Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Asia President Atsushi Morita talked about the situation of the PlayStation business in Japan in an interview on the local magazine Weekly Famitsu.
Morita-san mentioned that fiscal year 2016 (between April 1st, 2016 and March 31st, 2017) put Sony’s gaming division in a very good situation worldwide, and Japan and Asia aren’t an exception.
The first step of Sony’s strategy was to address the feedback that said that there was a lack of games for PS4. Morita-san feels that the issue has been solved within fiscal year 2016. On top of that, they released new models including PS4 Pro, and made the price of the PS4 affordable so that it’s easy to purchase.
Morita-san added that in fiscal year 2016, the console had nearly 50 games that sold more than 100,000 units in Japan, which is about twice the amount in the previous fiscal year. It’s finally becoming a situation in which software is selling well, and according to him, this is the second step in the process to bring the PS4 to the level of the PS2.
Incidentally, he also mentioned that Production of PlayStation VR has been increased starting in February, and this should gradually solve the chronic shortage of headsets that has been affecting the Japanese market for a while.
If you want to learn more about Morita-san’s insight on the Japanese PlayStation business, he hopes for Dragon Quest XI to be a console seller for PS4, and he expressed satisfaction for the performance worldwide of Japanese games like NieR: Automata, Persona 5 and NiOh.