Andrew House Thinks PS4 Can ‘Greatly Exceed’ PS3′s Sales
The last generation has been extremely competitive, what with the PS3 and Xbox 360 coming up about even in unit sales in their lifetimes, an interesting outcome given the 360 was launched a year earlier while the PS3 left no room for the 360 in the core Japanese market. Even coming off a 150 million seller like the PS2, though, 80 million sold isn’t the worst thing ever for either system, but Sony’s Andrew House thinks the PS4 could go well beyond that mark. Could.
“It has an opportunity to significantly exceed what we’ve been able to achieve with PS3 and there’s a couple of reasons for that,” House told MCV. “We start off with a price point that is much more consumer friendly than was there for the PS3. Also, one of the success stories for the business as a whole has been our ability to open up new geographies for video games over the last five years. You are seeing opportunities for new markets that we haven’t tapped into.”
He also talks about media consumption and all that, which isn’t necessarily the auto-win for Xbone some folks think it is given the decline of cable. And also marathon, not sprint, etc. It’s all up in the air. That House says “has an opportunity” instead of “will” or “we expect” is quite a qualification. We don’t know anything, and even Sony knows that as they bet the farm.
But with PC gaming dead*, that is one fewer thing for the consoles to deal with as well, and that naturally bodes well for the PS4′s future. As it stands now, PS4 is at about 2.1 million sold, and Xbox One is “more than a million” as of a week and a half ago.
*yes, I am completely 100-percent sincere without any sort of irony whatsoever about PC gaming being dead despite the fact that this is a PC-oriented site with a heavy bias toward PC gaming in general as well as how I’m typing these words on an expensive PC I built two years with my bare hands that contains more horsepower than a PS4.