Sony: PS4 to "significantly exceed" lifetime PS3 sales

Andrew House says passing 80 million units sold is possible in part because price point for new console is "much more consumer friendly" than PS3.

The PlayStation 3 has sold more than 80 million units worldwide, but Sony has even loftier ambitions for the recently released PlayStation 4.

"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," Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House told MCV.

The first comes down to price, House said. "We start off with a price point that is much more consumer friendly than was there for the PS3," he said.

The PS4 sells for $399, compared to the PS3's original launch price of $499/$599 in 2006. Over the years, Sony brought the PS3 price down significantly, as it now starts at $199 for the 12GB model.

Another reason why House is confident the PS4 can beat the PS3 in lifetime sales comes down to Sony's ability to extend the gaming market to new regions.

"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," he said. "You are seeing opportunities for new markets that we haven’t tapped into."

Lastly, House claimed the PS4 has an edge over the PS3 because of its suite of non-gaming applications and services that he says makes the system attractive to a wider audience.

"The other point is that we took several years to take PS3 from being a dual-function device to a multi-functional entertainment device. PS4 arrives with a full suite of those non-game entertainment services right from day one," he said.

"And that's important because there will be someone who wants this as a games device, but the fact it is a great place to view BBC iPlayer, for example, gives other family members reason to use it," he added. "That is crucial in broadening what the console's reach could be."

The PS4 has sold 2.1 million units across the world so far, less than one month after release. Sony expects to move another 900,000 in the 25 days remaining of 2013 and a total of 5 million before the end of the company's fiscal year in March 2014.

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228 comments
onetongwa
onetongwa

Ps4 will definitely  have 4k ability. You can search your own sources.!!!!!!!    Just not games.......... And the games are not even produced in 4k yet.

Grandstream
Grandstream

The only reasons I want a PS4 at this point is FFXV and KH3. =/ Irony is they were supposed to hit PS3, now I feel like I got everything else but.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Grandstream I know what you mean. Those were my main reasons for ps3 but then they get announced for ps4 instead. -___- Once there's a release date for KH3, I'll get a ps4. 

markranger
markranger

The problem with both consoles is that they are limited to the 1080p format. Even if both systems were maxed at 1080p 60fps, which they aren't in most games, they are still tied to a dying display format. 1080p is on its way out. By 2017, 4k will own a majority of the market share. By 2018, PC gaming in 4k will be standard. The new consoles are trying to hard to be like PC as it is now. The attempt will be laughable in a few years as the difference between PC 4k output. So many graphical concessions are having to be made as it currently stands at 1080p.  "The cloud makes the systems potential limitless...." No, the systems will die along with the 1080p format. 1080 is on its way out. Nintendo claimed that most people still had SD TVs when the Wii was released in 2006. By 2011, HD had taken complete control of the market, and the Wii was done for--five years of life. 4k TVs were 30k not too long ago. Now, high-end 4k is about 3-4k. In a few years, it will be about 1k. By 2018, 1080p will be dead. These new consoles have 5-years of life in them. The cloud or development tricks wont be able to overcompensate for this. How will systems that struggle to do 1080p, in many games, be able to survive 4k, and 4k will only get much better in time. There will be awesome games for both 360 and ps3 for several years to come. Just keep playing those systems, and save up to buy your new TV and much-more upgraded system in a few years. By the time it is really time to move on, you will have bought a TV that destroys your current one. Then, the new generation of 4k consoles will be right around-the-corner. By 17, it will be very clear that another upgrade is needed. Those systems PS5 and Xbox? will be huge upgrades that will have very-long life-cycles. They will be tied to a new display format that will last at least a decade. PS4 and the One are only stopgap measures to play a little catch-up with PC until the new dominate display format takes hold.

TF626
TF626

I'm excited for the PS4, even though it doesn't have a lot of games at the moment it will overtime. No regret buying at launch.

tightwad34
tightwad34

So, should I expect them to say the PS4 isn't going to be very successful? Seriously pointless article.

mattress805
mattress805

That's because the PS4 is significantly better than the PS3: it's significantly easier to develop for... The controller is designed significantly better...... The Console is significantly more powerful , and it has significantly more independent developer support. After spending two weeks with the PS4 I think it's one of the best systems I've ever purchased. It's also pretty small; even smaller than my Xbox 360 slim., and it has no power brick. It makes no noise. Absolutely no ads on the user interface. Fantastic piece of tech, all around.

northArrow
northArrow

No ads on the interface, OMFG that sounds amazing especially considering how my 360's dashboard is nothing but ads. 


Oh and today I "won" a McDonald's theme that I can download.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

"PS4 arrives with a full suite of those non-game entertainment services right from day one" 


but no mp3 playback.... 

also, ps3 supports 7 players, a reason to buy FIFA on PS3 and not PS4 (when i get it)

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

I do. when my friends and I are done with the PS3, I simply use it to play songs while we play monopoly deal. 

I'm simply saying "why not?" since the current gen is able.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@bu3aDeL_Maz so you don't have an ipad/iphone/tablet/androiddevice/phone/pc/laptop/stereo/mp3player that already does that and consumes a small fraction of ps3 power to listen to music? i mean, if there are a hundred things that play mp3, i don't need my ps4 to play mp3s. besides, ps4 DOES play mp3, you just need a music unlimited subscription. And even then, you already have a ps3 to play mp3s.

coaltango
coaltango

PS4 will dominate because of customer satisfaction

blackace
blackace

1000's of broken PS4 didn't satisfy to many customers. Having to wait until January to get replacement wasn't good either.

solomonshv
solomonshv

they aren't broken f**k stick. mine had a BLOD. all i had to do was call Sony for a link to download firmware update, put it on a USB stick, and flash the PS4 from safe mode. took 15 minutes and i was working. the messed up HDMI ports can be fixed with tweezers. there is nothing wrong with the PS4's design.


however, you can't fix disk drives that destroy games. like on the xbox one. i have an xbox one too. there is nothing wrong with mine but i can shake the feeling that it will at random eat my game disks or just burn up and die. like my first xbox 360 units did

northArrow
northArrow

Not to mention a lot of us 360 owners are planning to switch to the Playstation next gen

mattress805
mattress805

I'm one of those people that switched from 360 to PlayStation this generation. One of the best choices I've ever made.

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

PS4 is in no way a multimedia device if you want that you're best going with a PC or Xbox one. If you want the best pure gaming console then you go for the PS4. PS4 doesn't seem to have a lot of the things PS3 had so far not even youtube. I guess as long as it has Netflix and it's not behind a paywall that will do.

k_labot
k_labot

Do you even know what "multimedia" really means for you to say PS4 is not a multimedia device?

azrriq_1985
azrriq_1985

I would appreciate if you could explain what is multimedia?

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@azrriq_1985 images+video+audio+interactive. every console, pc or modern phone is actually a multimedia device.

azrriq_1985
azrriq_1985

ps4 can't play audio files...is it still a multimedia device?

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

all in one console? lol c'mon dont even go there with multi media crap.

thomasn7
thomasn7

Sony trolling harder than ever.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@thomasn7 Maybe so, but I think Eddie, or Gamespot has a lot to do with it. And why is Gamespot underlined like I'm spelling it wrong? It's your site so what's wrong with the spelling? Sorry, that last bit wasn't directed at you thomasn7.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Yeah you aren't kidding. When I think back to the PS3 it is hard to see what the hell they were thinking at the start.

I mean Microsoft didn't exactly show everyone how it should be done with the Xbox One reveal but compared to the PS3 launch it is off the scale.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

"Lastly, House claimed the PS4 has an edge over the PS3 because of its suite of non-gaming applications and services that he says makes the system attractive to a wider audience."


"PS4 arrives with a full suite of those non-game entertainment services right from day one," he said."


Really? Last time I checked it couldn't even play CD's let alone MP3 files. Can I watch movies off of a thumb drive? Nope. Can I stream movies from my computer? Nope. Can I edit non gaming pictures/videos on it? Nope. Contact import from your phone? Nope.

Albaficas
Albaficas

@bubba_1988 u have a pc for movies,u have a mp3 player for your music...consoles are for games

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@bubba_1988 why would you like to import your phone contacts?im not adding the secretary and the pizza guy to my gamer list....

Mayleene
Mayleene

What is going to be the biggest factor in making the PS4 purchase is the fact that you can not play PS3 games on it and can not play PS4 games on the PS3.  Deveopers will eventually quite making PS3/Xbox 360 iterations of games so consumers will be forced to purchase one or the other.

atopp399
atopp399

I don't really believe that I guess.  The PS3 is affordable enough at this point that most people who want one have one and it isn't like there is a new type of game being introduced that wasn't available before.  Like if Mario or something came to the PS4 I would agree but that isn't the case.  In fact I know a couple people who only bought a PS3 because it was the cheapest best bluray player for a long time.  Those people won't be buying a PS4.

doggiezilla
doggiezilla

@DMCx wtf DMCx comment has been deleted

plageus900
plageus900

This just in:

Sony says that developers will not tap into the 'true power' of their low-power, 8-Core Jaguar for at least 3 years.

We'll bring you the complete story at 5.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@elegantspock Except they were running on ego fuel with the PS3.


They are ending the PS3 life cycle with a bang though.

Namgis
Namgis

Headline - Sony: PS4 to "significantly exceed" PS3 lifetime sales.

First quote in article from Sony - "It has an opportunity to significantly exceed"

Another hit count editorial.

carolino
carolino

ps2 sold better but i got a better time overall with the ps3 i think


red dead and darksouls here 


ffx and metal gear 2 there


life is good


gl ps4


not even talking to mush about exclusives

enriK233
enriK233

$200 in 2 years is going to make a lot of people buy it. Plus it will have a lot of games then.


The cheaper it gets, the more accessible it is to a a larger population.


Go Sony!

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Still waiting the infamous second son review before I buy a PS4. Until then enjoy Knack and Killzone people. 

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@Snakepond1 Enjoying Killzone, Resogun (haven't had time to play Contrast) and the multiplatform games run great. I played knack for a little bit and I enjoyed my experience.  

Riddick123
Riddick123

@RicanV @Snakepond1   Sounds like a keeper.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Sorry, dude. I'll buy a ps4 in 2014, but don't sell me that bullshit about knack. I played it at a friends and we both feel asleep.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

To be honest Ryse is pretty good. If you like hack n' slash games.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@Snakepond1 I'm not selling you on anything. It is what it is. It was an enjoyable adventure game where you collect items. Same as most other adventure games. I didn't expect Knack to jump out the screen and tickle my feet. Was it the best game? No. But it certainly wasn't terrible.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Well then do you agree if I said that about Ryse? I do not hide my colors I bleed green and if you heard my comments on this site it's evident. But, I do and always will buy all the consoles and yes I own a WiiU. The only thing is I just not see the appeal of a PS4 in 2013. My buddy has one and the launch games are crap except Resogun. Sorry, that's my opinion and yes I tried them all. Hence, why I went with Xbox One for the launch. Say what you want about Ryse, but FM5, DR3 and KI are amazing.

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

AC4 is one if the most beautiful games on ps4.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I hope that's not your only reason for dropping $400 on a new system? If and when infamous scores high and uncharted comes out I'll be their right beside you. Until then I'll be on my Xbox.