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Sony Japan: PS4 unlikely to hit PS2 lifetime sales, but we'll do our best

on 24 February 2014

The president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia has conceded that it is unlikely for a home console in today’s market to match the monumental sales milestone achieved by the PlayStation 2, but didn’t rule it out entirely.

Speaking with Inside Games (via VG247) following the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Japan, Hiroshi Kawano commented, “As we all know, unfortunately the sales of the PS3 didn’t even get near the sales of the PS2. It mat be difficult for a home console now, but I think we shouldn’t say it’s impossible unconditionally.

“However, I believe it’s possible to expand the popularity of the PS4 by providing a rich gaming experience and making use of the fusion of network service and high performance that is possible only on home consoles.”

“When we talk on whether it’ll match the sales of the PS2 numerically, we’ll have to do our best in the future.”

PS2 was released in March 2000 in Japan before arriving in the west later that year. It would go on to sell a massive 155 million units as of March 2012, making it the best-selling home console of all time.

PS4 hit shelves last November, and has so far sold an impressive 5.3 million units globally. While its predecessor failed to match PS2’s sales as Kawano-san noted, Sony is still supporting PS3 and it is likely to remain a decent seller for the next few years.

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