It is hard to compare the two games as when FF7R released it was still early on during the pandemic and game sales in April were crazy. VGChartz estimates have the PS4 selling 257,183 units the week before FF7R released and 551,388 units during the week it launched. The Last of Us Part II helped boost PS4 sales from 210,236 units to 280,102 units.
Just thinking about the two games, I'd expect FF7 R to boost hardware more even without the pandemic. In fact, I think TLoU2 will sell more software units, but FF7 R is still the type of game to move more hardware. There are a lot of old FF7 fans out there who may have otherwise skipped the PS4 except for FF7 Remake. Twenty three years is plenty of time for someone to gradually drift away from gaming only to come back for a key game. On the other hand, PS4 already has plenty of cinematic action games including a port of the first TLoU. Obviously, having another big cinemetic action game still boosts sales, but the boost is diminished.
All good points that I agree with. I am sure there are plenty of FF fans that bought a PS4 for FF15, but that game wasn't universally loved by fans, unlike FF7 which is by far the most loved in the series.
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