We have had increased rumors and speculation in recent weeks regarding the announcement and release of the next gen games consoles from the big two companies Microsoft and Sony. It now looks like there is no rush for the PS4 release yet as the PS3 continues to sell well.
Sony has revealed how many PlayStation systems it managed to shift over the holiday season, with a total of 6.5 million units sold. This covered the historically busy period between November 18th and December 31st. According to a report by CVG 3.9 million of these were PS3 units that were shipped around the world.
Sony released the PS Vita handheld console in Japan on December 17th and has now sold around 500,000 units. This was released with 24 games with Sony saying that over 70 are currently in development for the Japanese market.
The target that Sony had set itself for sales targets of the PS3 stands at 15 million units for the financial year ending March 31st. Meanwhile consumers were still buying the PSP that managed to shift 1.6 million units during the same period, and this means the PS2 still managed 500,000 in sales.
According to Andrew House head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the successful PS Vita launch would be a welcome morale boaster for Sony staff after a difficult year. The company had all the trouble surrounding the PlayStation Network hacking and House added that Sony had “a very tough time in the company in getting to a point of (PlayStation) profitability” but have now come through that.
As the current PlayStation is still selling in these numbers it doesn’t make sense for Sony to spend big amounts of money launching a new system. The same can be said with Microsoft as well who also continue to sell big numbers of the Xbox 360.
Are you surprised by these figures?