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