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PS4, PS3 and PS Vita Doing Great in Asia; Sony on Xbox One: “It’s Welcome”

by on February 2, 2014 3:44 PM 9

The PS4 has launched in Asia before Japan, creating a quite unique situation for the brand, and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia Deputy President Hiroyuki Oda and Sony Computer Entertainment Taiwan General Manager Tatsuo Eguchi told Game Watch that things are going quite well.

Eguchi-san and Oda-san talked about a situation very similar to that of the west, with long lines in front of the shops and the PS4 selling out everywhere, and also provided a few more snippets of information:

  • PlayStation Plus Scubscriptions are rapidly increasing in Asia.
  • PSP continues to sell, but it’s selling a lot less now that the PS Vita has been released.
  • The PS3 continues to sell well despite the launch of the PS4. Demand for the older console didn’t lower.
  • Both PS3 and PS4 units (there were 1000 PS4 available) were sold out at Taipei Game Show.
  • The PS4 sold out in less then 30 minutes every day at Taipei Game Show, but 20% of those that purchased the new console also bought a Vita at the same time.

Oda-san was also pinged about the fact that the PS4 basically doesn’t have competition in Asia:

I’d like to tell this with no misunderstandings: When the xbox one will be released conveying various charms in a different way, while competing properly, I think the most important thing will be that it’s going to expand the video game industry and the market itself.

I’m often asked “What would you do if the Xbox One comes?” and the answer is “it’s welcome.”

He also admitted that it’s hard to tell if you have won when there’s no rival to compete against.

It’s always nice to see executives of both camps talking about fair play and competition in the market, considering how much the fans of love to tear each other to pieces basically at every chance they get. It’d be nice if more learned to “welcome” competition as something that strengthens the industry as a whole, and drives innovation quality and more consumer-friendly policies.

Join the Discussion

  • Mikesims Sims

    I welcome competition to enter the market, I also welcome it to fall flat on its face when it fails to meet consumer demand.

    • Bankai

      To this day I’ve never heard of anyone experiencing negative repercussions due to not being able to meet consumer demand.

  • Antonio C. R. Murray

    “it’s welcome.” That’s just today’s Times of everyone being (or trying to be) PC about everything. The business (of competition) is no different than it was back in i.e the 4th gen except that when competitors (and everyone really) said something, they actually meant it.

  • RealityCheck2013

    They cut a bit out – Sony on Xbox One: “It’s Welcome…to DIE” LoL:D

    • Guest

      Just like YOU, PAUPERBOY!

  • Langkasuka

    It’s been a little over a month since Malaysia/Singapore got the PS4 launched and it’s better than expected. Won’t stress how PC is king, etc, etc, so our localized Tesco/ToyRUs/HarveyNorman/All-IT-Hypermarket don’t sell consoles at all. The biggest PS4 store is the Sony Store and they are restocking every 2 weeks. Indie games stores and small franchises are also doing pretty good.

    I think they underestimate the demand for PS4 peripherals though; PS4 camera, charging dock are all snapped up, can’t get them anywhere and the extra controllers are barely available.

    I also asked the stores about the Xbox One and if/when they will start selling. Won’t lie, I found 3 shops do have one or two green boxes on window display, but that’s just it. I think the X1′s are purchased through the only MS store in the region, Singapore. Since Xbox One isn’t officially launched here yet, no one is confirmed about the regional warranty.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Yeah like learn to welcome Nintendo as part of the industry and not say they’re dead.

  • Jkwakopo

    alas! great for gamers!!! this competition will make us happy! PS4 user here

  • Jkwakopo

    PS4 launched in Korea as well back in December. All 500 units were sold out instantly. You still can’t find ps4 in Korea currently.

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