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Wii U is a 'potential risk' to PlayStation, admits Sony

13 June 2012

Sony has conceded that its PlayStation business may be at risk from Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console, but ultimately believes the company has enough quality products to keep punters happy.

Speaking with GI.biz, Jim Ryan, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), said that at the end of the day, it all comes down to available content – something which Sony is feeling very confident about.

“It’s obviously a potential risk but we feel really good about our content,” said Ryan. “Obviously, it comes down to content. There are people who buy gadgets for the sake of gadget, but that’s pretty niche.”

“We feel good about our line-up that we showed at E3. We’re very excited about publishing it. We’ve got 30 million (hardware sales target) for this year, it’s a big number but we’ve got the tools to out and deliver that,” he added.

Elsewhere, the executive also trumpeted Sony’s continued push for new IP this far into PS3’s lifecycle, highlighting the likes of Beyond: Two Souls from Quantic Dream among others.

"It becomes economically easier if you've got an installed base of 64 million," he said. "Making that financial commitment to this sort of thing is a lot easier than if you've got 6 million." We're certainly not complaining about the likes of David Cage's Beyond and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us being on the horizon.”


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