PS4 may struggle to match PS2 lifetime sales, but Sony will try, says Kawano

Monday, 24th February 2014 08:34 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 launched in Japan over the weekend, and Sony Computer Entertainmnet Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano concedes that while home consoles may struggle to match the lifetime sales of the staggeringly popular PS2 in today’s market, the company’s going to give it a college try.

Rob Fahey was in Japan for us to watch the PS4 launch unfold. He hit the streets to ask Japanese gamers what they thought of the big day, and even hit some game shops to see how the console was selling. It’s a great insight into how Sony is perceived over there, and to get a feel for the local hype. Check out his report through here.

It’s worth noting that as of March, 2012; lifetime PS2 sales hit 155 million. We reported last week that PS4 sales had just passed 5 million ahead of its Japanese launch. It’s early days yet, but Kawano is being realistic in his outlook.

Speaking with Inside Games he said, “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.”

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

Do you think PS4 will match PS2 sales? Let us know below.

Via DualShockers.



  1. undermyrules

    when PS2 came out it was way better than any PC meant for gaming back then….and the level of realism in the games compared before PS2 times was very impressive….so id say no just because PS4 is like normal gaming pc now compared to PS2 beeng supreme console at the time.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    I’d also say this is unlikely to happen.

    Although, overall, the market has grown, the variety of competing platforms has grown with it. The dominance that consoles enjoyed in the gaming demographic has gone – they now compete with more platforms such as smartphones and tablets. Smartphones, in particular, have a very low cost-of-entry level to the consumer and can be used anywhere, unlike consoles.


    #2 10 months ago
  3. TrickyAudio

    I doubt it will ever happen again, really. Different times.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. OlderGamer

    I don’t think it will match the PS2 numbers.

    For pretty much the same reasons JM mentioned. I also think PC is taping the core console demographic. A entire generation grew up playing WoW. And now they are on to stuff like League of Legends.

    #4 10 months ago

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