- Oct 22, 2013
Exactly. If they're waiting for their next console to always sell more than its predecessor, their business will never grow.So true.
PS1 sold 100 million units alone. And that was 20 years ago by the time it ended. PS2 was 150. PS3 close to 90. PS4 120. PS5? Who knows it just started.
Gaming has grown immensely, with big game makers and console makers with digital storefronts hoarding big money now with mtx. A lot of retail store cuts are gone and shifted to console and Steam storefronts. PC retailer cuts are basically all gone.
Despite huge gaming revenue, console units for Nintendo, MS, Sony as a combined total havent budged since the PS2 days when consoles and handhelds were probably 300 million. Now someone will say Nintendo is killing two birds with one stone with Switch, but it doesn't matter. You'd think with how big gaming is globally that hardware sales should probably approach 400 or 500 million by now. But it hasnt. If the 32-bit era of PS1, Saturn, N64 and Gameboys can combine for like 200 million units that period, how can modern day not be double that? The console/handheld gamer base looks like it hasnt budged anywhere and the big gamer shift (pie slice expansion) is gamers preferring mobile or PC.
Sony has that Fate Order mobile game which drives billions in revenue alone for years so they know what's it like to expand to cellphone games.
Once again. Yeah, PS+ can give them a lot of money but it will ALWAYS be limited by the number of consoles sold. You have to accept that many people simply won't buy a PS5, no matter how much you love the console. So Sony has a choice to make here - should I keep content and depend solely on the consoles I'll sell this gen, or maybe, think outside of the box and offer our experiences to people that don't want to buy our console?The most profits Sony get are from PSN+ subscription (they would lose that huge income if people move from Playstation platform to Steam), and third party royalties (physical and digital). So 120m consoles always will be better for Sony that 100 million consoles (20 moving to PC) to sell their first party games on PC.
This move is super dumb because they are not releasing their own store on PC, they are using the competence. They are not competence? so its not steam deck a portable console? what will release after steam deck from Valve or even third party vendors? Sony is trying a short-term growth at expense of the future of the brand (5-7 years in the future). This will affect PS5, but will kill a future PS6.
Because if you're going to wait on consoles sold to drive your business, you will stagnate eventually. Selling their services/games somewhere else will prevent that from happening. Fate/Grand Order, PSNow, Games on PC, all of this has helped them grow as a brand, and none of them are tied to consoles sold. MS understands this, Apple understands this, Google understands this, why wouldn't Sony? If Samsung didn't sell components to other brands, they wouldn't be as big as they are now. Same with Sony on their Camera department.
Also, you seem to forget one thing. This doesn't mean Sony will sell all their games on PC, these games are more like an appetiser for people to see the type of experiences they're missing by not having a Playstation. Offering some of your services on other platforms can act as a Trojan horse to actually sell more of your products. Apple Music exists on Android and Windows, but the premium experience is within the Apple platform. Youtube exists on iPhone, but its integration on Android with all the other Google services makes it enticing to switch (even though Google services are pretty good on iOS). MS is the only one playing differently, but that's because it's a win win situation for them. You sell your services on another platform and even if you don't get those people to switch, you will still have their money anyway.
The PS6 will exist if Sony still has their focus on home consoles (which I doubt they will ever abandon unless streaming because like a 1:1 experience somehow), they won't become solely a PC publisher in the future, that doesn't make any sense. These recent moves don't take away the focus from the console itself, it simply helps expand the brand and open its doors to future growth.
Growth = success, it is what it is. Playstation is more than a console, it's a brand now.