31 Percent of PS4 Players Migrated From Other Consoles

As much as 31 percent of current PS4 owners didn’t own a PS3.

That, at least, is the claim of Scott Rohde, senior VP of product development at Sony’s Worldwide Studios. Rohde, citing data collected by the industry tracking firm Nielsen, told an interviewer that sales are showing a migration of gamers from the Xbox 360 and Wii to the PS4.

“31 per cent of PS4 owners did not own a PS3, but they did own either an Xbox 360 or Wii,” said Rohde. “Now, those are some pretty amazing numbers. And that’s why, again, I think we’re doing things like bringing The Last of Us to PS4, because there’s a huge percentage of those people who never got to play it and that’s a shame.”

In addition to gamers moving over from the Xbox 360 and Wii, the data apparent also shows an influx of gamers who skipped the last console generation altogether.

“17 per cent of PS4 owners did not own a last-gen console,” said Rohde. “That in itself is a pretty shocking number.”

These figures may not be surprising to some considering how well the PlayStation 4 has been selling since it launched late last year. While the Xbox One has still been moving considerable numbers, it has regularly been outsold by Sony’s console, even during months when anticipated games like Titanfall have hit stores.

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2 Comments on 31 Percent of PS4 Players Migrated From Other Consoles


On June 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

My friends that were avid 360 supporters are all looking at a PS4 for their next console. I think Sony’s performance at last year’s E3 is still having a major effect. As the games industry shows time and again, people tend not to get over first impressions, even if they don’t remain true. A lot of people still thought that the PS3 sold poorly, even though it caught up to the 360′s sales.

I think the percentage of people buying a PS4 that skipped the last generation at least partially comes from that way of thinking. Even though the consoles got cheaper as time went on, the general feeling early on was, “Way too expensive!” By the time those consoles were no longer considered too expensive, people lost interest.

Red Menace

On June 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Well, have purchased two Xbox 360s (first one broke, they are really serious when they tell you not to move it with a disk inside) but I wont be buying an Xbox One. I probably won’t be buying a console this generation at all, but if I do, it won’t be an Xbox One.