5 Challenges Sony Faces With The PlayStation 4

Everyone has been pleasantly surprised by the PlayStation 4 so far. Developers like the hardware, gamers like the games, retailers are impressed with the hype that’s being built. Sony has done a great job so far. But the PlayStation 4 does face some challenges when it launches this year. We’ve rounded up the top 5 challenges Sony faces this year with the launch of the PlayStation 4. In no particular order, here they are:

Enough PlayStation 4 inventory

During the PlayStation 3 launch back in 2006, there were huge lines of people waiting to get a console around the US. In fact, riots almost PlayStation 4 eventbroke out and at least one person got stabbed in line for a PS3. The limited availability meant that some lucky buyers were able to fetch over $2000 on eBay for their brand new PS3 consoles. According to a recent report, Sony hopes to ship 16 million PS4 consoles in 2013, which sounds unlikely.

Sony had built a lot of hype for the PS3, but didn’t have enough inventory to support that hype. By all accounts, the PlayStation 4 will be just as popular, especially since it will no doubt launch at a lower price. Sony has to make sure there is enough inventory to meet demand, which is easier said than done.

PlayStation 4 production is rumored to kick off in August, which would give Sony just a few months to build enough consoles to supply a launch in three territories.

On the flip side, having a shortage is usually the best way to create even more hype for a consumer product such as the PlayStation 4. Nintendo tried something similar with the Wii U, which didn’t work out too well. We’ll see how it goes this Fall.

Launch-ready online features

PlayStation 4 consoleWe’ve already reported that not all PlayStation 4 online and cloud features will be available on day one. Certain features such as online multiplayer, trophies, etc. will of course be ready. However, some of the more technically advanced features, such as streaming old PS3 games, might actually launch after the PS4 hits the store shelves this Fall.

Cloud features such as the “Share” option where players can watch their friends play and even take over gameplay sessions will likely be pushed to a later date.

We think Sony will focus on essential features first, such as online multiplayer, social media integration, etc. But the sooner they launch everything, the better.

PlayStation 4 price

The PS3 launched at $500 and $600, which is a lot of money. It was even more money back in the great-world-economy days of 2006. While the PlayStation 4 will likely launch with two SKUs just as the PS3, we expect the price to be significantly lower. According to rumors, Sony is targeting a $400 launch price for the PlayStation 4, which sounds very reasonable. And quite cheap, considering what’s inside the box.

A $500 starting price will be highly unlikely, even if it means that Sony will take a loss on each console sold. They’ll probably do that regardless of the price.

Launch lineup

Sony played the tactics game with PS4 launch titles. On the first party front, Sony has Killzone Shadow Fall for the action fans, they have DriveClub for the racing fans, and they have Knack for family gamers. They even have PS4 Eye for the casual crowd. Third party publishers will bring their slew of franchises, such as PlayStation 4 controllerAssassin’s Creed 4 from Ubisoft, and EA will likely bring their annual sports franchises to the console.

But does the PlayStation 4 have the “killer app” launch title? Many would point at Killzone Shadow Fall, and from what we’ve seen so far, it does seem like a must-have launch title. So does DriveClub, but we’ve barely seen enough of either game.

Another important aspect is the post-launch game lineup. Nintendo made a huge mistake with the Wii U in this department. After a good launch with some decent first party games, there hasn’t been much over the past few months.

Sony needs to make sure there is a steady flow of good games to the system in the first few months after launch. It’s rumored that they’ve slated inFamous: Second Son to launch in this period. Be sure to check out the full list of confirmed PlayStation 4 games.

The competition

Microsoft will likely launch their Xbox 720 during the same period, which is makes it even more important for Sony to have a great launch lineup. Nintendo is expected to launch Zelda The Wind Waker HD on the Wii U, which will no doubt get a lot of attention.

But Sony’s major competitor this year will be Microsoft. And so far we know very little about the next Xbox. The rumors suggest that Sony will have the upper hand when it comes to hardware and power, which will win over the hardcore crowd who care about those things. But Microsoft could make the PS4 launch much harder by launching with one of their major IPs, be it Halo or Gears of War, or Forza Motorsport.

One thing is certain: by revealing the PlayStation 4 ahead of the next Xbox, Sony has put themselves in a favorable position.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Bingham/100000260255063 Chris Bingham

    http://www.gamingcapacity.com/xbox-720-info-revealed-by-inside-source/

    Yeah… this just proves the only Competition for the PS4 is the Wii U..

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    • The Libyan

      THANK YOU. Finally someone sees Wii U as an actual competitor. :D

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      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Bingham/100000260255063 Chris Bingham

        I actually own the Wii U and I still see that the PS4 and Wii U will be the only 2 console people will buy because they focus on one thing… GAMES.

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        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001247287090 Joshua Spinney

          xbox and their media center. Pfffff

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          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Bingham/100000260255063 Chris Bingham

            I think they should just give up and make a media hub and call it the X-Media

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  • Metal_Man_v2

    Sony will have enough inventory for the ps4, they’re supposedly shipping 16 million consoles this year. LOL had to joke.

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  • Malakite

    This was literally Sony’s
    best press conference in years. They focused on what the core gamers are
    looking for games! The new controller looks beautiful and added everything
    gamers wanted; headphone jack, improved grip, sticks, d-pad, and triggers.
    (Aside from the share and options buttons [seriously bring back start and
    select])

    In fact the only thing that most
    people I’ve talked to were disappointed in, was in regard’s to 3 games:

    Agent

    Final Fantasy Versus XIII

    The Last Guardian

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  • Catoracks

    owned 360, but not going to lie the PS4 is looking way more like something that I will be intrested in. Most deff going back to PlayStation this time.

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  • bizzy gie

    I knew this would happen! $400 is cheap for PS4, but $300 is WAY too expensive for Wii U.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Bingham/100000260255063 Chris Bingham

      It kind of is

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      • bizzy gie

        So $100 LESS [than the PS4] is expensive for a Nintendo console, but $100 MORE [than the Wii U] is cheap for a Sony console? That’s fair.

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        • RonaldRayguns

          Yeah, pretty much. More bang for your bucks.

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          • bizzy gie

            Because a tablet controller is pish posh right?

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  • NintendoNoob

    The Wii U and Ps4 seem like good rivals, Microsoft is just “there”, Microsoft didn’t bring that much quality for the 360, sure the 1P’s were good but pay for online? That’s just a ripoff

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  • Barters

    I must be honest, I was a little disappointed with the PS4 reveal. I don’t care for gimmicky social media. I don’t care for having my ps3 still plugged in either, especially when good games are still arriving at a rapid rate on the PS3.

    Give me backwards compatibility and I will get one on launch day to compliment my wii U.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.ochs.54 Derek Ochs

    idk i think people are just getting to picky and demanding

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  • Sonyfiend23

    $400 dollars is the master price for Sony it will bring huge sales all they have to do is stay focused on what they are already doing and everything will be fine

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