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PlayStation 4 was launched in November 2013, so no wonder the console is entering the end of its life cycle. PlayStation boss John Kodera said during Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting, PlayStation 4 is indeed entering its end. Sony’s PS4 sales is just below PS3 with 79 million units while PS3 reached 80 million units by 2013. The company expected to sell 16 million PS4 units this year in comparison with last year’s 19 million. This means, Kodera was attempting to explain the downturn in sales.
PS4 entering the end of its life cycle mean the sales will not rise as fast as before but still has many years left of viability. Of course, that was expected since the system was released half a decade before.
Kodera’s statement about PS4 that says it will “crouch down once” to stand taller in the future is intriguing. There will be a time from this period until March 2021 that Kodera’s words will be seen. Although his statement isn’t clear, speculations about PlayStation 5 is coming. However, Sony’s E3 2018 briefing will not include any hardware announcements.
PS4 might be at the end of its life cycle but it is not being phased out soon
Those announcements doesn’t mean that PS4 will be phased out soon. That is why PS5 announcements wouldn’t be made in June. Kodera said, to keep PS4 going, even if it’s at the end of its life cycle, exclusive titles will be released anytime soon. For now, the firm plans are to work on new IPs, franchising successful IPs, and refreshing existing IPs. The PlayStation 4 will be celebrating and turning five years old this November. Two more years, and they will have the same age with the main console, PS3. It is still expected for PlayStation to sell well together with new titles, The Last of Us: Part II, Spider-Man, and others.