After posting positive financials for Q1 2014, Sony held a briefing for Japanese investors that has just concluded Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida, Corporate Executive Hiroki Totoki and Senior General Manager Kazuhiko Takeda described the situation of the market:
In Europe or the Americas I think the market is growing because the multiplatform PlayStation title Watch_Dogs was released, not just for PlayStation, but this is just an example that the market is being more brisk than ever. Xbox One reduced their price tag, so the total size of the pie is increasing now.
Unfortunately the request to disclose specific number of sales for each console (numbers posted aggregated all consoles from the home category and portables in two groups).
I cannot give you details about the number of sales of different consoles.
Increasing costs and future investments in the networking department due to the increase of PS4 users was also addressed.
About the costs, this year is a year of investment, and we have to do another round of investment in systems. As you know the PlayStation 4 has social networking functions and the number of sessions the people engage in is huge, much larger than before. The cost of the network and server costs are higher, and therefore there’s requirement for investment.
An explanation was then provided for the struggling performance of the PS4 in Japan.
As for what Japan is concerned, we don’t have a full line-up of software and that’s probably the largest challenge and issue.
The lack of specific numbers for sales of the PS4 and other consoles is pretty normal, as financial reports are destined to investors, and normally they involve figures on earnings and profits on top of sales numbers for product categories, while they don’t include sales numbers for specific products.
On the other hand, we can only hope that now that they’ve finally recognized the lacking software line-up for Japan, they’ll move as fast as possible to address the situation. We definitely do need some good JRPGs on the console.