PlayStation 4 is now the second best-selling home console of all the times surpassing its ancestor, the original PlayStation. Sony has just announced its second-quarter earnings report, and according to the numbers, Sony has sold 2.8 million PlayStation 4 consoles during its previous fiscal year between July and September.
The 100 million sales hit was made by Sony three months ago, and after the second quarter, the total is at 102.8 million. The original Play Station by Sony was a huge success in the gaming world with a sales total of 102.5 million units while its competitors, Nintendo Wii, sold a total of 101.6 million units during its entire lifetime.
PlayStation 4 sales surpassed all and secured its spot at number two on the list of the best-selling home consoles. Currently, Sony’s very own PlayStation 2 has the first spot by selling a staggering 155 million units in its lifetime.
With a gaming revenue that is down to 17 percent and declining profits by 28 percent, Sony has decided to reduce its PlayStation 4 console from 15 million units to 13.5 million units. With numbers so huge to match, let alone surpass, we can only wait for the next home console even to try and touch that threshold.
Even though Sony has announced the launch of PlayStation 5 next holiday season, Sony isn’t the only one with upgraded consoles waiting to make the next big win. Xbox is launching its next-generation console, Scarlette, around the same time. While Microsoft is working on Project XCloud, and our very own Google is preparing for Google Stadia.
With new impressive features providing the tactile experience of virtual worlds and a brand new controller, PlayStation 5 surely has some pretty big shoes to fill.
“One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion,” the president and chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan said in an interview.
With the popularity of home consoles coming to an end, will PlayStation 5’s so-called “haptic feedback” make any difference remains a question.
“With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” Ryan said.
While PlayStation 5 is on its way, Sony is not ready to let go PlayStation 4 yet. The Last of Us II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Death Stranding are just some of the most awaited releases gamers all around are waiting to happen.
As more and more people are moving on to streaming games by cloud and other devices or onto mobile games, the market for the home console is going down steadily. And to keep this market alive, developers are working hard to bring it back to life. However, the die-hard fans are still being loyal, keeping the market afloat.