When it comes to big numbers, Sony has achieved just that by reaching a sales figure of 4.2 million units in what they call “exact sales” for the PlayStation 4 gaming console. The Japanese company’s big score was revealed at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where it was possible to try out the new power streaming setup for the game which is already accomplishing some eagerly-anticipated expectations on the cloud. Concurrently, Sony sold 9.7 million PlayStation 4 games, both in the stores and online between November 15 and December 28 last year. Some of the most popular of games that were favored by customers include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, FIFA 14 and Killzone: Shadow Fall.
Although testers at CES found that the image and responsiveness of the PlayStation Now was a bit sluggish, playing a game is still a very satisfactory experience. Using four different demos from 2013’s most popular games, this year’s CES on-the-spot consumer trials were seamless, despite a slight pause for loading time. The idea is that games can be played on the cloud and fans’ gaming libraries will increase to include the possibility to play a variety of games on such devices as the PS3, PS4, tablets and smartphones. This is considered a vital necessity as the PlayStation 4 is not compatible with previous PlayStation consoles.
Equally important is the dispensing with of puchasing of a $500 box, and instead buying a cheaper box or, better yet, no box at all. However, it is necessary to have an account from which customers are allowed to participate in games from anywhere providing a quality standard experience each time a player logs in. Sony plans to offer the new gaming experience under a subscription method, which has yet to be precisely revealed, but hints at the future, including the possibility to rent individual game titles. This on-demand content service is scheduled to be both given a name and become available in June of this year. In the meantime, Sony announced that subscriptions to PlayStation Plus rose more than 90 percent since PlayStation 4 was put on the market, with 20 percent of Twitch users accessing PS4.
In high competition with Sony is Xbox’s third generation of games, costing a hundred dollars more than the PlayStation 4. But cost comparison aside for the moment, Sony edged out as the winner in worldwide sales. Representatives for Sony stated that they didn’t feel the lead was ultimately the end game. However, Sony is fully focused on their new product, which has great potential to grow even larger, reaching more customers. At the same time, Sony continues to back the traditional physical consoles because, as the world knows, it’s been a big part of their already legendary history in the modern era of gaming consoles tradition. A figure of 4.2 million units sold in a little over a month might be a big number for some, but Sony’s PlayStation 4 is aiming to score higher and everyone is on their little list.
By Persephone Abbott