Still pretty bad times for Sony in Japan. The lack of a fully supported Mobile is killing them. At its peak Sony had 23 Million PS2's and 20 Million PSP's in Japan. Now they are at 7 Million PS4 and almost 6 Million PSV's. With Nintendo offering AAA games for Home and Handheld consumption with SwItch, it looks like things will only get worse.
Sony is really gonna need that Ryzen/Navi Mobile SOC based PS Mobile device next gen if they want to have any presence in Japan. With Google bringing AAA games to Mobile and Home devices next gen it may be just as important in the US and EU as it will be in Japan. I believe even with 100% focus on PS4 it will still fall short of PS3 in Japan when it's all said and done.
I think Sony might be better off just offering smartphone games (which they already do with a lot of success) + building up game-streaming to smartphones/TVs to still profit from the japanese market. The gaming demographic there is highly urbanised with great connection speeds/ping already available to many and the capabilities will see another jump with 5g.
They should definitly continue to work on PS Now, and make a serious push at being the defacto game streaming service world wide. Continuing to make Mobile focused games is also a worthwhile effort, and I think they should offer them for both iOS/Android, and their own new Gaming focused Mobile device. A game like Fate/Grand Order should be on iOS/Android/PlayStation.
Where their own device should differ from iOS and Android is in offering SIEWWS titles. I think Madden, Call of Duty, Assasins Creed, Grand Theft Auto, and such will be coming day and date on Android and iOS next gen. If that happens, Sony is going to need a Mobile device to stand a fighting chance in this industry. I don't want to head out of next gen with iPhones/Apple TV and Androids/Chromecast being the market leader for AAA gaming expereinces.
Even if that doesn't happen by the start of next gen, I think Sony should be spending the little time they have getting ahead of them as much as possible, to ensure they never are in position to take control of the gaming market.
Stop hate, let others live the life they were given. Everyone has their problems, and no one should have to feel ashamed for the way they were born. Be proud of who you are, encourage others to be proud of themselves. Learn, research, absorb everything around you. Nothing is meaningless, a purpose is placed on everything no matter how you perceive it. Discover how to love, and share that love with everything that you encounter. Help make existence a beautiful thing.
Kevyn B Grams
KBG29 on PSN&XBL