The financial report of the Japanese manufacturer reveals a new and round bar to which its latest console arrived, while Nintendo also has good reasons to smile
We are aware that these things are dynamic and may change as time goes on, but so far, about 4 years after it officially began - it can be safely stated that Sony Unquestionably controls the home consoles market within the eighth generation.
Sony 's ray of light
The report of the Japanese company for the end of its fiscal year 2016 (which ended in calendar in March 2017) provided us with an official statement that the company managed to cross the bar of 60 million Consoles Playstation 4, of all types, who came to the stores - and although not technically the same figure as 60 million sales to consumers themselves (part of that number is in the inventory of the various stores), this is the manufacturer of which because the sale to stores is the major part In the revenue of the field, and is probably not too far from the practical number of sales.
Sony's achievement is impressive in several respects, both because Microsoft has not yet announced sales of 30's 1 million-Xbox One (This figure was about 26 million Consoles Last January reports, so that is likely to happen in the coming months) And so we seem to have increased the relative gaps in racing between the game machine pair - and because it comes about three and a half years after the brand's initial launch, which is a decidedly impressive pace of progress and popularity for God-Playstation 4, if you consider that thePlaystation 3 has reached sales of 50 million units within four and a half years since its launch.
Last year was the best of thePS4 So far, and one of the best for a home console ever with 20 million units brought to the retail chains, and Sony expects strong demand this year as well, with the intention of bringing over 18 million more units to its various marketing partners - with such a trend allowingPlaystation 4 to exceed the total sales volume of thePlaystation 3 (about 86 million consoles) by the end of next year, and continue to cross the sales threshold of 100 million units at the end of the 2019 value, about six years after the initial official launch. very impressive.
Undoubtedly, the launch of the enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro version has contributed significantly and will continue to contribute to the continued popularity of the PlayStation 4 brand in the future, while past consoles have, in most cases, introduced one specific type of hardware that needs to remain relevant for close to a decade - but That was exactly our main hope as we discovered that Consoles The new generation Sony and Microsoft have adopted a very similar architecture (or even the same, if you like) to that of PCs, and now we see the potential advantage of the decision to be practical. On the bottom line, Sony seems to be able to choose and extend the life of the "Playstation 4 unprecedented with more improved and updated versions in the future, making it pretty easy to become the best-selling "console" of all time, even if under the surface these are units with different capabilities that only share software and model among them.
The conditions of the battlefield have changed?
Sony's leadership over Microsoft and theXbox One It's huge, and it's actually on the rise, but it's really not worth eulogizing the actress from Redmond, who has already made it clear to us on several occasions that her console is just one part of the world of software and hardware services it builds. Sales of the console are important, of course, but Microsoft now places emphasis on converting many exclusive games into the PC market and developing cross-platform online gaming capabilities that may undermine the severity of sales but at the same time help to strengthen the relevance and attractiveness of Windows 10 as a gaming platform (with over half a billion potential consumers).
In comparison with current and future ones, it is best to remember that Sony may be the winner of the race, but in a game in which the goals of each participant are different, and success may be expressed in different ways and terms.
There is an alternative
In addition to Sony 's huge data, Nintendo Wii For its new Switch console, it continues to surprise everyone - with worldwide sales of 2.74 million units, in its first month since launch.
This is a growth of almost 40 per cent in relation to the company's expectations and hopes just before embarking, and in fact, which bypasses the demand for the PlayStation 4,Xbox One At the beginning of their launch, there are quite a few reasons for optimism here - and thanks to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which somehow managed to sell makes copies of the console itself (2.76 million copies for the Switch devices), which is probably indicative of users purchasing The game even when the console itself is unavailable.
Nintendo hopes to sell 10 another 1 million units of Switch in its first year,Wii Which has failed in more than four years. Does this mean that Microsoft and Sony have reason to start worrying about their top position? Not yet, but it is certainly a good time to remember that the world of consoles is not composed of only two representatives, to our delight.