It has been just over a year since Sony’s new gaming console, the PlayStation 4, was released. The console has done spectacularly well in the market during its first year, it has kept rival Xbox One at bay when it comes to sales all year long. The company has shipped 13.5 million units already and it managed to sell 10 million units a full three months before the Xbox One achieved that milestone. Regarding the life cycle of this console Sony expects the PlayStation 4 to last on the market longer than the PlayStation 3.
One should not forget that its not particularly easy to judge the life cycle of a product after its only been around for one year and compare it with the life cycles of its predecessors, however according to the company, the early indicators have been extremely positive.
At Sony’s Investors Relations Day in Tokyo the president of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House, would only give a conservative estimate regarding the life cycle of the PS4. He did point out that sales of PS4 in its first year on the market are “significantly outpacing those of PlayStation 2.”
It goes without saying that the PlayStation 2 was one of the most commercially successful consoles that Sony ever built, some even think that it might be the most commercially successful console ever created by any company that dabbles in consoles.
The only guidance that Andrew House would offer at this point in time was that the company has “high hopes” for the PlayStation 4 to exceed overall life cycle of PlayStation 3, but does point towards the obviously, there a “significant question mark” over whether or not it will approach or trump the life cycle of PlayStation 2. That’s something I’m sure many of us would like to know.