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The head of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has said that PlayStation 4 has the ability to surpass sales of its predecessor, which has already sold over 80 million units to date.
Speaking with MCV (via GI.biz), Andrew House reckons the PS4’s price point and array of multi-media features give it an early advantage compared to the PS3, which got off to a slow start at retail.
“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. 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. 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.”
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