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Sony PS4 Success - Is It All About The Games?

Everyone is raving about Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) selling 25.3 million units of the PlayStation 4. Is the sales number really an important metric when considering the success of a console? Does the average gamer really care about console sales? There are surely other things to consider when looking at sales in terms of a console’s success.

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PC_60866d ago

Its more hype, Playstation is doing good but the company as a whole isn't

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen866d ago (Edited 866d ago )

@PC_60
Sony profits soar on booming demand for image sensors
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/...

July 30 2015

"Sony saw a threefold increase in its first-quarter profits as booming demand for image sensors used in Apple’s iPhones helped to offset losses in its smartphone and movie businesses.

Sony reported a net profit of Y82.44bn ($664m) in the three months to the end of June, compared with a profit of Y26.81bn a year earlier. The result was also double analysts’ forecasts for a profit of Y40.26bn, although the profit recovery was aided by the sale of shares in Sony’s logistics business and medical equipment maker Olympus.

During the three-month period, sales of camera sensors used in the latest iPhone 6, Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S6 and Chinese handset maker Xiaomi’s Mi4 handset jumped 62 per cent from a year earlier. Sony’s earnings recovery was further buoyed by continuing strong sales of its PlayStation 4 console and software titles."

Stop posting the typical "Sony isn't doing well overall" nonsense because Sony is doing quite well except for handsets/cellphones and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Everything else which includes, electronics, computer entertainment, music and financial services are all posting profits

PC_60866d ago

Show where Sony are doing well in computers. Last time I checked that division is dead

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen866d ago

Sony (Computer Entertainment) = playstation hardware and software. Stop being such a fanboy. SMH

miyamoto866d ago

I think by now everyone knows the history of the PlayStation Formula of breakthrough success.

PlayStation has always been about the delicate balance of 3rd party, 2nd party and 1st party games.

Nothing has changed since the first time PlayStation entered the 5th generation with more than 200 3rd and 2nd party devs behind its back.

1st party games was to show everybody the technical prowess and capability of the PlayStation machine to wow developers and gamers alike.

n4rc865d ago

Sony is making the cams on I phones? Didn't know that.. Gotta be a good money maker for them..

But they've folded their PC business AFAIK.. Viao is gone

spacedelete865d ago

once PS Now and Morpheus flop they will have massive losses don't worry.

morganfell865d ago

Kaz has really gone a long way to turning matters around. Thanks for the link IGiveHugs.

@spacedelete, I guess you have decided bubble suicide trolling is worth the tantrum and that by screaming you will feel better later.

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justy112866d ago

Ok first off, they got rid of their Vaio division selling it to another company. so they don't make computers anymore, only Tablets, which is consider a computer it's considered mobile. Second stop with the trolling it's not going to get you any where in life, especially with trolling about something that does not exist.

uth11866d ago

If you've ever owned a console that hasn't sold well, you'll know it's a lonely experience. You'll feel like you are being ignored by developers, etc. So sales do matter to end users because it indicates whether a piece of hardware will be well supported. It certainly was a factor in my decision to get a PS4 instead of the Wii U.

Death866d ago

The WiiU is a great console and definitely worth picking up. There are quite a few must haves in the library that don't only appeal to Mario fans. The second screen is implemented well and makes for some very unique gameplay for same room multiplayer gaming. I don't know if I would pick one up over a PS4 or Xbox One, but it's a great second or third console to own if you have the means.

littlezizu866d ago

It's funny when most gaming media during last gen considered xbox 360 was winning ps3 by comparing sales but this gen do a u-turn saying sales don't matter.
PS4 is successful mainly for providing great games look at 2015 ps4 has more exclusives than nearest rival.
Order - Feb, Bloodborne & Helldrivers- march, Mlb show- may, Rocket league- July, Until Dawn & Everbody gone to rapture - August, Tearaway Unfold - September , Dragon quest Heroes & Uncharted collection- October, Disgaea 5 - November and Rime, Tomorrow children and Persona 5 - December.

Death866d ago (Edited 866d ago )

It was actually the Wii that sold the most consoles. It was completely discounted for not being next gen enough. The people that thought the 360 was winning did so due to the fact the console sold over three times more than the previous generation. Sony caught up after 8 years, but still sold about half as many PS3's as they did PS2's. It's hard to lose that much in sales and market share while being called a winner.

PhoenixUp866d ago

I hate to be that guy, but its actually 25.3 million shipped. Before anyone jumps me, remember how quick everyone was to call Microsoft out on reporting Xbox One shipped totals instead of actual sold numbers. I'm sure Sony will reveal actual sales numbers at a later press event.

In any case PS4 still offers gamers a lot of content. It sells well because it appeals to a broader audience than its competitors' consoles do.

ZaWarudo866d ago

Yep. People are confusing shipped numbers with sale numbers.

Still, it's impressive considering PS4 sold 20.2 million as of March 2015. That's about 80% of the 25.3 million shipped. Crazy stuff.

FlexLuger866d ago

"PS4 is successful mainly for providing great games look at 2015 ps4 has more exclusives than nearest rival."

Lets talk about that for a bit. Personally I think the runaway success of the PS4 can be directly attributed to MS own blunders. When Ms announced its DRM..all sony had to was say..we are not doing DRM. When MS said always online..Sony said we are not always online. When MS announce their price point with mandatory kinect..sony told you you can have it cheaper without the camera...Maybe its just me..but Im pretty sure sony watched the backlash and reacted in their own E3..Evidenced in their jibe filled 2013 E3. NOt saying the PS4 is not a good console. That would be a lie. But its success has everything to do with MS own missteps. They pretty much gifted sony the win. But boy are the xbox games great right now.

"Order - Feb, Bloodborne & Helldrivers- march, Mlb show- may, Rocket league- July, Until Dawn & Everbody gone to rapture - August, Tearaway Unfold - September , Dragon quest Heroes & Uncharted collection- October, Disgaea 5 - November and Rime, Tomorrow children and Persona 5 - December."

See...here is what is funny about these lists..they cant be attributed to the PS4 success. Ill bet money that the only MLB, and uncharted collection see a top 10. The biggest selling games on PS4 are third party. Destiny,CoD, BF , fifa, madden and starwars will all chart well above the games you mentioned. So I dissagree that these games are the reason for its success. It launched as the cheaper console and it became public knowledge that it was more powerful and therefore would play those games that millions buy in the best possible visual quality. It also had good will handed to it by MS coutesy of the XB1 reveal.The PS4 demograph is 38% former xbox 360 owners. I wonder how many former Wii owners and PS3 owners make up the rest? but they clearly are not the people who buy disgea 5 and persona.The game charts show that.

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Christopher865d ago

***The biggest selling games on PS4 are third party. ***

That's the same with every console other than Wii, isn't it? I mean, MS consoles have may one more exclusive in the top ten, but those top charts are still dominated by your big third-party titles.

And, please don't try and make the forced packaging of Kinect Sports as a way to argue this. It was forced purchase for people who bought a Kinect bundle the same way Wii Sports was forced on people. It didn't stand on its own.

MasterCornholio865d ago (Edited 865d ago )

Your absolutely right with that.

:)

Unless it's a Nintendo system 3rd party sales almost always surpass 1st partys.

spacedelete865d ago (Edited 865d ago )

Halo and Gran Turismo sell way better than third party games and are amoung the highest selling games on the console. stop spouting things you have no clue about. if it wasn't for Halo the Xbox brand wouldn't even exist today.

Christopher865d ago

***Halo and Gran Turismo sell way better than third party games***

Overall, yes, but they are not the "biggest selling game" as I quoted.

***if it wasn't for Halo the Xbox brand wouldn't even exist today.***

Well, if it wasn't for any first-party title, I doubt any brand would exist today since it's what typically differentiates one brand from another as hardware becomes more and more similar over time. But that doesn't mean they are the "biggest selling games" on any platform. If a platform doesn't support third parties, they will go the way of WiiU and PSP/Vita.

FlexLuger865d ago

"And, please don't try and make the forced packaging of Kinect Sports as a way to argue this. It was forced purchase for people who bought a Kinect bundle the same way Wii Sports was forced on people. It didn't stand on its own."

kinect sports? What are you on about? It came bundled with anactual kinect..not a cheap game! lol..Let me get this straight...are you really trying to compare a $40 at best pack-in game with a $170 accessory? do you have ANY idea how stupid that sounds? NOt calling you stupid but think about what you just wrote.

Of course kinect can be attributed to the stalling of XB1 sales. people flat out said they would buy one as long as its bundled with kinect. ESPECIALLY on N4G..so please..spare me the bullshit. I dont think anybody was complaining about the budget game that came bundled with the cheapest console. in fact wii sports was the reason for the Wii's success. conversely kinect inflated the price of an XB1 above a PS4..so your comment is a bit ridiculous.

Christopher865d ago (Edited 865d ago )

***It came bundled with anactual kinect..not a cheap game! lol..Let me get this straight...are you really trying to compare a $40 at best pack-in game with a $170 accessory?***

Methinks you should read what I said again. No one said anything about hardware sales, it was solely about what are the type of best selling games on any platform.

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Wh15ky865d ago

I think you give the xbox brand too much credit.

The Xbox One was always going to struggle to keep up with the PS4. Releasing at the same time and at similar prices.

The main reason the 360 had so much success was due to Sonys missteps with the PS3's launch - delays, high price.

Microsofts blunders probably helped boost PS4's sales to some extent but nowhere near to the extent you seem to be suggesting.

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