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Lgndary Thoughts - How To Keep PS4 Sales Up


Sony announced that the PS4 has surpassed 60 million in sales worldwide, with 2016 being the systems best year so far. But Sony has stated that they expect sales to start declining in 2017. While I believe that is a natural assumption to make, as all consoles slow down at some point, it isn't set in stone. So having said that, let’s discuss what Sony could do this year to really push even higher sales numbers. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

A rumor has been making the rounds the past couple of days stating that Sony has struck a deal with Capcom to get Monster Hunter 5 on PS4. I personally believe the rumor is fake, but it would have some serious implications if it were true. Monster Hunter is an insanely popular series in Japan, the place the PS4 has struggled the most, so if Monster Hunter 5 really were to be an exclusive, system sales in Japan would sky rocket. It might even be what it takes for the PS4 to surpass the PS2 in sales. But like I said, there is no reason to believe that rumor and I would be shocked if it came true. 

Coming back to reality, I believe one of the best things Sony can do to keep PS4 sales up is something they have been very successful at in recent years. Having a constant stream of quality first party titles. Bloodborne, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and The Last Guardian (just to name a few) are the kind of system sellers that they need to keep pumping out. Detroit and God of War give me a lot of hope for the future, as long as they keep the quality up. 

The final aspect of the PS4 that I think Sony needs to focus on is the system itself. Microsoft has done an excellent job at updating the Xbox One on a regular basis, and I think it is time Sony does the same. We go months and months in-between system updates, and most of them end up being fairly lackluster. More dedication needs to be placed in PS4 system updates, and they need to start getting creative and thinking outside the box if they want to stay competitive in that space.

The PS4 has been an incredible success story, but that success doesn't have to stop anytime soon. These are just a few of the things I believe will keep it selling well into the future. What do you think? Be sure to let me know what you think Sony can do with the PS4 to keep those sales numbers up!

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Don't think Capcom will abandon Nintendo for MH. Their 3DS revived the franchise and made it even more popular in the West. I can't see them spitting in their face just to plop it on Sony consoles again. Japan definitely likes their handhelds so if anything, I'd hedge bets on it arriving on the Switch with MH5.

Honestly, Sony just needs to polish things up. I've been increasingly frustrated with my PS4 as the UI gets worse with every update and sluggish as hell just like the PS3 got in its later years. I don't see them fixing that up though as it doesn't translate to sales. Also, they need to step up on PS+. It seemingly is less appealing month after month. You can argue that while the titles aren't bad that they offer, they lack any sort of punch. You draw a lot of comparisons to XBL and it's noticeable the quality of the games each offer. Aside from that, they probably should stop with sequels. Yeah, Last of Us 2 or Uncharted Lost Legacy are enticing but those aren't games that people will buy consoles for, because they obviously didn't buy one for the first game. More exclusives like Bloodborne are gonna sell systems faster than any other game would. Not just timed exclusives or "play it first" stuff either. Bona fide exclusives.

Couldn't agree more regarding Monster Hunter on the Switch. I don't know if it will be exclusive, as the 3DS still has a lot to offer, but there is no way it won't hit the Switch in some form. Monster Hunter has done very well with Nintendo, and Switch sales are off to an incredible start. It literally doesn't make any business sense for Capcom to go with Sony.

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