Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sony Plans To Sell 5 Million PS4s By End Of Fiscal Year 2013

Sony Plans To Sell 5 Million PS4s By End Of Fiscal Year 2013

Sony, bolstered by the high-volume success of PS4 thus far as gauged by preorders and high demand, has made known at TGS that it’s projected to sell 5 million units by the end of fiscal year 2013, which ends on March 31st, 2014. For comparison, PS3 sold 1.7 million units at its launch.

At first, Head of SCE Andrew House said it was at the end of 2013, but Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s worldwide studios boss, clarified that it was actually fiscal year 2013 which, as stated above, is at the end of March next year.

Still though, and compared to PS3 or any other console, that’s a huge amount of units.

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  • Tim

    Think they will achieve that easily, given the pent-up demand, they could probably sell 5 million in holiday season alone.

  • ernicegilbert

    Tim, that would be the biggest launch in console history!

  • ernicegilbert

    Tim, that would be the biggest launch in console history!

  • dan

    There are currently c.150 million PS3/X360 current gen console owners in the world and growing, and I would imagine 80-90% of them will upgrade to next gen PS4/X1 consoles over the next 2 -3 years, so 5 million seems a pretty conservative number – I think the PS4 will sell as fast as Sony can manufacture them.

    (Also, if Sony and Microsoft can open up fast growing countries like China, Brazil, India, etc…, then they could sell double the number, the problem is piracy is rampant in these countries.)

  • ernicegilbert

    Great points, Dan. Still, with the rise of tablets and smartphones (not saying they’ll have any effect), it’ll be interesting to see the sales numbers.

    If Sony can do better, then all the naysayers will, once again, be proven to be wrong. And there’s nothing better that I’d like.

    Great points, though!

  • dan

    Tablets and smartphones are hitting the casual/infant console market, those have taken the audience away from Nintendo, look at the sad sales of WiiU.

    PS3/X360 gamers are core gamers who love playing immersive and graphics rich games on a big screen TV with a proper controller – totally different market. They will buy PS4/X1 by the boatload. These gamers play mobile games on the go or on the train, etc… but get very bored very quickly of mobile games like Angry Birds, Candy Crush, etc… with repetitive, restrictive touch screen controls.

  • ernicegilbert

    Strong points, Dan. Very remarkable observations. I still hope that somehow Wii U can be salvaged….