2015 is well and truly underway – and it certainly is a happy new year for Sony.
The Japanese tech manufacturer seems to have struck gold with the Playstation 4, with the console shifting an impressive 18.5 million units in just over a year. To put that into perspective, Nintendo’s Wii U is currently around the 8.7 million mark, two years after release, and Microsoft’s Xbox One is only just ahead of the Wii U, with around 10 million consoles shipped to retailers in just over a year.
In an age where smartphones are king, and casual fare like Angry Birds dominates the gaming landscape, its great to see that there’s still a huge appetite for a traditional, game focused device.
Yet, its a phenomenon even Sony themselves weren’t expecting, with Playstation president Shuhei Yoshid apparently also bemused by PS4’s stellar sales: “It’s just beyond our imagination. We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what’s happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right? It defied the conventional thinking.”
After Xbox One misjudging the market with a Kinect and online only focused console, and Nintendo’s poorly named console causing market confusion, it seems PS4 was the result of a perfect storm that not even Sony could have planned for.
2015 looks like a great year for PS4 owners and gaming in general – and personally, we can’t wait to see where it takes us.