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Sony Aims to Sell Five Million PS4s by April

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Sony talks PS4 sales goals at the Tokyo Game Show.

Sony's PS4 hasn't even gone on sale yet, but the company is already talking about how many consoles it hopes to sell in the first five months of availability. Speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House said the company is hoping to shift five million PS4 units by the end of the company's fiscal year (March 31). 

The PS4 will have to sell really well in those first few months, though, as it's only launching in the US and Canada on November 15. It'll hit the UK on November 29, but it's not going on sale in Japan until February of 2014. According to Reuters, Sony sold just 3.6 million PS3 consoles over the same period of time when the PS3 launched in November of 2006.

The PS4 packs an eight-core 64-bit x86 Jaguar CPU from AMD; a GPU with a unified array of 18 compute units, collectively capable of generating 1.84 teraflops of processing power; 8 GB of RAM; 802.11n WiFi; Bluetooth 2.1; USB 3.0; and an upgradeable 500 GB hard drive. It'll be priced at $399 when it does go on sale in November.

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    wemakeourfuture , September 22, 2013 6:10 AM
    What's amazing is how the smartphone revolution has made these console numbers look insignificant.

    Smartphones like the iPhone, are more expensive, have high profit margins and sell more on the opening day then consoles can sell in the first 4-6 months.

    Amazing to contrast the stock price of the companies who did well in the smartphone space versus old electronic companies that couldn't.

    Great for Sony on these numbers, but as in investor you still have to worry about being in Sony.
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    Johnny_C13 , September 22, 2013 6:26 AM
    Well, considering the PS3's launch was surrounded in negativity (dat price!), and STILL managed to sell 3.6mil... 5mil is definitely manageable.
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    soldier44 , September 22, 2013 6:38 AM
    Even though its outdated already when compared to my current gen PC, I will still pick one up for a few games that don't make it to PC. The Division comes to mind.
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    nieur , September 22, 2013 7:19 AM
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    Even though its outdated already when compared to my current gen PC, I will still pick one up for a few games that don't make it to PC. The Division comes to mind.

    I think The Division is coming to PC
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    Smokedatoke , September 22, 2013 7:25 AM
    @Soldier44 Ubisoft already confirmed The Division for PC after the petition received 100k signatures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F-Xu1S9wv0&feature=player_embedded
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    getochkn , September 22, 2013 7:32 AM
    Of course they say by March cause they probably won't have any supply till then. Sony is already worried about stock shortages.

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/sony-ps4-release-date-could-be-followed-by-four-months-of-stock-shortages
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    chumly , September 22, 2013 8:07 AM
    Can it play games better than a $400 gaming computer? Probably not. It's also worth mentioning that a multitude of games are free for PC (in fact some of the most popular are). There won't be free games with the PS4. What am I missing? I think it's time to start phasing consoles out.
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    getochkn , September 22, 2013 8:16 AM
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    Can it play games better than a $400 gaming computer? Probably not. It's also worth mentioning that a multitude of games are free for PC (in fact some of the most popular are). There won't be free games with the PS4. What am I missing? I think it's time to start phasing consoles out.


    Show me a $400 gaming computer build, with OS, 8 core, 8 GB ram and if you can even build one for that, I bet the consoles will play it better as of the date the console launches. In 6 years, a $400 PC might beat it, but then the console will be $200 then.
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    Duckhunt , September 22, 2013 9:28 AM
    please run natively at 1440p or higher.
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    Blessedman , September 22, 2013 10:23 AM
    If console manufacturers took a page from the cell phone companies they could easily do this. If I could go to the store and buy the console for $100 and pay $20 a month for two years to use their console, I would totally get on board. Obviously you would still have the option of just buying the console straight up. Then after the initial two year contract is over, the monthly charge is reduced to say $10 a month (after the console and R&D is paid for). If you choose to cancel your account you are charged full price for the console.
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    goodguy713 , September 22, 2013 11:00 AM
    well all pre orders are sold out ..it might be a while before you can get your hands on one..
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    Shin-san , September 22, 2013 11:22 AM
    1440p or higher is a good demand, but likely the resolution will continue to drop to 720 again
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    shikamaru31789 , September 22, 2013 12:34 PM
    I'd say that they could sell 5 million, they've already past 1 million preorders. However, supply will have to meet demand for that to happen, can they really manufacture 5 million PS4's by April? I remember the PS3 being sold out at my local retail stores for months after it's release.
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    xiinc37 , September 22, 2013 1:26 PM
    720 at 30fps no less
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    tului , September 22, 2013 2:02 PM
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    1440p or higher is a good demand, but likely the resolution will continue to drop to 720 again


    If consoles keep my PC gaming stagnant even more I'm going to really start to disparage the console morons and their low budget systems.
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    m32 , September 22, 2013 3:39 PM
    Run 1440p? Most gaming computers can't run 1440p, so please (for the guys that are saying it)...... stop.
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    elexor , September 22, 2013 6:14 PM
    That's bs the average gaming pc can do it. Been running 1440p for 5+ years and my pc isn't exactly top end. New consoles are finally rendering at 1080p lets see how long the devs last before they start sacrificing resolution and framerate for "better graphics".
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    lmlim , September 22, 2013 7:24 PM
    I'd say Jailbroken-ability of PS4 has some contribution to the overall sales numbers. :-)
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    falchard , September 23, 2013 1:19 AM
    Can AMD even make that many processors including the ones for the Xbone, the APUs, and their GPUs? It might be a bigger drain than they can handle considering their only options are TSMC, GF, and Samsung.
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    kartu , September 23, 2013 3:54 AM
    If anything, these numbers are rather modest (production shortages?).


    Quote:
    What's amazing is how the smartphone revolution has made these console numbers look insignificant.

    Smartphones like the iPhone, are more expensive, have high profit margins and sell more on the opening day then consoles can sell in the first 4-6 months.

    Amazing to contrast the stock price of the companies who did well in the smartphone space versus old electronic companies that couldn't.


    It's not the same business models, you iLols. Sony is LOSING money on each console (though not even remotely as much as they did with PS3). What they make money on is: games. Each sold console brings 2.5 games sold every year. With average price being 40$ that's 100$ per year. There are about 80 million PS3s in the wilds. Now go and compare numbers again.

    GTA V made 1 billion during ONE WEEK. Now go compare that to entire "smartphone gaming" revenue...


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    Great for Sony on these numbers, but as in investor you still have to worry about being in Sony.

    Oh dear...
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