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Sony: PS4 Beating Xbox One In 2013 Isn't Overly Important

Everyone's fixated on the PlayStation 4 topping the Xbox One in 2013; 4.2 million sold worldwide vs. 3 million.

But Sony isn't about to toss up the victory symbol and celebrate. They don't even believe that the early lead is anything special; they're more interested in the future success of their product.

During a recent CVG interview with PlayStation marketing vice-president John Koller, we learn that the PS4's current lead is "really not" all that important:

"We look at it really just introspectively. The '4.2 million' number is important because it gets us further towards our goal. And that goal is the largest install base we can possibly get--to encourage publishers and developers to continue to make great game experiences for PS4."

Koller added that of course Sony looks at the competition, but their focus is on "growing, getting bigger and bigger." He said his company believes they've got a "great product" and they simply want to see it in as many homes as possible. Elsewhere in the interview, Koller said the announcement of PlayStation Now doesn't mean Sony is any less invested in the future of physical consoles.

That's good to hear, what with the entire world seemingly going digital right before our very eyes. As for the PS4 vs. Xbox One issue, that's more about a fan war than a corporate war; if the PS4 sells and Sony makes money, we're fairly certain they'll be happy, regardless of what the Xbox One does.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 sales, playstation 4 sales, sony

1/8/2014 11:26:43 AM Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:40:07 AM

That's why Sony has been and continues to be an industry leader, they have a plan for gaming/entertainment and focus on delivering on that plan more than beating the competition. (even though you wanna do that too)

We saw that MS's entire plan was to cause enough damage to be the only one left standing and now they are forced to settle with being an all in one sort of Walmart/grocery store.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 3:35:27 PM

Gullible much? Or you work for Sony. All companies want to beat the competition. Sony's entire E3 showing was based around how the PS4 didn't have the same DRM/always-online (at the the time) policies as the competition.

That being said, sony's mission/vision for the PS4 has been much more consistent than MS's.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 3:44:24 PM

The "entire E3" showing was based around that? Really?

And you have the gall to call somebody "gullible." Step down off that high horse, please.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 1/8/2014 4:47:51 PM

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 4:16:41 PM

That comment was way off.

Sony showed more than just "we don't have DRM". Sony showed the focus on, ummm, games... you know, the most important part of gaming. And yes, it's true that we still don't have a solid first party catalog, but my point is that to say they focused only on the DRM, or the lack thereof, is to ignore the facts.

MS shot themselves on the foot; they caused their own damage.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 5:06:31 PM

I'm basing my assessment on 3 generations of policies toward gamers versus Microsoft's well-known trash the competition practices. Obviously everyone wants to "win" but not everyone actively attempts to destroy their competition, instead they actually compete.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 6:37:25 PM

Couldn't have said it better myself World .

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:56:12 PM

@ World: Agreed. On all accounts!

@TomBradySucks: HAHAHAHAHAHA! "Entire E3!?" More like the last 4 minutes or 3 powerpoint slides. Did you even watch it?

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:15:58 PM

So those high-five's they were giving each other when MS announced the $500 price tag at E3 were just for fun, eh? LOL. It's nice if the console sells well, it's REALLY nice if it outsells the competition.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:10:56 PM

you know that whole E3 thing well Fans Kept asking Sony will PS4 have DRM will PS4 Let you play used games if so how many systems will they work on

how do you not take shots at your competitor when Fans keep asking questions that if you answer truthfully will be taking shots at your competitor

i kinda pictured sony like this if we beat M$ in a console war well have a party if not it doesn't matter as long as we made Devs publishers and gamers happy and we made a profit

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