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Sony: PS4's Success Due In Part To Improved Accessibility

In our opinion, the success of PlayStation 4 is even more impressive than the domination of the PS2.

The system continues to sell well, recently enjoying the biggest Black Friday in Sony's history, and the company says they're still looking to rival or even exceed the performance of the best-selling video game console ever (PS2).

But how did all this happen? Sony has often said they're not entirely sure of the reason(s), but boss Shuhei Yoshida now has a few ideas. In speaking to GameSpot during this past weekend's PlayStation Experience, Yoshida cited several reasons for PS4's great success. First, he said analysts who predicted the new consoles would fail were "clearly wrong," as both PS4 and Xbox One are exceeding their predecessors by a double-digit percentage comparison.

As for PS4, Yoshida said the company's focus "completely shifted" after PS3. Thing is, Sony wanted to build a "super computer" with PS3 but this posed a problem to developers:

"So what we really focused on for PS4 was ease of development and ease of use by consumers and developers. And I think that's paying off really handsomely."

This new accessibility has also attracted lots of indie developers, and that support is "really, really helping." Plus - and Sony has made mention of this before - PS4 has attracted those who never even owned a console last generation:

"We see numbers of people coming back to console. Many people [who own a PS4] didn't used to have any last-gen console, even Nintendo Wii. Those people are coming back."

The last update saw PS4 pass 30 million sold worldwide and with a strong exclusive lineup for 2016 and a price tag that's now the same as Xbox One, the future looks bright.

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

12/7/2015 9:16:00 PM Ben Dutka

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Monday, December 07, 2015 @ 11:45:27 PM

Consumers kinda get it now when they see how simple it is to have access to everything they could possibly want in one system. Folks are coming home. PC gaming continues to be a novelty outlier, the evil storm MS spread across the landscape is passing. Conditions are right.

And now they just unlocked another core so the bastard is even more powerful!

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015 @ 3:13:55 AM

Yeah. Honestly, I think MS played a huge role you in their evil ways. Their epic fail with gamers combined with Sony going back to their roots from the PS2 days, just really boosted the ps4.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015 @ 9:51:14 AM

My own personal distate for MS aside, I think an honest review of how gaming busines was handled in the 360 years would reveal that they gummed up the works and tainted many franchises with their money and the myth of their fanbase.

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Monday, December 07, 2015 @ 11:45:55 PM

I don't think we should compare this gen and last gen with sales in the 1st year. Remember when Xbox and PS3 came out, there weren't any preorder from amazon. You're lucky to even get a hold of anything. PS4 was well stocked and preordered. A double digit increase means very little.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015 @ 10:00:32 AM

I was never an exclusive console buyer as I had more than one brand sitting in my home. That all changed with the 360.

I had the PS3 and 360 last generation and while I did I have to replace my original PS3 eventually, my issues with MS dwarfed that one problem with Sony.

Now? I will only have a PS4 in my house and to be honest, even if a XB1 was given to me I would trade it in for PS4 games.

I went Sony only because of MS, and I bet I am not alone.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015 @ 2:35:19 PM

I can't believe it's been 2 years already.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 6:18:24 PM

First off, their $600 PS3 price tag hurt them big time. Add to it MS's lead, and you see them playing catch up. And quite frankly, they wanted PS3 to be Blu-Ray player that also plays games. They wanted to push out HD for Blu-Ray. In other words, they handled PS3 all wrong. By the time they figured it out, the damage was already done.

Fast Forward to PS4. A more reasonable price, designed for games, and $100 less than MS started off with. Through in MS's gaff with the original X1 plans, and we have a reverse X360/PS3 situation.

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