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PS4 Keeps Winning, And Without The Help Of AAA Exclusives

After the NPD released the February results, Sony provided the press with a statement.

PlayStation 4 appears to have topped the hardware list in North America yet again, but perhaps of even greater importance is the continued growth of the new console.

Did you know that in terms of growth, PS4 is the fastest in PlayStation history?

"Demand for PlayStation 4 remains incredibly strong in the U.S. as it was #1 in hardware and software sales in February according to the latest NPD report. PS4 remains the cumulative leader in hardware sales with more than 20.2 million units sold to consumers worldwide demonstrating the fastest growth in PlayStation hardware history."

I guess I'm just surprised that all this is happening without the assistance of a AAA exclusive. I mean, as much as I've enjoyed games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son, and The Order: 1886, I'm not sure PS4 has seen a true-blue AAA exclusive just yet. Maybe we'll get it with Bloodborne but really, perhaps it doesn't matter. Sony has already sold well over 20 million units worldwide without the benefit of a hard-hitting Uncharted, Gran Turismo, or God of War.

They continue to beat Xbox One even with a more expensive price tag for PS4, which is just plain mind-boggling. Remember when PS3 was $200 more expensive than Xbox 360? Even great early exclusives like Warhawk and Heavenly Sword weren't enough. That was just disastrous. And while a $50 difference is a lot bigger than $200, we're still looking at a system that doesn't have that much to offer from an exclusive standpoint. So, why do you think Sony keeps beating Microsoft this generation?

Tags: ps4 sales, playstation 4 sales, next generation, ps4 exclusives

3/12/2015 9:57:48 PM Ben Dutka

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 10:20:07 PM
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The gaming industry has never been bigger. Perhaps I'm being completely nostalgic but I don't care for how popular and mass marketed videogames have become.

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Draguss
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 10:40:12 PM
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Well for one thing, bad press doesn't just go away so easily. Sure people aren't talking about it as loudly as they did when the Xbox one was first announced, but the scar's still there. Last gen MS did a pretty decent job at marketing while sony may as well have said each console came with a box of pigeon crap. And how long did the "PS3 has no games" thing haunt the console long after it stopped being true?

There's also the matter of momentum. Last gen in the US, if you wanted to play with your friends, you likely needed a 360, so you got one and if others wanted to play with you they'd need one too. Now the PS4 has that spot thanks to the early lead.

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slow and smart
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 6:51:07 AM

"There's also the matter of momentum. Last gen in the US, if you wanted to play with your friends, you likely needed a 360, so you got one and if others wanted to play with you they'd need one too. Now the PS4 has that spot thanks to the early lead"
I agree,
also,game after game has a better resolution on the ps4,that's again and again good "advertising".

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Tim Speed24
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 6:04:58 PM

^^^^^

Thats what I was thinking. The Xbox 360 sold very well without really a lot of exclusives last gen.

Remember the Wii sold millions with only a couple of good games and to be honest I think Wii sports was the best to showcase Wii waggling.

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shaytoon
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 10:53:00 PM
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maybe the people that turned their backs on the ps3 for xb360, theyre coming back home?

also ps4 is a nicer looking system than xbo. xbo looks like xb360 2

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Lord carlos
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:28:55 AM

More like a mid 80's CD player

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 11:07:58 PM
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I think it's the effect of some chickens coming home to roost. Other than the people who jumped Xbox ship when they announced those crazy DRM plans we now have people who won't admit it but were wrong to buy 17 Xboxes last generation.

Plus you've got every multiplat running better in the huge resolution/fps debate, the utter collapse of Microsoft's attempt to even pretend to have game studios, and MS giving up hope everywhere but in the US and the war is just going well for Sony.

Could also be new people grown up from the Wii.


This just all makes having Tomb Raider 2 on Xbox first so mind numbingly stupid.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 11:17:24 PM

Well it's Uncharted 1.5 so it sorta makes sense.

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Lord carlos
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:11:12 AM

I finished Tomb raider 2013 on hard using my nose,tongue and 2 left feet.
NOT A TOMB RAIDER GAME...let them have it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 9:24:45 AM

So? I beat Uncharted 2 with my scrotum wrinkles.

I liiiiiike the new Tomb Lara!

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Crabba
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 6:41:11 PM

"So? I beat Uncharted 2 with my scrotum wrinkles."

Video or it didn't happen!

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Breadlover
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 11:27:13 PM
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Sony = quality and quantity in one package. And I mean that for the whole library and suite of services that Sony platforms provide.

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Corvo
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 11:36:49 PM
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Love how Sony brags about this now. After the stuff they dealt with regarding the PS3 for a long time, its well warranted.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 2:34:59 AM

Well MS was allowed to brag about the Xbox 360 outselling ps3 in the US for years... Didn't hear anyone complaining about it then

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FAREEZ
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 11:39:50 PM
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Who doesn't want powerful console with cheaper price tag right? And Multiplatform also run better on ps4, well that looks like a big win...

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Lord carlos
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:18:27 AM

Whaa thiss
Get back i say BACK IN CAVE
SNAP CRACK

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FAREEZ
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:40:04 AM

Da f**k dude? Period or something?

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Lord carlos
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:56:00 AM

Grammar police
you forgot an 'a'
I sentence you to 2 months in the hole or cave.
And i've been drinking on the job...sue me.
Ps i'm a lord not a lady,don't get fullstops.

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DemonNeno
Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 11:51:23 PM
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Does that mean they can chalk a little credit to The Order..?

I mean the numbers are a good indication of what's dominant. That said, it matters more so in the sense that it's dominance that gets the favoritism from developers (or tries to). It doesn't matter to the average consumer. They ask stuff like "can we make porn with our Playstation Camera?".

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Lord carlos
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 12:14:14 AM
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People tend to remember when their consoles explode and burn their houses down.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 1:23:44 AM

Penetrate me, please.

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Lord carlos
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 1:51:57 AM

fortunately i've been blessed by the god priapus :)

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Banky A
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 7:32:38 PM

Omg haha.

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Temjin001
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 1:50:54 AM
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When I think of the prospect of consoles going totally digital streaming in the future it just doesn't seem likely at all anytime soon.
It's not like Netflix where servers dispatch a bit stream of data from a hard drive. No there's tons of realtime processing to be done. Realtime processing that's better localized to one's home.
To think that Sony would have to field like 20 million internal units, and counting, at a time to stream games for everyone is just unrealistic. And those 20 million wouldn't come paid for by the consumer with a $400 buy in. The upfront investment on Sony's part would be insane.



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Breadlover
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 3:11:13 AM

but... but Temjin... it's already happening xD SharePlay, Playstation Now, Twitch.. the tech is there. Sony's upfront investment = acquisition of Gaikai along with it's (then) revolutionary streaming tech and resources.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 9:25:44 AM

I don't like the idea of a network maintenance or down time or hack or outage meaning I can't play my games.

Hard discs 4 lyfe

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___________
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 4:57:17 AM
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reassons are obvious.
firstly M$ royally f*cked the announcement and marketing of the xbox one.
announcing leading with the always online policy, and being do mum not commenting or clarafying ANYHTHING reslly scared people away.
they should of at least come out and said ok heres ho0w it will work, but they didnt they refused to say boo about anything and that really scared people.

secondly they look to the past, $ony always has had the most exclusives because of their massive first party studio library.
it wont be long till they wake up and smell the cheese though, especially with uncharted 4 being delayed into next year and really nothing to look forward to after bloodborne releases this month and thats not everyones cup of tea, hell ill be surprised if it sells over 1M units!

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 7:34:28 AM
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yeah well i guess the only conslusion that you can drawn is that everyone thinks the ps4 is the best place to play courtesy of sonys ps4 marketing campign seems to have done its job and that everything for the most part apart from the exclusives is in its favour not to mention alot of momentium

happy gaming

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Underdog15
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 8:20:29 AM
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XB1 also committed a marketing faux pas by devaluing their system. It's basic business to increase value before reducing price. It's also important when reducing price to also remove a feature of some kind, even if it's tiny, so that there's a reason for the decrease.

You can't tell the market, "It just isn't worth as much money as we told you."

To see this done well, look at the history and timing of PS2 and PS3 price drops. Both are done very well.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 9:46:47 AM
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This may be good news in one way, but it is still sad to see the Playstation have no identity in the industry other than being the best place for multi-platforms due to better hardware - Which admittedly is why I still have a PS4 over Xbox One, had it been the other way, heck I might of jumped to Xbox, there is no chance I could accept a compromised experience on games like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain or Final Fantasy XV.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 10:23:07 AM
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I can't wait for The Order sales figures.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 1:31:15 PM

Walked into GAME (Our main UK gaming retail store) and it's still #1 on the sales list.

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Aranha
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 1:27:10 PM
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Along with all the above comments and reasons of:
XB1 DRM fiasco
XB360 RROD and multiple purchases
PS4 online network for multiplayer from onset
PS4 having better multiplatform games
PS4 being a better quality system
Sony having better exclusives
The 'PS3 had no games' while the PS4 does syndrome
Former Xbox fans switching camps
Wii users 'growing up'
etc.

People are also buying more PS4s because when the PS3 released, not only was it $200 more, but it was during a time when the economy was 'bad' and people were afraid to spend. As it's been said, this is almost a perfect storm for Sony again (minus the true AAA exclusives), where the market permits people to purchase, spend, and splurge, the system is more affordable, therefore allowing people to purchase it on a whim practically, without thinking of it as such a large investment as in the previous generation.

Also, everything is familiar territory: HD is known and being improved upon, online gaming is mainstream, and Blu-ray is almost 10 years old. In many ways, Sony has played it safe while branching out in other areas, but people feel good about something they know and understand, while it still being something better than what they had before. So the PS4 seems like the ideal system right now, even at $50 more.

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Iconoclasm
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 3:24:05 PM
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You guys are forgetting the fact that even a 9 or 10 year old can and will tell you that the PS4 has better specs and in everyone's mind.... better specs = better and bigger games and of course longevity.

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Axe99
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 3:44:03 PM
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There's all the obvious one's everyone's mentioned (better specs, momentum, being burned by the X360), but I've also heard from folks that the PS4 UI is pretty slick if gaming is your focus relative the the X1, which might not help.

Personally, though, I suspect momentum and the hangover from last gen is the big 'un.

Given those factors, $50 isn't a huge amount, and while it's more, it's also slightly better so there's a reason for it to be more (unlike the XB1, which was a good deal more but worse unless you were into Kinect).

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Deathb4Dishonor
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 11:13:59 PM
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As happy as I am for Sony for selling that many units without any real AAA titles being released, I hope this doesn't inflate their heads and hope they continue to try and release new IPS and exclusives as aggressively as they did last Gen with the PS3

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Nestore
Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 12:27:12 AM
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Most people buy PS4 because it's a great system for a whole bunch of mostly cross platform games. XBO has been pricier, it's bulkier hardware, and generally runs at lower fidelity visuals. WiiU has a few gem exclusives, but it's a poor system for most cross platform games. PC has a fanatical niche, but almost no one wants to buy classic tower computers, most prefer Macbooks for work/school which can run some games, but it's really not as good for many types of games as a PS4.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 4:37:22 AM
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Maybe when Xbox One upgrades to the next version of DirectX and has 10x the graphics performance, it'll do better? Or have ignorant Xbox fans quit making that ridiculous argument?

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