Another interesting tidbit is Sony plans to spend an additional $183 Million on development personnel and other in house costs. Remember, SIE has been expanding their internal teams since 2018, so this additional cost is on top of that.
Assuming a $100K salary for developers, that's hundreds if not thousands of additional employees, which to me sounds like an acquisition(s).
That is a bit less than what they paid for Insomniac, but they said this is for internal while still having plans for external colaborations (and possibly acquisition), and well perhaps that 183M isn't limited to one year expenses but like a 5 year plan. Still that would mean as you said some thousand employees so either new studios or additional teams on the existing ones and sure increase in headcount for some teams to keep the 3 year dev time.
It is terrifying that MTX, DLC and the like is bigger than total sold SW, with it being about 7x the physical copies. Well even Subs (which is massive) is almost 3x the size of physical sales and well it adds almost as much as half the total sales of games itself. So if you were really considering only 1st party games PS+ makes more revenue (and likely profit) than the entirety of their Studios (will probably be the same for MS with GP very soon).
The crazy part is that as low as those game sales look at first glance they're selling more games than anyone has before. lol
True that, Sony certainly isn't sad that that small physical sales is still massive and the rest is just humungous compared to their previous results.
This gen is going to be pretty much a copy and paste of last gen between playstation and xbox. Makes sense now why MS is focusing too much on gamepass.
How did you draw that conclusion? XSex will sell more than Xbone because Microsoft has done everything right this time. I think the gap will be much closer than last gen actually. And Microsoft is pushing gamepass because that's it's main platform now. The consoles are just a means to an end. The future of Microsoft is gamepass, not Xbox.
From what we have seem so far Series are selling about 50% of PS5, I don't know how much stock constrained Series are but PS5 certainly is seeling as much as is available. So the gap won't change significantly if the trend is kept.