Report: Sony will have 16 million PS4 consoles available at launch
- Posted March 5th, 2013 at 22:04 EDT by Timothy Weaver
- 15 Comments
According to sources from the companies making PS4 components, Sony is aiming to have 16 million PlayStation 4 units available at launch this year, with component shipments happening sometime in August.
According to the DigiTimes, the aforementioned sources have detailed that Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology are manufacturing the console, with the beginning phase having already started. Once August arrives, the components will do the same, and full-scale console production will begin.
By the looks of it, Sony isn't playing around with PS4's launch and wants to ensure that everyone who wants a next-gen console will get one--a stark contrast to stifled console and technology launches of recent years. Tell us what you think of this move in the comments below. Will you be in line for a PS4 on launch day?
- 11:03pm EST - March 5th, 2013
If they can fill the shelves it makes it easier to buy if the demand is there, also the high bulk numbers could reduce the price enough that they might be able to deliver it for a decent price. But the question still remains: will people choose to trade up or hold on to their PS3s?
- 11:18pm EST - March 5th, 2013
The source says nothing at all about 16 million at launch, and you should have probably guessed that 16 million at launch is a bit too high. "Sony to push for 16 million PS4 shipments in 2013, say sources" As most businesses don't use the standard calender year, this 16 million is probably for the Fiscal Year 2013(1 April '13 to 31 March '14.)
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 11:31pm EST - March 5th, 2013
@1- Take a look at ebay. Ever since the announcment of the PS4, ebay has lit up with used PS3s, and the prices have dropped dramaticly. You can get a fully functional PS3 for $50 at times. Trust me, it has already begun. lol =)
Article- I had a feeling Sony was doing something different with the production of the PS4. Since they stopped the production of the PS2 in Jan, it gives Sony a head start to get everything together for production. And by the sounds of it, Sony isn't wasting time this time around. Im definitly going to be in line day one of launch. =)
Syphon_Filter | Syphon_Filter2
- 1:32am EST - March 6th, 2013
Thats good news. I don't want to wait for weeks to get my hands on PS4 as it happened with the PS3. Iam sure everybody wants to get it.
BeastParty | demandingbenny
- 1:46am EST - March 6th, 2013
I hope this is true, it's good to hear they really have their heads in the game. I have faith in Sony, so far signs are pointing to a great new start for playstation fans.
OsborneLV | Eric_Osborne
- 2:42am EST - March 6th, 2013
I will be buying the PS4 day one, most likely be calling in sick that day as well! I just hope they offer +2TB space for the high-end models, I need the space - I support all digital now, and plan to go 100% digital next gen :) BTW I plan to keep my PS3, i just got the white 500GB super slim for a reason, its going to be my first keeper as far as old generation consoles go.
- 6:58am EST - March 6th, 2013
I'm getting a PS4 asap and keeping my PS3.
sony1978a | Aked
- 7:58am EST - March 6th, 2013
yea the same, i will keep my PS3, and i will get PS4 at launch, i just hope the PS4 wont cost me 1000 AU$$ like the PS3 did :(
DeadCrow | xSoloWing--
- 8:29am EST - March 6th, 2013
Once Sony says pre-order will be available, going to pre-order the next second.
- 8:37am EST - March 6th, 2013
Colour me skeptical. I can not for one second belive Sony will have 16m PS4's available for launch, not even the launch window (i.e. covering sales across multiple regions and a staggered launch in Japan, NA and EU). Why? Because quite frankly those would be insane sales figures. No other home console has got close to those figures... ever, for a launch. Not PS1, PS2 or Wii. Which are the top 3 fastest selling consoles at launch I believe. Even 16m in FY2013 with a proposed launch in say October 2013, thus running sales all the way to March 31st 2014 would be extremely ambitious. 16m units in, what? 5 months, that's 3.2m units per month. If anyone out there thinks that's possible at the launch of an expensive and luxury consumer electronic item, that performs a specialised and niche function, I'd humbly suggest you're bonkers. I expect the PS4 to have a successful launch, and maybe if the price is right (£299 or thereabouts) I think they could get close to topling some of those sales records IF the software lineup is as compelling as it potentially looks like being... BUT... 16m? I don't know, that's a HUGE ask. I'd be over joyed if they did it and got the sales, but it's unrealistic.
TristanPR77 | Tristan77
- 9:26am EST - March 6th, 2013
I will have my PS4 on the mid night event and I will keep my PS3.
Eliphaz Levi | Eliphaz
- 9:58am EST - March 6th, 2013
Ps3 is a keeper. & I'm patiently awaiting pre order availability.
SHAZZMAZZ | SHAZZMAZZ
- 12:03pm EST - March 6th, 2013
16 million is that all
- 2:17pm EST - March 6th, 2013
im with @12 (and the others who said the same),,,i'll be keeping the ole ps3. I made the mistake of ditching out my ps2 when i got the ps3... and then backwards compatibility went out the window. certain things didn't work with backwards compatibility anyway... and with downloadable ps2 games you also lost features (like multiplayer). Huge mistake to give up your old console. For the $50 bucks that one dude is saying ps3's are going for... that wont even put a dent in the cost of a ps4.... just not worth selling.
- 4:25pm EST - March 6th, 2013
@Gameoholic007 Speculative ebay sales notwithstanding, the problem is we're technically seeing that with the Wiiu's disappointing sales (which I predicted, BTW) that if the public isn't ready for a new console then they simply wont buy it in large numbers. There's no doubt a bunch of people will sell their old machines at the announcement of a new console, and there's no doubt that people will line up just for the potential to preorder a new one, but what I'm saying is will there be enough demand to clear the shelves and force stores to order more systems quickly? Or will the first shipments just sit around like the Wiiu. If people are too content with their PS3s or 360s because they feel like this generations is launching too soon sales will be slow and I'm not even factoring in system prices which might be better than they were at the launch of the current generation.
alrightiwill333 has a good point, though this should be specified as a "release window" number rather than a "Day 1 release" number. I wouldn't say it's impossible to have huge shipments ready the first month or so. Sony tried to ship 400,000 PS3s in North America but only managed 240,000 as their factories struggled to get the system out, if the factories are ready to start production they could meet that goal this time (they've cracked the whole "bluray laser issue" that slowed them down last time for sure by now), especially if they start building them earlier, then let's say they have 150,000 ready for Japanese stores on day 1 (that'd be almost double the sales they did with PS3) at 4 shipments per month they could have shipped about 6.5 million PS4s in the first 3 months and that's just two regions. Add in Europe and they have the potential to hit 10-16 million easy before the end of 2014, but I see that as a best case scenario.
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