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PS4 Will Hit 100 Million Units Faster Than Wii and Inline With the PS2

With many notable exclusives and an indie-friendly vibe, Sony's PlayStation 4 console is on track to sell 100 million units faster than the record-setting Wii. It’s also worth noting that it is outselling the PlayStation 2 at the same point in its life cycle.

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meep316169d ago

It’s weird because it feels smaller than ps2 and wii, maybe because retail software is shrinking as people buy more and more digital.

Eonjay169d ago

What do you mean smaller? Consoles aren't digital yet. 100 million PS4 and 100 million Wiis are the same quantity.

meep316169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

When you go to stores you see so many less games than before, many stores that used to carry games no longer do and stores like GameStop are losing money. 50% digital now and growing, it’s going to snowball even more.

_SilverHawk_169d ago (Edited 169d ago )

Ps4 is the best console available until ps5 is here which will be the best console again for its generation like every other playstation console that were the best for it's time. I liked the gamecube and the Wii a lot as a child which were proper appropriate systems for my age but looking back as a gamer I missed out a lot on thousands of games that were for ps2 and ps3 that were way better than games on gamecube and Wii. I cant believe the thousands of games and experiences I missed out on because I was young and naive especially games I could have played on the ps3. It's nice to go back and play some of the older playstation games on ps2 and ps3 but the experience is different than I would have had for the generation they were released in. I see some silly people making arguments about not knowing which one system they'd get next generation but a logical thinking person would know the ps5 is the best decision.

S2Killinit168d ago

@meep
maybe the stores you visited didn't have the entire library of games. This is actually the most likely scenario because the stand alone game stores are a dying breed because of places like Amazon, and yeah digital. But the actual library of games is way larger on the PS4. There is no way you can fit all of them in a single game store.

darthv72168d ago

I know what you mean meep. I was saying the other day how one of my favorite stores (frys electronics) had cut the amount of shelf space for games (and movies/music) way back and more items from other departments had moved in.

It just shows that stores cant allocate the same amount of space to current games because sales of digital is on the rise while retail is slumping. Thats just the way things go.

RosweeSon168d ago

But what’s heavier a tonne of feathers or rocks. 🤦🏻‍♂️😜

Kornholic168d ago

Digital is less than 50%. Nice try.

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Imortus_san169d ago

That's because PS2 retail games were triple of this gen, Sony also made more then triple the games for PS2, PS4 as much less Sony games then ever before, and if you take out the indie games the console as less games then any of the previous generations of PlayStation.

BrettAwesome168d ago

Probably because of the time and budget it takes to make AAA games these days.

Exvalos168d ago

Have to keep in mind during that generation Almost all 3rd party companies where pretty much only making games for Sony, capcom, konami, square enix for example.

Al_Simmons169d ago

Smaller? The exclusive library? If so, yes. PS2 had more exclusives.

meep316168d ago

Smaller as in retail space, it’s way less because of digital games and amazon.

Al_Simmons168d ago

@meep316 I am still not understanding the structure of your comment.

meep316168d ago (Edited 168d ago )

It’s not really that complicated, do you know what retail is and how/why it has an affect on perception of how popular a product is? Half games sold on ps4 are digital, and it’s having a huge negative affect on retail. Pretty soon you won’t even see anything other than recent aaa games in stores, kind of like how DVDs are now.

Maybe you just don’t remember the ps2 days, those games were everywhere... you could even rent them.

bluefox755168d ago

Obviously there will be more physical games sold when they're actually available. I'm not sure how this makes it feel "smaller" though.

Imortus_san168d ago

To people that do not Buy on the PS Store, there are 3 times less games in retail for PS4 then there were for PS2, since all PS2 games were retail only.

meep316168d ago (Edited 168d ago )

@Imortus_san I think maybe most posters here are too young to remember? Or maybe none of them shop?

Imortus_san168d ago (Edited 168d ago )

"Over 3,800 game titles have been released for the PS2" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
that's 3800 retail games

Of the 2000 PS4 games, about half or more are Digital only, cause they are very low budget games and Indie games, so it's normal to see less games on PS4 then on PS2.

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Maybay168d ago (Edited 168d ago )

Great achievement, though it was expected. Don Mattrick almost ruined Microsoft's gaming department (luckily Phil Spencer and his team rectified the issues), and Nintendo doesn't have the same third party support that Microsoft and Sony benefited from. Sony profited from Microsoft's stumbles and Nintendo's lack of technological interest (hardware not to the scale of Msft and Sne).

Next generation will be the battle of exclusives. Microsoft we know will be prepared because of those studio acquisitions. Sony also to a certain extent, though both Msft and Sne heavily rely on 3rd parties for sales (buying exclusive advertising deals and such). Nintendo will benefit the most because they often, at times, supports their own hardware masterfully.

I believe a lot of people are overlooking Google Stadia. If done right, a lot of casuals will flock over to their business platform. Also, Google has money and can buy exclusives outright to compete with anyone.

So I'll end by saying, congrats to Sony for winning this generation of console hardware sales (even though it was handed to you).

xX-oldboy-Xx168d ago

You do know it wasn't a dictatorship under Mattrick? The decisions weren't his alone. Everyone - EVERYONE - is accountable at xbox for the ones failure.

Imalwaysright168d ago

People that didn't have decision making power aren't responsible for what happened mainly their draconian policies and the decision to make kinect a mandatory purchase. These 2 things alone guaranteed that they would be lagging behind the PS4 for the whole generation by a wide margin but for MS, the Xbox 1 is far from being a failure. Profit wise is much more successful than the 360 and the original Xbox but if you ask gamers I have a feeling that most would say that it's their worst console.

xX-oldboy-Xx168d ago

Of course Jane the secretary had no say, but to say it was Don acting alone is ridiculous. He was a scape goat, I reckon Major Nelson is guilty of spouting some outlandish rubbish - toeing the company line no doubt.

Profits that are attributed to the amount of paid services I would think.

Imalwaysright167d ago (Edited 167d ago )

Yes services and software is where the money is in this industry and that goes for all the platform holders and as for MS mistakes they have to be attributed to the man that was responsible for the division and MS CEO. Yes, some of the comments that were made by Penello, Major Nelson and that "deal with it" dude didn't help but the X1 was already a sinking ship due to the dumbass decisions made by those that had decision making power.

xX-oldboy-Xx167d ago

Like I said - it's not a dictatorship, one man does not make the decision alone. It would be voted and discussed upon, he was just the spokesman - much like a President or Prime Minister.

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Abnor_Mal168d ago

"Microsoft we know will be prepared because of those studio acqusitions. Sony also to a certain extent..."

So some newly acquired studios which haven't proven themselves yet under MS tutelage are a sure bet for the "battle of exclusives". Yet Sony who have proven game of the year winners and contenders for the pass few years won't be prepared or at least to a "certain extent" for the "battle of the exclusives" next gen? Riiiight, okay then.

WelkinCole168d ago

PS4 success has very little to do with MS mistake. If it was then the Wii-U would have also sold better.

Exvalos168d ago

What did Phil and his team rectify? There has not been a single must have game from xbox since phil took over.

King_Noctis168d ago

Really? Not even Forza Horizon 4 which was 2018 racing of the year?

Razzer168d ago

"So I'll end by saying, congrats to Sony for winning this generation of console hardware sales (even though it was handed to you)."

Nope. Sony won with simplicity. Nothing more than a great console at a great price with some great games. You can be butthurt about this gen all you want but to say it was handed to Sony is delusional fanboy nonsense.

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PhoenixUp168d ago

I’m amazed PS4 is still selling faster than PS2 despite having a smaller presence in Japan

xX-oldboy-Xx168d ago

And those 2 consoles didn't have mobile gaming exploding around them, PS4 won't outsell PS2 but its another fantastic console by Sony. I reckon they'll do between 110 - 120 lifetime sales.

Numbers some companies can oyndream of.

S2Killinit168d ago

I never thought this would be possible. Remember how fast the Wii was selling when it launched?

PhoenixUp168d ago

Wii sales started dramatically slowing down later in its lifecycle

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