Wait, are you suggesting Sony doesn't want data to be revealed showing how they are selling compared to Nintendo? And that Ps5 will sell less than Switch 1?
Just wanting clarification, not implying anything.
Yes and yes. First of all, the discussion about Sony "shutting down" NPD and Media create are not solely my idea. This has been discussed on Resetera and even Neogaf way back in the day. Second of all, even during the dark days of Wii U, Nintendo STILL showed sales data, unlike Microsoft who has gone radio silent on Xbox One hardware, and Sony going silent on the Vita sales. And I find it funny because it wont mean much in the end. Shutting up Media create did NOT save the PS4 in Japan. Being silent on Vita did not stop it from BOMBING. It also shows how pathetic and immature the leadership at Sony and Microsoft are.
Third of all I think the Switch is going to outsell the PS4 and the PS5 will sell LESS than the PS4. That's my prediction.
People often come up with baseless conspiracy theories.
A few things about these though.
NPD sell their service, and never wanted specific figures to be available for the public for free. Which is why they've been going after, and shutting down leakers for a long time now. We've seen a lot of names come and go over the years.
The idea that Sony was ok with NPD when PS3 was in last place for 99% of the generation, but aren't ok with it when PS4 is miles ahead of the nearest competition, and still will be by the time PS5 comes out, doesn't quite make sense.
As for Media Create, they too sell their data to various companies. They had a company policy review earlier this year where they would decide if they were to continue providing their data for free to the public. They decided not to, and also plan to expand it to China and Southeast Asia.
I can't speak for either company's finances, but Media Create seems to rely on their sales data to make a living, while Famitsu is a bigger company with more avenues of income.
So when a company that relies on a paid service stops providing it for free, it's not that strange.
What would be strange is if Sony spent money to 'silence' Media Create while not doing anything about Famitsu. Might as well flush that money down the toilet.
I think these conspiracy theories make no sense.
Last edited by Hiku - on 19 October 2019