Honestly, Did Everyone Really Expect PS4 To Do This Well?
Being a long-time PlayStation fan and a staunch realist, I hoped Sony's new console would sell exceedingly well, but I didn't count on it.
Be honest now. Did you?
According to the latest financial report, PlayStation 4 has now shipped 22.3 million units globally, and they expect to sell 16 million between now and the end of April 2016. That would bring the total to what, about 38 million sold in the span of two and a half years? I mean, really? By comparison, PS3 needed three and a half years to hit 36 million. Xbox 360 ruled the domestic charts throughout most of the previous generation, even if PS3 eventually caught up to and passed the 360 in the overall global tally (though not by much).
I know the hype for PS4 was hugely positive. I remember it well and I recall being very encouraged with everything I saw, heard, and read. It really sounded like Sony had learned from their mistakes - let's face it; the PS3 launch was a freakin' travesty - and they'd taken all the necessary steps to make the PS4 a success. Even so, they'd have to go head-to-head with Microsoft's new console in November 2013. Despite the negative PR that was floating around for Xbox One that year, it was still a daunting prospect. Xbox was still king in North America.
Now, here we sit and the PS4 is obviously winning. Furthermore, it's winning without having a large assortment of top-tier exclusives; typically the brand's bread-and-butter. We just got Bloodborne but aside from that, we haven't seen much. And yet, PS4 continues to sell and sell. If you had told me the PS4 would be doing this well in the new generation and without the aid of killer exclusive apps, I'd have laughed. And I think most would've responded the same way.
Gotta be pleased with how things are going, though. ;)
4/30/2015 9:36:00 PM Ben Dutka