PS4 exclusive lineup, PlayStation services, sales, and more.
The president of sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House – the branch of Sony that brings us PlayStation- recently had an interview with popular Japanese newspaper Nikkei Shimbun, discussing multiple points of interest. He discussed the PlayStation 4’s staggering sales performance- which, at 18.5 million units sold worldwide within the first year, is completely unexpected, even for Sony.
House confirmed that as of right now, the PS4 is indeed tracking ahead of the PS2 (which sold 10.6 million units in its first year)- a very impressive feat, as the PS2 would later go on to become the highest selling games machine period, till date, with 156 million units sold. That said, House was careful to add that the market has changed, and that he is not committing to the PS4 outdoing the PS2’s lifetime performance just yet.
House did say that for gamers, on the other hand, the PS4 will truly come into its own this year, touting the strength of Sony’s own in house games slated for the console before this year ends, including Bloodborne, The Order 1886, and Uncharted 4.
He also confirmed that while sales and games are two areas where PlayStation has always traditionally been strong, in 2015, he wants PlayStation to address its point of greatest weakness- its services, which even now, after so many years, trail behind the competition’s offerings. Multiple steps will be taken to improve the state of PlayStation services, including investments against future DDoS attacks, as well as making these services exist independently of PlayStation hardware.
All of this sounds great to me, House. Let’s hope that you can indeed follow through on all of this, and have PlayStation deliver a record year.
Thanks, DualShockers for the translation.