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PS4 Pre-Orders "Much, Much Higher" Than Past PS Platforms

Sony intends to ship at least 5 million PlayStation 4 units by the end of the company's fiscal year (March 31, 2014).

Is that an unrealistic milestone? Sony doesn't think so; in fact, they're pretty confident about the prediction, as there have been plenty of pre-orders and there's "strong support" from third-party developers. During a recent earnings call, Sony CFO Masaru Kato made a case for the 5 million estimation:

"When we listen to consumers, when we listen to our retail partners and third-parties, one measure of our confidence is in the preorders that we have received from consumers. I can't give a number. But compared to past platforms, the pre-orders that we have received for this new platform is much, much higher."

At one point, Sony described the number of pre-orders for the PS4 as "breathtakingly high," and Kato adds that most pre-orders have come with money. In other words, if you pre-ordered, you probably didn't just put your name on the list; you likely started paying it off, because you have every intention of purchasing the machine. And there's no denying the importance of third-party support:

"The second would be that we have strong support from third-parties. And sometimes, when we launch a new platform, the software catalog is not sufficient, or after the launch, sometimes, you don't have good titles following the launch. But this year, on a comparative basis, I think we have a much more stronger lineup of software coming. So those are the things that we are looking at. But I cannot give you a number as to how much upside there is."

The PS4's launch lineup consists of 22 titles, although I think most fans would've liked to have seen more exclusive offerings. And the delay of Watch Dogs and Driveclub didn't help. Still, there are several heavy hitters on that list, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Knack, and several big sports titles.

Just bear in mind that Sony's 5 million prediction involves sell-in units; i.e., the number of consoles sold to retailers and not necessarily to consumers. And it seems to be a reasonable goal for March 31.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 sales, sony

11/1/2013 11:29:41 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:10:38 PM
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Is paying off a pre-order what people without credit cards do? Never understood all that.

I just hope the ability to order opens up again between launch and Xmas.

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tes37
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:35:14 PM

Some people, like myself, paid for the PS4 early to avoid any financial tight spots during launch. It was a smart thing for me to do because I've moved to another house since paying off mine. It didn't really put me in a bind, but I'm in a position now where I can afford to get a PS4 for my daughter at Christmas. IF, I can find one.

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daus26
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:46:43 PM

Personally If its something expensive like a new console its more because of availability so I can preserve one for myself without worrying about the possibility of waiting for months longer. For some its about the eBay profit stuff. Otherwise it'd be better to pay it off credit for me since I can benefit from a good credit score.

If its cheaper like games where availability isn't a problem I do it for the incentives if any. In turn it gives retailers a good idea on how many they should order.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:49:30 PM

I meant I don't understand how it works. I just have an amazon account and they charge when they ship, I wouldn't even know how to pay them early.

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tes37
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 4:22:38 PM

You can buy gift cards and email them to yourself. Once you redeem it, just apply to your preorder by pulling up the invoice.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 4:28:51 PM

ahh interesting idea

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Axe99
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 8:35:16 PM

I'm with tes37, I started paying off early, and have now fully paid off, and don't need to worry whether I'll have the money or not at launch (the finances have been a bit shakey this year). If finances more secure, then I'd have just put enough down to secure the order and paid the lot off on release day though.

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daus26
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:30:34 PM
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I plan to get mine at least by January. No need for me to get one at launch, otherwise it'll be sitting in the dust once GT6 releases. Nothing personal to the ps4.

Also, the most recent footage of drive club looks stunning n better than ever so its now definitely the game I'll be playing first on the Ps4. With its delay, it actualy works out great for me. In looking forward to NBA 2K14 ps4 as well.

In another subject, I've been hearing a lot of folks canceling their ps4 pre orders because of several delayed announcements n the realization that they can still get alot out of their current gen console, but I don't think itll affect their 5 million projection so I'm hopeful for sony as well.

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telly
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:54:37 PM

I suspect the reason Driveclub got delayed was to let GT6 have its moment in the sun with racing fans. Makes a lot of sense, really, as PS4s are going to sell like hot cakes through Christmas regardless. Why not save another game for early next year?

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telly
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 12:55:25 PM
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I've got my weekend Nov. 15 weekend completely free for this. I've never bought a console RIGHT at launch before! Killzone and Resogun, here I come.

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Nix50
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 2:54:53 PM

You and me both. Never brought a console with my own hard earned money either. It's a great feeling.

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telly
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 4:06:56 PM

We've really arrived, huh?! A wonderful feeling indeed.

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JROD0823
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 10:06:39 PM

You guys are making me feel old.

I have purchased all 7 PlayStation systems I have owned with my own money, and still have 6 of the 7.

I gave my PS1 to my nephew after I bought my GT3 PS2 bundle in 2001.

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Knightzane
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 3:18:58 PM
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trying so hard to resist the new Generation of consoles... Must...still...play...ps3 games...

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Axe99
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 8:36:09 PM

Nothing wrong with PS3 games - I'm a big Killzone and War Thunder fan, so PS4 is something I'm right keen on, but I'm hanging onto my PS3 for sure, and suspect I'll spend as much time on the PS3 as the PS4 in the first six months after the PS4's launch.

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I007spectre
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 9:08:52 PM
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I put the PS4's upc number into the point of sale system at work and it said we had 27 on order. This is a under 60,000 square foot WM store in a small town.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Saturday, November 02, 2013 @ 12:25:03 AM
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i have my pre-order deposit card so i'm set and the remaining money sitting in the back getting interest in the mean time.

happy gaming =)

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___________
Saturday, November 02, 2013 @ 3:29:12 AM
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if they can provide that many to retailers than great!
nice to see the preorder dates have been moved from early 2014 to december for current preorders so they obviously have more stock than anticipated.
its so weird walking into a store and seeing something that just released in stock.
a friend of mine walked into apple yesterday and bought a 128GB 4G ipad air on the day it was released!
WTF!?
i remember when i wanted my ipad i had to wait 2 months till after launch, and even then i had to reserve it on there website and when i got there the line was out the door if i didnt reserve it i wouldnt of got it!
same thing today got the 64GB iphone gold, i had to wait till jan this year to get my iphone 5 they were bloody sold out every week since september!
suddenly everythings in stock.

i just hope there not being rushed out the door, if theres one thing $ony cannot afford its another ps3 abysmal reliability!
thats pretty much everything though these days, had my f*cking laptop for not even 6 months now and its been in for repairs 4 times, and last monday had to take it in AGAIN making that 5 times!
then my f*cking 5 day old xperia Z1 the battery is dead on it, fan f*cking tastic!
sigh.
can $ony create ONE, just ONE, reliable device!?
just ONE!?
and making a bad situation worse i swear $ony stores have THE worst customer support!
you go into the store and they say will text you in 20 minutes, a hour goes by no text so i went in and they say oh sorry we "forgot".
yea, forgot my a$$!
then im sitting there for a hour waiting for them to check the phone out, so i just left.
whats the point of making a appointment at 3PM if by 5PM your still not going to be seen?
f*cking hate it when people do that!
i mean if you cant keep your appointment than dont make them in the first place!


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