This whole aligning launches while it may make sense if looking at it from a particular perspective, doesn't really make sense to me in the grand scheme of things. At the end of the day when you look at the PS2, its said it sold 150M or whatever. No one is gonna be talking about where it was released first or second or which countries it was even released in or not. It sold this much, period.
I do not expect the PS4 to sell as much as the PS2 did, but thats because I belive the world we are in now has a lot more competing for consumers money than the world we were in in the time of the PS2. But at the end of the day, when the PS5 is released or the PS4 stops being made/sold, we will say it had sold X amount of units. Simple as that.
This whole aligning launch thing is just a silly way of downplaying how its performing. Kinda as silly as saying nintendo is going to go bankrupt or out of the gaming business because its wiiU was a disaster while ignoring that it has something called the 3DS on the market.
The whole launch aligning thing just doesn't make sense to me. A sale is a sale. Every generation markets and consumer buying habits change. But at the end of the day, a sale is a sale.
But hey, I know as usual we are gonna disagree with this whole thing. To me though, I just don't see it the way you do. Its never made sense to me before. And its not gonna start making sense to me now because as I have said when anyone looks back at any previous gen hardware, no one says anything about which region it released first or second.
This is a sales website. People here have always cared to make the most accurate comparisons. Launch alignment by region mattered ten years ago (or rather as far back as this site goes) and it still matters now. It never changed. Your insinuation that this is done to downplay systems is wrong, because launch alignment applies to all systems regardless of manufacturer.