Sony’s PlayStation 4 has become the de facto choice for console gamers this generation, but that hasn’t stopped Sony from spilling the beans that its days are numbered.
Speaking during Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting, PlayStation boss John Kodera warned that the PS4’s sales were expected to slow to 16 million consoles this year, compared with 19 million over the previous 12 months.
That is not entirely surprising at this point. Sony has sold close to 80 million PS4s at this point. If there’s someone out there without one at this point, it’s getting more difficult to find them.
However, Sony is fairly nonplussed about waning sales. The company recently hit 80 million active PSN users per month, with high profile exclusive titles such as The Last of Us 2, Detroit: Become Human and Days Gone also expected to be big successes.
The outlook isn’t as positive for PlayStation VR and PlayStation Vue. Sony remains the producer of the best-selling virtual reality headset on the market, but a lack of ‘killer apps’ have meant that it still hasn’t met internal expectations. Similarly, the Vue live TV streaming service isn’t going gangbusters either.
Summing things up, Kodera stated that the company will be busy at work behind the scenes between now and 2021, hinting at the likelihood of a PS5 – or other big new idea – coming in the next couple of years.
Again, this isn’t really surprising. Asides from a few small pockets of the internet, nobody is really expecting new Sony hardware at E3 next month. We have heard some rumours of dev kits for a new Sony platform being sent out to developers though so we will no doubt see something from the PlayStation maker sooner or later.