Sony: PS4 Sales Could Eclipse PS2′s
The PlayStation 4 is on track to be Sony’s most successful console ever.
That, at least, is the belief of CEO Kaz Hirai who, speaking in a recent investor’s meeting, affirmed his belief that the PS4 could perhaps even go on to eclipse the PS2.
“The PS2 platform was the biggest success until now in terms of profit,” said Hirai. “But I believe that PS4’s hardware, software and services have the potential to combine and develop into a platform capable of generating even greater profit.”
Hirai’s estimation was potentially backed by the revelation that as many as half of PS4 owners have signed up for the company’s paid subscription service PlayStation Plus. While its proliferation could likely be at least partially explained by the fact that the PS4, unlike the PS3 and Vita, requires a PS Plus account to access online play, it’s nonetheless an increased source of revenue that’s likely helping to boost the value of the PS4. In fact, according to Hirai, the PS4 is “already contributing profit on a hardware unit basis” which, of course, is markedly different from the usual standard of selling hardware at a loss at and near its launch.
In other words, even though Sony on the whole isn’t doing the best, it would appear that the PlayStation division couldn’t be in a finer state.