Forums - Sales Discussion - Global Hardware 29 February 2020

Mbolibombo said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:
What released last year for the PS4 to sell 350k that week?

Tax returns in the US is in february.. it's usually the third best selling month in the country. So it probably affected sales all month long. Also, a lot of big releases over the past month certainly helped as well.

Yeah, but the boost I'm talking about is just for that specific week, not the entire month. Next week last year PS4 was down to 230k again. So there must have been some big release that day last year.



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Bofferbrauer2 said:
Mbolibombo said:

Tax returns in the US is in february.. it's usually the third best selling month in the country. So it probably affected sales all month long. Also, a lot of big releases over the past month certainly helped as well.

Yeah, but the boost I'm talking about is just for that specific week, not the entire month. Next week last year PS4 was down to 230k again. So there must have been some big release that day last year.

Well there wasnt. Anthem was the weak before that.. but I guess it could affect.

Or it was just a limited deal somewhere in the world..



Bofferbrauer2 said:
Mbolibombo said:

Tax returns in the US is in february.. it's usually the third best selling month in the country. So it probably affected sales all month long. Also, a lot of big releases over the past month certainly helped as well.

Yeah, but the boost I'm talking about is just for that specific week, not the entire month. Next week last year PS4 was down to 230k again. So there must have been some big release that day last year.

Wasn't it GOW release week?



I'm surprised the numbers are as high as they are across the board with all this COVID-19 madness.

I really thought by this week a combination of shortages and people just being more focused on pandemic panic than gaming would be eating into sales a lot more than this.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series X will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

curl-6 said:

I'm surprised the numbers are as high as they are across the board with all this COVID-19 madness.

I really thought by this week a combination of shortages and people just being more focused on pandemic panic than gaming would be eating into sales a lot more than this.

Same here. With the fear of next gen being short units at launch or even a delay worst case, you'd think present gen would already be seeing clear declines by now. Could they really have that many stored away around the world that it hasn't impacted store shelves yet?



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EricHiggin said:
curl-6 said:

I'm surprised the numbers are as high as they are across the board with all this COVID-19 madness.

I really thought by this week a combination of shortages and people just being more focused on pandemic panic than gaming would be eating into sales a lot more than this.

Same here. With the fear of next gen being short units at launch or even a delay worst case, you'd think present gen would already be seeing clear declines by now. Could they really have that many stored away around the world that it hasn't impacted store shelves yet?

There are generally at least 1-2 million consoles on store shelves and in transit at any onetime, so it will take time before we see any significant shortages. Other than Nintendo already apologizing for the limited number of Switch consoles in Japan. 



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trunkswd said:
EricHiggin said:

Same here. With the fear of next gen being short units at launch or even a delay worst case, you'd think present gen would already be seeing clear declines by now. Could they really have that many stored away around the world that it hasn't impacted store shelves yet?

There are generally at least 1-2 million consoles on store shelves and in transit at any onetime, so it will take time before we see any significant shortages. Other than Nintendo already apologizing for the limited number of Switch consoles in Japan. 

That would certainly explain it.

It also may not be a bad time for PS4 to officially drop it's price. Not only does it seem well overdue, but it would help get sales back up to where they belong, if they do have shortages down the road. Mind you, could the console companies look at this as an opportunity to upsell consumers on next gen perhaps?



EricHiggin said:
trunkswd said:

There are generally at least 1-2 million consoles on store shelves and in transit at any onetime, so it will take time before we see any significant shortages. Other than Nintendo already apologizing for the limited number of Switch consoles in Japan. 

That would certainly explain it.

It also may not be a bad time for PS4 to officially drop it's price. Not only does it seem well overdue, but it would help get sales back up to where they belong, if they do have shortages down the road. Mind you, could the console companies look at this as an opportunity to upsell consumers on next gen perhaps?

I don't see a reason to drop the price of the PS4 until after shortages are no longer a possible issue. I do agree it needs a big price cut with how long it has been. Sony has been riding the profits. 



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trunkswd said:
EricHiggin said:

That would certainly explain it.

It also may not be a bad time for PS4 to officially drop it's price. Not only does it seem well overdue, but it would help get sales back up to where they belong, if they do have shortages down the road. Mind you, could the console companies look at this as an opportunity to upsell consumers on next gen perhaps?

I don't see a reason to drop the price of the PS4 until after shortages are no longer a possible issue. I do agree it needs a big price cut with how long it has been. Sony has been riding the profits. 

I'm thinking we'll see them cut price at the same time they announce PS5 price.

PS5: $499 "incredible value for our powerful next gen console that will offer a great future, but we will continue to support our customers on PS4 and offer an alternative so that every customer finds a place on our platform."

PS4 pro: $299

PS4: $199



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EricHiggin said:
curl-6 said:

I'm surprised the numbers are as high as they are across the board with all this COVID-19 madness.

I really thought by this week a combination of shortages and people just being more focused on pandemic panic than gaming would be eating into sales a lot more than this.

Same here. With the fear of next gen being short units at launch or even a delay worst case, you'd think present gen would already be seeing clear declines by now. Could they really have that many stored away around the world that it hasn't impacted store shelves yet?

ps4 had 3m on shelves/transit by dec 31. Sony could ship nothing for the quarter and still have more than enough supply. We don't know x1 shippments vs sales but it's numbers are so low that it certainly has all the stock it needs.