If you put all the sales for your most recent consoles together it looks pretty impressive. That's what Sony did revealed via a new promotional video that it has sold 100 million PS3, PS4, and PS Vita systems to-date, collectively. Of course the lion's share of that number belongs to the PS3, which has sold 80 million units since its release many moons ago to November 2013.
In the past Sony said that - since its release in November of last year more than 7 million PS4 systems have been sold as of April 6.
Sony will begin rolling out its PlayStation Now beta to select models of its smart TVs in the United States next week, the company announced today. Beginning June 30, owners of Sony 4K Ultra HDTV sets and select 1080p HDTVs will get access to the "Private Pilot Service."
The beta test for PlayStation Now on these select TVs will allow participants to play PlayStation 3 games on their television with no console required, though they will have to connect a DualShock 3 controller to the TV to play the streamed PS3 games.
Investment research firm Baird Equity Research has released a report related to E3, providing predications and opinions on the biggest players. One of the more interesting predictions is that Sony will preload digital copies of Bungie's Destiny and Blizzard's Diablo III beginning this fall. The firm says that this will be an optional thing for consumers. This "should drive higher sell-through for Activision, but at the cost of retail sales," the firm notes.
It's E3 week and Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo are doing their damnedest to convince us to buy their stuff.
Earlier this week, Nintendo had a digital event announcing it's upcoming games while the other four hosted full press conferences. Who had the best show?
If you need a refresher, you can read our recaps here:
After last night's press conference Sony released further information on the Glacier White PlayStation 4 and pricing on games available on its PlayStation Now service. Sony said that the special Glacier White edition of the 500GB PS4 console that will be bundled with Bungie's Destiny will cost $449. It will also come with a glacier white DualShock 4 controller, a copy of Destiny and a 30-day PlayStation Plus voucher.
Reminder: You can watch the biggest E3 press conferences on Twitch, starting at 9:30 am PST (that's 12:30 pm EST) with Microsoft's big E3 event.
Later today Electronic Arts will host its press conference, followed by Ubisoft, and then way later in the evening Sony will host its event for the show.
The Electronics Entertainment Expo is next week and kicking it off is a round of press conferences where the biggest publishers will try and dazzle you with game announcements and spectacle in an attempt to win your dollars.
Of course, these presentations rarely go off without a hitch. Everything from technical failures such as Nintendo's Skyward Sword demo from 2011 or EA's Battlefield 4 false start last year to horrible hosts such as "Mr. Caffeine" from Ubisoft's 2011 presser and Jamie Kennedy who MC'd Activision's show in 2007.
Sony says that it plans to "rigorously pursue" PS4 sales - even if it is to the detriment of profits in the short term. The company's goal, according to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, is to increase its installed base around the world. Hirai said that there is huge revenue potential that will come with expanding the reach of Sony's network.
During a corporate strategy meeting this week (detailed in this document) Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai said that the PlayStation 4 is already profitable for Sony on a hardware unit basis.
Prior to Sony reporting its consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, CEO Kazuo Hirai and other executives will not be taking bonuses this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
They may also take a 50 percent pay cut this year, according to the report. Sony's exit from the PC business as well as consumer disinterest in physical media such as DVDs and Blu-ray discs are the main reason for these reductions in pay and bonuses.
Sony Online Entertainment has released a short video highlighting some of the things that players have been building and discovering in Landmark. Also, today SOE officially opened submissions for its "Landmarks of Landmark" competition, a challenge that offers the chance for some builders to have their creations prominently featured as permanent additions to the online game world. More details on that can be found here.
Sony announced today that it expects to report a net loss of 130 billion yen ($1.3 billion) for the 12 month period that ended on March 31, 2014. That compares with a loss of 110 billion yen ($1.1 billion) forecast in February, a reduction from its October 2013 projection of a 30 billion yen ($294 million) profit. Sony won't report its consolidated results for the fiscal year until May 14, but it published a preliminary earnings report on Thursday to get investors prepared for the news.
Sony Computer Entertainment announced this morning that it has sold all of its holdings - its entire 9,520,000 shares - in Square Enix to SMBC Nikko Securities. An income of nearly 4.8bn yen will be marked down in Sony's financial report for the year ending 31st March 2015, with the exact sale price of the shares to be revealed tomorrow. Sony's annual financial report for the year ending March 31, 2014 will be released on May 14 and will likely contain a forecast for the year ahead that will include the sale of the shares.
Sony and developer Sucker Punch are happy to announce that their first-party PlayStation 4 title InFamous: Second Son has sold through over 1 million digital and physical copies worldwide in its first nine days after launch. The super-hero/villain themed open-world action game is one of the first significant releases this year for the PlayStation 4, topping the digital charts on PlayStation Network in both North America and Europe, according to Sony.
Sony has confirmed that several studios in its UK studio system have been affected by a round of layoffs. The studios affected by layoffs include its London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio, and Evolution Studio. While the company confirmed the layoffs it would not say just how many employees were let go in this latest round of layoffs that are part of a restructuring plan.
Sony says that it is considering allowing software to be "pre-loaded" on to its PlayStation 4 console. Speaking to Polygon, a Sony rep. told the publication that the company is aware that consumers want this feature.
The PlayStation 4 will continue to be "supply constrained" until this summer, according to what PlayStation boss Andrew House tells The Wall Street Journal.
We're struggling to keep up with demand," House said, noting highest demand is in the US and Europe. "Conservatively, as we get into the early summer months, we'll be closer to a full supply situation."
God of War III creative director Stig Asmussen has resigned from Sony Santa Monica, following recent layoffs at the studio. While Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed with IGN that the sudden departure was real, the company did not give a specific reason for Asmussen's resignation. Asmussen was supposedly working on a new project unrelated to the God of War series for which Sony's Santa Monica studio was responsible for over the years.
Speaking at SXSW this weekend, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said that Xbox’s Games with Gold program (it's free monthly game giveaway for Xbox 360 - and eventually Xbox One) is "fundamentally different" than "other programs" (we assume he is referring the PlayStation Plus for PS3 and PS4) because it allows members to keep the games regardless of whether they continue to pay for a subscription or not.
Xbox executive Phil Spencer has publicly praised outgoing Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton, who has been one of Microsoft's chief rivals for the last decade or so. Tretton announced yesterday that he will leave his post as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America on March 31.
Long-time Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton is leaving the company, on March 31, 2014. According to what SCEA tells GamesIndustry International, it was mutually agreed to that Tretton's contract would not be renewed. Shawn Layden, the current SCEA executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International will become President and CEO of SCEA on April 1. Tretton has worked for SCEA since 2005.
While the wait has likely been excruciating for PlayStation 3 owners, at least it is finally over. It has been nearly a year since the HBO Go app was released on Xbox 360, but (for some reason) PS3 owners had to wait...and wait.... and wait. We're not sure exactly why it took so long to get the popular pay network's app on Sony's platform, but now consumers can watch all of the network's past and present shows on demand.
Sony said today that it will cut 1,000 jobs from its global workforce and sell a building it owns in Japan by the end of 2014. The number represents about a third of its global workforce. The 1,000 layoffs are part of a previously announced overall restructuring plan. Earlier in the week the company laid off some staff at its Santa Monica Studio (responsible for the God of War series) and that it would close 20 of its retail stores in the United States.
Sony has confirmed that it has laid off a number of employees at its Sony Santa Monica studio, though the company would not say just how many employees are now out of a job, and reports indicate that the studio was forced to cancel at least one game project.
"SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio," confirmed the company in a statement. "This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS," Sony added.
The PlayStation 4 went on sale in Japan on February 24, and according to Japanese publication Famitsu, the system sold a repeatable 320,000 hardware units. Believe it or not, the two day sales figures are a lot better than they were for Sony's last console launch in the region; the PlayStation 3 sold 88,443 units in its first two days of release in Japan. The PlayStation 2 remains Sony's fastest selling console in Japan to date, hitting 630,552 units in its first two days on sale.
A new teaching lab has opened at Abertay University in Dundee (Scotland). The new lab represents the largest in Europe and offers 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits, and stock of PS3 and PS4 dev kits. Students attending the lab have access to all of the hardware. The University has dubbed it the "Playstation lab." The development kits were given to the university as part of a partnership with PlayStation First, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Academic Development Program.