Sony on PS4 launch -- "We're very, very confident"

SCEA CEO Jack Tretton says Sony should have no problem meeting analysts' expectations of selling 3 million systems by year-end.

With just days to go before the PlayStation 4 is released in North America, Sony has come out to say meeting analysts' sales estimates of 3 million units by year-end won't be a problem.

"We're very comfortable with it," SCEA CEO Jack Tretton told Bloomberg. "I'm excited about next week to be able to talk about what was sold as opposed to what we may sell."

Tretton added that Sony will have "adequate" supplies of the $399 PS4 through the holiday season. He also confirmed that Sony is sticking by its projection to sell 5 million PS4s by the end of March, 2014.

"This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing," Tretton said. "That hurdle has been cleared. We're very, very confident we're in great shape."

The PS4 will be released in North America on November 15, followed by Europe on November 29. In all, the PS4 will be available in 32 countries around the world in time for the holidays.

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553 comments
BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Lets see how confident you are in a week when you get all of those broke systems back!

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

It's almost as if they have a bet going to see who can making the dumbest public statement.

blackciti
blackciti

My cousin is getting one at walmart tomorrow. I'm not though. I'll come over and check out the system at his house probably this Saturday. I'm not getting xbone either.

jophy
jophy

i don't understand why sony doesn't want to prepare their lineup using Naughty dog, santa monica, media molecule etc. Imagine if the lauch were like Uncharted 4 or Last of Us 2, God of War whatever, LBP3 etc they would have easily crush the competitors, is it that hard to use their brain? Milking their best franchise is unoriginal but a sure cheap way to win.

ricku1967
ricku1967

@jophy what does it matter if those company's have a game day one or with in the first year?? i personally dont buy a system based on day one games...i base my decision on the life of the system since i plan on having this console for 7+ years...not just day one..true, the lauch would be very successful if those games were available at launch, but then what?? wait a year or 2 till they makes the new games??

jophy
jophy

@ricku1967 @jophy looking at PS3 exclusives track record, you can rest assured they always pump in exclusives. this year alone, GOW, last of us, heavy rain, ninokuni, tales of xilia, etc etc, and a handful of them are even critically acclaimed. But their launch are always bullshit. See ps3. why don't they not be retarded for once.

jophy
jophy

@ricku1967 @jophy considering console exclusives, sony already win hands down. console like 360 lost support like few yrs back already. nin not producing any quality one either. only sony is consistent. its a fact. and another fact is sony launch titles are also nonsense

ricku1967
ricku1967

@jophy @ricku1967 well really look at the launch of all the consoles in the past...none of them have had spectacular launch titles

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@jophy @ricku1967 Very few of the big hitters and renowned franchises will want to venture a release on a console's launch. They want time to work with the final hardware, they want plenty of time to make sure the game is complete. Look at watchdogs, they were going to be available on release, but due to needing more time delayed it. 

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

I also laugh at the drones who based their next-gen purchase on some shitty launch line-up titles that nowhere reflect what they will offer in the future years 

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I confident that Consoles are scam, very affordable at initial price, but you will pay $10 more than average PC games.... 

for the rest of the generation....... 

grognard66
grognard66

Sony may "ship" 3 million by the end of the year.  Actually "selling" 3 million is probably a little optimistic, but not too far off the mark.  However, I think sales will plummet after the Holidays given the dearth of new releases until next Holiday, making 5 million by the end of March unlikely.

DWalker131
DWalker131

it better feel confident !!, its got my pre order lol

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

Yep lets all hope sony fail then microsoft have free roam to screw us in the ass -_- you people arent gamers your just drama queens

ChaoticLucidity
ChaoticLucidity

Screw consoles for a while, X Rebirth is out in 2 days. Hopefully by the time I'm done with that, might be able to pick up a new gen console significantly cheaper.

gplayer5
gplayer5

Yea I think Sony is going to win this one. Mostly it's because Microsoft drove away a lot of people with their initial description of the Xbone. They had to do quite a bit of turning around in order to make it halfway decent. 

I wish Sony all the best for putting their customer first, but I think I'm sticking with my pc.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@gplayer5 Well it looks like the Xbone is only going to be truly decent in the states. All the tv features seem to tie into their cable networks and what not. The rest of the world don't seem to have the same level of dedication or support. Not saying it's a terrible idea, but if it's a theme that has largely been plugged by M$ as being a selling point of the console, kind of annoys me that they don't offer the same level of support throughout. 

Not to mention the language and region issues with the rest of the console

gplayer5
gplayer5

@Ayato_Kamina_1 oh wow, I didn't know that. Maybe it still is as bad as they say. Good thing I quit consoles a long time ago.

whitechapel34
whitechapel34

With the recent reports of hardware failure and a lackluster launch lineup, I'd be very very worried if I were Sony.

mapulaproasta
mapulaproasta

@whitechapel34 PS4 launches on Friday, so those "recent reports of hardware failure " may be the handiwork of Xboots like you and the guy that thumbed you up. By now, xboot!!!

whitechapel34
whitechapel34

@mapulaproastaXbot? Why don't you do your homework kid. "recent reports of hardware failure ".... go read the article on IGN. The PS4 that Sony gave IGN died on them in the middle of them playing it.... along with many people who got the free ps4 from taco bell... and not to mention when they were doing their live stream on here and the ps4 froze and the live stream got knocked off for several minutes. You look like an idiot

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@whitechapel34 @mapulaproasta There's never been a better time to take a "Wait and see" approach. No console is releasing particularly star studded launch titles, so use this as an opportunity to see how the systems perform. Hardware failure, software issues, etc wait till they get ironed out before you commit. 

Vojtass
Vojtass

... but Knack's flop is spectacular.

Sav117
Sav117

@Vojtass I hope they didnt actually think it was gonna be a amazing game...did they?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Sav117 I was never intrigued by this game and knew this is what is was.

wrestlemaniaw
wrestlemaniaw

I srsly mistook the title and read it like this : we're very very sorry for lineup launch"

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

ill just leave this here:

yes, console games are largely outnumbered by pc games. but that's because pc has 30 years of gaming history. how about counting every nes, snes, genesis, playstation and xbox games? now that's outnumbered. yes, there are lots of pc's in the stores. but just remember millions of those pc's are just for facebook and wikipedia. none of my 30 co workers has a dedicated gaming pc. and yeah we all have ultra high end pc's but c'mon, seriously this site has 9 comments about how better one system is to another, and burried deep down there's one comment actually saying something NOT related to master race vs m$ drones/ soony fanboys.

it's a gaming site, not a "discuss and impose the system you favor" site. im buying a ps4. and a quadro4000 for my mom.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@Saizen13 @ZombieGuyGeorge so why do i need to educate myself? because i skipped atari? yeah i skipped the commodore 64 and the atari family computer that were both for gaming and for work and were around in 78'. i own every system but the cdi and the xbox 360. i even have a fully functional commodore64 and the first 80-286 i brought still works. and the point is? yeah an people play on the phone, dos that make that a portable console? a tablet is adding numbers to the side of the pc or to the side of the consoles? i don't need to educate myself to know that arguing which system is better is stupid, but maybe you need to educate yourself to refrain from telling people to educate themselves. it´s actually bad education when you do so.

Saizen13
Saizen13

@ZombieGuyGeorge Please educate yourself. I'm not trying to be mean but the Atari home console I grew up on is over 30 years old. I actually played on that before I gamed on my parent's DOS computer. Also, do you know how many people do play games on facebook? Technically they are gaming then. A game is a game is a game.

megakick
megakick

I am very, very confident I will not be buying a XBOX ONE or PS4 this year.

RabbiSchmuley
RabbiSchmuley

@megakick  I'm with you there. I just hope that there are enough sales to pad the bottom line so that they give us more well-featured systems in the 2nd and 3rd generation.

djdan200
djdan200

@translucent17 @megakick You dont need to preorder.. Sony stated they have more than a million PS4s being withheld for the holiday season. The launch line up kind of sucks as they usually do, thats it

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@djdan200 @translucent17 @megakick 

What? So they have a million consoles just sitting somewhere in warehouse waiting for the holiday season, that aren't currently available for pre-order? That makes no sense. And if that's the case, f*k Sony is retarded.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@A8ADD0N @djdan200 @translucent17 @megakick Better to sell out at christmas than to sellout before christmas. It makes you look slightly less foolish. 

I know it's hard to imagine, but it reflects very badly on a company if they under or overproduce a product to the level of demand. So for them to put a million away when it looks like they're going to sell out very fast early on in their release, means they can say they ALSO sold out at christmas too. 

19James89
19James89

It's amazing what clever marketing and hype can do for a product, even run of the mill wannabe gaming PC's with virtually no great stand out first party games can shift an amazing amount of units based off these two things.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@19James89 funny how a wannabe gaming pc could outsell dedicated pc gaming machines. maybe because they are not pc wannabes. you know. more like consoles.

Andrendenum1
Andrendenum1

@ZombieGuyGeorge @19James89 Maybe I misunderstood your comment because I can list a hundred things my PC can do that gaming consoles can't.  For one, playing games better than consoles...  But then, I've invested a lot into continually building and upgrading my PC.  Maybe not everyone can do that but for me (imho) I'll gladly take my PC over any of these consoles.  Again, just my honest opinion.

I do see consoles as beneficial to people and to each their own.  I just don't see consoles as the be-all, end-all for gaming.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@Andrendenum1 @ZombieGuyGeorge  I am posting in a an ultra high end pc that costs more than my car. I know there are not hundreds but millions of things a pc can do that consoles can't.

but no matter how wonderful your pc may be, if all of your cuda's are used by your last render process, and you have a particle system with billions of objects moving in a simulation, you can't even play solitaire wihout risking a memory issue and crap 6 days of rendering.

i have 8 pc's, a laptop, and 5 mac's dedicated to work. None of them has any game installed. when they are rendering or cooking a cache file, i play in my ps3. just as some millions of people that work on a pc and want to play on their consoles their 2 hours of spare time instead of more pc.

some thing people don't understand is, pc's were meant for work, consoles for games. consoles wont be the be-all end-all because they don't need to. and neither have the pc's they are tools, and everyone uses them as they please.

want a pc for facebook? go ahead. want a ps3 for internet browsing? good luck! want to draw with nails? some people do! want to do music with piss? hell yeah, you tube ftw.

but don't crap anymore with "my shit is better than yours" everyone here does.

because, yes, good, congratulations. but let the other people with their viosion of what's "best". it's as relative as being happy.

Andrendenum1
Andrendenum1

I said imho... As in everyone is entitled to their own. It's a comments section so we comment. Relax.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@ZombieGuyGeorge @Andrendenum1 Well... what you say isn't untrue. But it's a fact that in terms of processing power that PCs dwarf the consoles. So to say they're "better at running games" is accurate. But then that's a moot point in the grand scheme of things, because like a very nice TV can have amazing resolution and clarity, it's only as good as the thing you're watching on it. Same applies to consoles / PCs. They're only as good as the game you're playing on them. 

Even the most basic of games can be great and fun. 

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I expect this Thursday's launch night show could cause some waves...

Potentially we've got reveals for Media Molecule, Sony Santa Monica, and Naughty Dog, not to mention gameplay footage for The Order and/or a reveal of the Virtual Reality headset.

I doubt we'll see Naught Dog's project, but I think the VR headset is a MASSIVE likelihood.

Good time to be a gamer! :)


virtualskill
virtualskill

No offense to the xbox but aside from the few better launch titles I see no real advantage to it which is why i went ps4 this year... A lot of its exclusives I can play on the 360 or pc and I feel waving my arms around for kinect will get old quick just like wiimote..

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@virtualskill Biggest issue will be in a few years time, I think the difference in hardware will really play a factor. 

19James89
19James89

@kbaily The only reason Sony are peddling this folly is because Nintendo has smashed Sony to pieces on no less then three occasions. 


uchihasilver
uchihasilver

You do realise that the president of sony is japanese right? The japanese are a lot more respectful unlike fanboys and your self who seems to have a negative wlview on anything not nintendo