Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House believes that the PlayStation 4 will be able to “significantly exceed” what the PlayStation 3 has achieved since it launched seven years ago.
Sony announced last month that the PlayStation 3 had sold 80 million units to retailers since its release in 2006. House recently revealed that the PlayStation 4 has sold 2.1 million units since launching in North America on November 15.
“It has an opportunity to significantly exceed what we’ve been able to achieve with PS3 and there’s a couple of reasons for that,” House told MCV. “We start off with a price point that is much more consumer friendly than was there for the PS3.
“Also, one of the success stories for the business as a whole has been our ability to open up new geographies for video games over the last five years. You are seeing opportunities for new markets that we haven’t tapped into.
“The other point is that we took several years to take PS3 from being a dual function device to a multi-functional entertainment device,” House added. “PS4 arrives with a full suite of those non-game entertainment services right from day one.
“And that’s important because there will be someone who wants this as a games device, but the fact it is a great place to view BBC iPlayer, for example, gives other family members reason to use it. That is crucial in broadening what the console’s reach could be.”