Sony Says PS4 Appeals to Wii Owners Who Never Bought PS3 or Xbox 360

"Our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now," PlayStation executive Andrew House says.

Sony sees a big opportunity for the PlayStation 4 to appeal to people who bought a Wii but never a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, according to PlayStation boss Andrew House. Speaking with Eurogamer, House says Sony's own data already shows that Wii owners are making the transition to the PS4, helping the system sell at record levels--7 million systems sold to date.

"Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously," House said. "Whether it's based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that's what's contributing to the really great sales we've had."

The Wii was the king of the last generation of consoles, selling over 100 million units, compared to 80 million for PS3 and 84 million for the Xbox 360.

Sony said previously that almost 50 percent of current PS4 owners never purchased a PS3. To accommodate those owners who are new to the PlayStation ecosystem, House said Sony is interested in remastering back-catalog games for the PS4. One such title is Naughty Dog's acclaimed action game The Last of Us, which a huge proportion of PS4 owners have never played. The game comes to PS4 July 29 as The Last of Us Remastered. According to House, there could be more remasters on the way.

"I hesitate to say this because I know committed gamers may roll their eyes about it, but there's an opportunity with some of the remastering or re-imagining from PS3 franchises that will potentially find an audience that hasn't played them in the previous generation because they skipped that generation," House said. "We're starting to see signs of that. That bodes well for us as a platform, but it bodes well for developers and publishers as well."

Sony worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said previously that the Uncharted series was a "good candidate" for a PS4 remaster. Three Uncharted titles were released for the PS3: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007), Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009), and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2009). The fourth installment in the core series, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, launches in 2015 for PS4.

House went on to say that the film industry has provided numerous examples of how classic content can be reintroduced to new audiences over time. He said Disney is the "best example" of this, and explained that he hopes video games can follow suit.

"We as an industry haven't done that historically," House said. "We're only just getting into our stride with people who now have been playing for 10, 20 years, who have a nostalgia factor, who want to see those franchises come back and be reinvented. That is a whole other area of exploration I would like to see PS4 to lead the charge on."

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348 comments
skipper847
skipper847

Something very odd on gamespot lately this was meant to be destiny planet trailer?.

blissseeker
blissseeker

didn't the ps3 outsellthe xb360 some time ago Gamespot?

crossnfs
crossnfs

i do have a PS2 and a Wii and Wii U 

megablast16
megablast16

Translation: AAA game development is so expensive now we're cutting back on new games and remastering a lot of old games instead. Andrew House is rapidly turning into the new Don Mattrick.

metallinatus
metallinatus

Yeah.... and the Wii U appeals to X360 and PS3 owners who never bought a Wii .-.

rjh_24
rjh_24

im an x1 fan and i hate great looking exclusives but ill hate on them anyways i dont like a more powerfull gaming device i would rather have a less powerful cable box with games that are made for little kids or have racing games so i can pass my drivers ed test

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

how did sony figure that? that's like saying people who don't like summer would find it nice in texas

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am the opposite (kind of). I own a PS4 and am now looking for a reason to own a Wii U as well. Hyrule Warriors and Zelda look good but I don't see anything else that interests me yet.

zeldafan195
zeldafan195

I doubt that is very true. There are 3 main categories of Wii gamers:

1. Hardcore gamers that got the Wii for exclusives and own another system for the 3rd parties.

2. Kids who's parents bought a Wii for them to play family appropriate games.

3. Adults that wanted to get in shape.


Now out of those, 1 wouldn't make any sense since the hardcore gamers would bet both anyway. I doubt people in 3 would since they probably aren't going to get a PS4 if they want to get in shape with gaming. If anything they would get a Wii U for Wii Fit U. And for 2, some kids might have grown into the stage where they finally can play M games and think shooting things is cool, so they buy a ps4 for COD, Battlefield, and other bro games. But a lot of those kids are now getting into more mobile gaming, so I don't think it's affecting PS4 that much.

I think the main reason for its sales are the fact that a lot of 360 owners switched over. You can see from the fact that the ps4 is outselling the Xbox one by a lot. As for the Wii U sales, I think group 3 causals weren't going to buy a new system no matter what. For group 2, the poor advertising has made parents of those kids unaware that Wii U even exists. And for group 1, they either own a Wii U, or plan on getting it after games like Smash Bros and Zelda come out.

ballsy7777
ballsy7777

id buy nintendo products if i was 7 yrs old o wait i wouldnt have a job nevermind

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Lead the charge? This guy should get a WiiU and play some NES Remix xD

Oh and the entire Wii part made no sense to me. I am pretty sure most Wii gamers went to mobile phones and tablets. And those who became hardcore gamer just went with the device that had the best bang for its buck like most did

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

Looks like Sony picks up the slack in the "stupid comments" department when Microsoft has nothing to say.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

"compared to 80 million for PS3 and 84 million for the Xbox 360"

Wrong information by GameSpot...

As of 05th July 2014

PS3 84.5 M

360 84.4 M

hyksiu
hyksiu

I want uncharted god of  war and heavy rain on ps4.

rob19ny
rob19ny

So thats why the PS4 passed the Wii U so quickly.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I think Sony is blowing some smoke...

justerthought
justerthought

I'm not sure I agree with Sony's reasoning here. I don't doubt that some of the Wii gamers are moving across to PS4 but not for the reasons Sony is suggesting. The Wii gamers were casual first timers chasing a new craze, dipping their toes into gaming, and they have now moved onto mobile and tablet gaming. They are casual gamers that just keep it simple and just chase new gadgets that are the latest fashion.

Yes some of those casual gamers have matured into harcore gamers and those are the ones jumping to PS4. Sony are obviously hoping to draw the mass of casual gamers away from the mobile phones and tablets onto PS4 and are using a bit of auto suggestion to attract them. They have a long way to go before we can assume they are successful.

jayjay444
jayjay444

I disagree Sony, I think the X1 with it's Kinnect appeals to Wii gamers over the PS4.

kazedafinest
kazedafinest

How dare they talk about remaking games but no mention of a FF7...GTFOH!!!!

deathcon4
deathcon4

Well as an Xbox fan I'd agree to an extent. Wii is after all a dominant Japanese company so Sony would be an obvious choice. Still if the sales are that detrimental to this report then it shows that Microsoft should of pushed Kinect harder.


It's personal taste at the end of it all. I personally think neither next gen consoles have any decent games and that the Wii U is a fo'sure no no.

Senior_Rosa
Senior_Rosa

@skipper847 It is the new click-bate system. They point you to not-too-visited articles so you stay longer in the site.


SPOILER ALERT: I am joking xD It happened to me too btw

xantufrog
xantufrog

@rjh_24 wow, I never knew real XBox fans felt this way. But your story is so believable, it must be true! I learned so much today

mr_nee
mr_nee

@zeldafan195 could be that no.2 "Kids who's parents bought a Wii for them to play family appropriate games." grew up and now want to play real games.


Though I see more and more Wii and 360 gamers buying a PS3 these days.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@TristanPR77 The 80 mil number is from an older tally. Where'd you get 84.5 from? I'd like to know where to go for more up-to-date figures.

Noved23
Noved23

@justerthought I thought Sony previously stated that they got a lot of Xbox 360 gamers which is why they lead in numbers. They need to make up their mind. I think that this generation PS4 will be #1, Wii U will be #2 and Xbox One will be #3. PS4 and Xbox One are going for the same market. Wii U is going for a different one but people will still get the Wii U because of the exclusives. PS4 and a Wii U or a Xbox One and a Wii U. 2 years later when the Wii U is still number 2 in number I wonder if developers will still use their b.s. excuse of needing more of a install base as they put games on the #3 selling console.

justerthought
justerthought

@jayjay444 

The motion control gimmick is dead. The casual Wii gamers attracted to it have now moved onto mobile and tablet gaming with zero interest in motion control anymore. The XB1 and Kinect are coming to the party long after it has ended. Sony worked that out and made their PS4 motion control optional. MS were slow to respond and assumed everyone would stay static waiting for their motion solution. XB1 Kinect integration is one of the biggest cock-ups ever made in the history of technology. A combination nobody wanted.