The PlayStation 4 is entering the final phase of its life cycle, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO.
In a recent meeting with analysts and investors, CEO John Kodera reported that Sony’s current console was entering its “final life cycle,” having reached a point where nearly 80 million units have been shipped and hardware sales are expected to be lower. Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki collected his statements in Japanese, which were then translated by Gematsu.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 22, 2018
According to Kodera, while hardware sales are expected to decline slightly, the sale of games and subscription services like PlayStation Plus could help Sony ease into the new sales state of the hardware. Kodera plans for Sony to focus on game creation and grow and improve existing services like PlayStation Plus, the PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Now, getting a solid footing there until Sony makes its next big steps forwards in 2021 and beyond.
Kodera also spoke briefly about the state of PlayStation VR. While he noted that the PlayStation VR market is slowly growing, the industry’s growth as a whole is “below market expectations.” While the current growth is “healthy,” most focus will return to the PlayStation 4.
While the PlayStation 4 may be in its final phase, it seems that Kodera plans for this phase to last for a while. The PlayStation 4 isn’t in any danger of disappearing overnight; instead, it seems that Sony merely plans to stop and strengthen what already exists and turn focus away from the hardware and towards games and services.
Sony may reveal more at this year’s E3, which runs from June 12th to June 14th. We’ll keep an eye out for any upcoming announcements.
Source: Takashi Mochizuki