Minus the billions of dollars that the PS3 hemorrhaged, PlayStation home consoles have been a resounding success. The PlayStation Portable was quite an experiment in the mid-2000s to challenge Nintendo. But the hardware and software sold were most impressive. However, I'm pretty sure the PSP was a net loss for Sony, since the hardware was so pricy. And then the PlayStation Vita happened. Sony never put their heart into it. It only ending up selling more than Nintendo's failed Wii U because of the passion of the player base and third party studios. Sony has said in recent years that they have no plans to make another dedicated handheld, and it makes business sense.
Now Nintendo has helped shake up gaming with the Nintendo Switch. Now both Nintendo's handheld and home console divisions have been unified. Nintendo hopefully continues with hybrids for as long as they make platforms.
I'll be frank, Sony has certainly taken some ideas from Nintendo over the years. In addition to still making home consoles, do you think Sony would make a hybrid?
There's a lot of potential for some great first and third-party titles. Also, imagine PS Now and classic PlayStation titles (PS1, PS2, PSP, PS Vita, PS4) in a hybrid platform as well. If Sony launched a hybrid this year (hypothetical, not happening), it could have the specs of a PS4. Maybe even a PS4 Pro if they really wanted to engineer that and find a way to cool it and have a long enough battery life. But that would probably be very pricey and difficult by 2021 standards.
Is this even probable? And would you even want to see it?
Lifetime Sales Predictions
Switch: 125 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million)
PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million
PS4: 122 mil (was 100 then 130 million) Xbox One: 50 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)
3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)
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