do it, what makes anyone think the Playstation 4 will? I think a lot of people forget how quickly fortunes change in the console industry- the PS2 was great, and then Sony went from that to the PS3, before pulling a comeback, and then releasing a successor with the PS4. Meanwhile, just five years ago, Nintendo was at the top of the world, and unstoppable, and look where they are now.