PS5 to Overtake PS4 Install Base in Year 4, as Sony Eyes More PC and Mobile PlayStation Titles

Sony said it plans to ramp up production of its PlayStation 5 console as supply chain complications ease, and indicated a drastic expansion of its game portfolio, including more games on PC and mobile phones.

The PS5, which went on sale in November 2020, has been lower than its predecessor in its second year due to a lack of components that have plagued the electronics industry. But it is expected to close the gap in year three and surpass the PS4 install base the following year.

Along with the initial increase, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said in an investor briefing, “We plan to significantly increase production of consoles, to take us to production levels we haven’t achieved before.”

Ryan added that while the COVID-19 lockdowns in China continue to create uncertainty around the supply chain, “things are definitely improving.”

Sony expected PS5 sales to reach 18 million units in the business year through the end of March, compared to 11.5 million a year earlier.

Explaining PlayStation’s shift away from focusing solely on exclusive single-player games for its platform, Ryan said that more PC and mobile games will be shown in addition to the service’s live games, which provide continuously updated gameplay.

While PS4 and PS5 titles are expected to make up more than two-thirds of releases this year, PC and mobile titles will make up nearly half of new games in 2025.

“Initiatives to expand our audience … will have a fundamental impact on the look of our games portfolio,” Ryan said.

With this shift, PlayStation aims to keep pace with the change in the industry that has seen cloud technology and increased computing power for smartphones remove users from massive devices and more money players spend on free online games.

Amid much speculation that the metaverse, or the idea that users will spend more time in simulated environments, will upend industrial business models, Ryan said many consumers will continue to play games as before.

“There are going to be lots and lots of individual players who would rather enjoy games the way they’ve played them for the past 30 years or more,” Ryan said.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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