If DailyFinance is to be believed, that is. According to the website, over four million PlayStation 4 units have been sold yet not one PS4 exclusive game has sold anywhere close to that many units according to NPD sales numbers. However, we here at PS4 Experts refute the assertion that PS4 owners aren't buying games, it's just the standard metrics of calculating game sales are outdated.
Yes, no one PlayStation 4 exclusive cracked the NPD charts, but this is because the NPD changed how they calculate the data. Rather than calculate individual platforms when accounting for sales, the firm simply lumps every platform together to create one number. Do we really expect Killzone, which is released for just one system, to beat the sales of Call of Duty: Ghosts, released on five or six platforms? Perhaps if games were broken down into platforms, like the old days, you'd see Killzone or Knack make an appearance. In addition, the NPD doesn't calculate digital sales and doesn't take into account every game retailer, so the numbers are flawed. While the DailyFinance article briefly mentions this, it places too much faith in NPD numbers.
In addition, the DailyFinance article postulates that most people are buying the PlayStation 4 for its entertainment features and not necessarily its games, but this seems like a stretch. If you'd interested in a Netflix or Hulu box, chances are you're buying a much cheaper Roku and not a PlayStation 4. We've seen your comments on the website and on Facebook, and we know most gamers are buying the PlayStation 4 for its games.
At PS4 Experts, we do feel that games are the driving force behind PS4 sales but not necessarily the games currently released. Drive Club, Watch Dogs, inFamous: Second Son, Metal Gear Solid V -- these are the titles that drive PS4 sales, with many gamers buying a console just so they are ready for the influx of games that will take full advantage of the PS4.
What about you, PS4 Experts readers? Did you buy a PlayStation 4 for the currently released games, the future games or for a different reason altogether?
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 1/23/2014