Sony Forecasts PS4 Sales Will Reach 60 Million By April 2017

PlayStation's parent company details financial forecast.

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Sony Corporation has posted a forecast for its financial year ending March 31, 2017, and projected it will sell 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles in this period.

This, according to Sony, represents an 8.3 percent rise in overall sales compared to the previous year. It believes "PS4 software sales including sales through the network" and "PS4 hardware unit sales" will both contribute to the overall increase.

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Currently, total PS4 sales are believed to be around 40 million units. With the projected sales included, this would bring the PS4's global sales to 60 million.

By comparison, the PlayStation 3 has sold more than 80 million units worldwide as of November 2013, which was seven years after its initial launch.

The PS4 has been available for three years.

In February 2016, analysts said the PS4 will go on to sell more than 100 million units worldwide before its lifecycle is over. This is a milestone that only five other consoles have reached.

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Atzenkiller

So the PS4 is selling really well and Sony has been making a profit on it from the start. And still people have to pay extra after having payed for the console and the games just to be able to play online. Hm...

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lostn

That's a bit optimistic. Especially when people are holding off for Neo.

If they're at 40 now, they have 12 months to sell 20 million, which is more than they've ever sold (they've averaged about 15m a year which is already very good). Console sales tend to slow down after the couple years, not speed up.

I'd say 50 is a good number, unless PSVR does gangbusters and gets people to buy PS4s.

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dragonfoxmem

I will buy PS4 only if KH3 is coming out exclusively on PS4....

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Go, Sony. You're the best.

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BarcaAzul

I'm curious if a 4.5 model comes out and how this affects the numbers. Could be interesting.

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BattleStreak

Cool. Good for them.

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berserker66666

lol if PS4 has been available to 3 years (And not 2.5) then Gamespot pretty much confirmed Half Life 3.

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Barighm

Yes. Yes, it will.

But how big will Sony's arrogance get? Still no good way to declutter the home page. Still no proper wired controllers. Still fewer features than the PS3.

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Atzenkiller

@Barighm: Wired controllers? What for?

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@Barighm: exactly what "clutter"? the home page is great in its design

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I reckon it'll do more than that. With how it was selling last year with barely any exclusives, this year it has loads including its smoking gun Uncharted.

NX won't put a dent in PS4's sales and Xbox only has Gears of War which might provide a similar bump like Halo 5, but it's going to remain behind for most - if not the rest - of the generation.

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rmiller365

Good on Sony. Haters can hate but I have some major love for my PS4 and I will buy a Neo when it comes out, I don't honestly need it, but the wife wants a 2nd console to play together with so it's win win for me!

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hystavito

@rmiller365: Who gets to play on the Neo? :)

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Thanatos2k

Microsoft Forecasts 15 million bullets fired in Halo by 2017. Whatever that means.

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BattleStreak

@Thanatos2k: Perfect.

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jimy1475

i will probobly wait for the Neo

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Scooby_Dooo

Unlike what GameSpot says, the PS4 has NOT been available for 3 years. It will be 3 years on the market this November. PS4 has been on the market for only 2.5 years.

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PlaystationZone

Ps4 Mel won't sale unless people sale ps4 . My fear is would latest games come ps4 when neo come out or have buy new consle.

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Fedor

@playstationzone: they already said there won't be neo exclusive games.

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Xristophoros

@fedor: sony has not said anything. "they" are the news media. we need to wait a while longer to know the real facts. e3 is not far off.

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@Xristophoros: sony did say no neo exclusives, every game released for neo will run on a ps4,

Beginning in October, games will be required to ship with a standard "Base" mode, compatible with the PS4, and a "NEO Mode." Developers can update previously released games to include a NEO mode via a patch.

The NEO mode will be limited to improvements that are also found in the PS4. Improved graphics must retain the same, or better, frame rate found in the base version of the game. The NEO version of the game won't feature different gameplay experiences, additional levels or unique content. NEO owners and PS4 owners will be able to play together on the PlayStation Network.

-ibttimes

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Chyld989

@haze0986: Sony never said that because Sony hasn't officially acknowledged the Neo even exists. Leaked documents say that Sony said that, but because they're leaked we can't trust them until after the official reveal (or lack thereof) confirms that they are either accurate or inaccurate.

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DaVillain-

Errr I donno, about that, what if Nintendo's new console NX takes those new costumers away fro buying PS4 at that time?

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Thanatos2k

@davillain-: Pigs might fly tomorrow as well.

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DaVillain-

@Thanatos2k: Wish I had a pig that could fly me to glory lol.

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Moonco

@davillain-: Watch that forecast plummet when the NX juggernaut arrives next year :-p

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gamingdevil800

@davillain-: I doubt it most kids want to play the latest call of duty instead of mario these days... if they had to choose.

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Keitha313

@davillain-: Nintendo should stop making consoles and allow their content to come to Xbox, Sony and the PC.

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eggsbox

@davillain-: It will. When I see all the known stories about Nintendo it ends up either judging how it lacks mature contents if it sold less than expected or the console appeals to non gamers if it sold more units, in either ways the same people wants to bash Nintendo in both scenarios .

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suicidesn0wman

@davillain-: Honestly, I don't know if Nintendo will have another home console after the NX. If the NX doesn't come out and immediately wow everyone, it could be the catalyst that sends Nintendo down the path Sega took 15 years ago.

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Domiddian

@suicidesn0wman: That was a sad day... :-(

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suicidesn0wman

@domiddian: Hell yeah it was, Dreamcast was a brilliant system.

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Domiddian

@suicidesn0wman: Well I was a Sega fan so I loved the Dreamcast and even the Sega Saturn, even if not many others did.

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suicidesn0wman

@domiddian: I transitioned to Xbox from Sega because of all the Sega games that came out on the original Xbox. Saw it as kind of a passing of the torch from them. I've got a ton of games for Sega consoles, as well as every version you could play them on except the CDX. Would have more but they're hard to find these days.

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Domiddian

@suicidesn0wman: I did the same, especially for Panzer Dragoon Orta. And I hated Sony for the longest time for knocking Sega out of contention, but at the end of the day I grew up and accepted that Sega made some really poor decisions and that they were the real architects of their own downfall. But man, those were the days. And it's a shame really because with the Dreamcast they seemed to have got their act together and did nearly everything right. My version of Panzer Dragoon Saga on the Saturn is my most prized gaming posession :-)

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suicidesn0wman

@domiddian: I hated Sony outside of gaming, but was always a fan of the Playstation. Spent many hours playing Destruction Derby and Formula 1 on the PS1 back in the day. So at the time I already had the DC, PS2 and bought Xbox & GC as soon as I could afford them.

I think my most prized possession is a sealed copy of Conker on N64, sadly my Sega collection is lacking, I've got a Sega Nomad, and an Mk1 SegaCD with Shining Force CD, but nothing else above 'uncommon' status. Would love to find a copy of Panzer Saga, and Shining Force 3 Ep1(and wish Ep2 & 3 had come across the pacific).

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Domiddian

@suicidesn0wman: Nice one with Conker! Yeah I bought a Playstation during the 32bit era as a second console, loved Rage Racer and Soul Blade (before it became Calibur), but it was always second to my Saturn. I really was a fanboy at the time I'm ashamed to say, but more neutral these days.

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suicidesn0wman

@domiddian: Yeah, I'm neutral in my gaming room, but I'm sure most just see me argue with the fanboys here cause I can't stand them! lol

I'm looking up some of the prices on a few of my old SCD/Sat games and I can't believe how some of them have increased in value. Like why the heck is The Terminator on SCD worth $70-80?

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Domiddian

@suicidesn0wman: Same here, you argue with fanboys and then get branded one yourself. I've seen you defending both sides of the fence so as far as I'm concerned you're not a fanboy at all.

Jesus! Makes me wish I kept my Sega CD now. Eternal Champs was rare on that wasn't it?

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PlaystationZone

@suicidesn0wman NX won't sale know since showing at E3 . Going end up like sega .

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DaVillain-

@suicidesn0wman: Yeah and seeing them not releasing it this year could be a mistake and hope for the best of Nintendo is all I can give'em.

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BobaFettHatesU

@davillain-: I doubt Nintendo would be taking business away from Retirement Homes and day care centers sales since those are not the PlayStation's target audience.

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Moonco

@bobafetthatesu: lol My grandparents have a winter home in Florida and the park is for senior citizens. The club house has a Wii , which the old timers like to use during Wednesday game night

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Xristophoros

@bobafetthatesu: hehe

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Xristophoros

@davillain-: wishful thinking... you would have to assume, then, that the nx will have 100% 3rd party support and every new game will arrive on the nx. the odds of that happening are very slim, especially when you consider that the nx will be a "new way to play games" as everyone feared it would be. the nintendo name alone scares off many people due to the stigma of being a "kiddie" platform. even if the nx did hit all the right notes and have solid 3rd party support and better graphics, the name "nintendo" will not appeal to older, more mature gamers or those who were burned by nintendo in the past. people have moved on...

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DaVillain-

@Xristophoros: I was merely speculating if Nintendo plays there cards right. I just wanna see some good old competition for Sony at the very least, MS isn't doing a good job, might as well give Nintendo a try.

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IAmMcGruber

@davillain-: But MS is doing a better job than nintendo at the moment if comparing the two.

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DrizzyGadget

If PSVR takes off, they'll do even more

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Newagegamersare

I say they will do better than that, I have a hunch no mans sky will be become the new Minecraft phenomenon.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@newagegamersare: Not unless you can completely customize and build on your own planet

I'm sure it will be popular though