The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006 and has gone on to sell just over 80 million units to date. The PlayStation 4 launched last month and Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House has told MCVUK already said the PlayStation 4 will outsell the PlayStation 3.
"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," said House. "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," House continued. "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," added House. "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."
The PlayStation 4 has already sold 2.1 million units as of December 1 and broke worldwide launch records. The PS4 sold more than one million units in its launch in North America and 700,000 units Europe.