Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been a trailblazing success story this generation, shipping a whopping 47.4 million units as of September 30th, 2016. It’s well on its way to becoming one of the biggest selling consoles of all-time and deservedly so, with a robust library of great games, extensive online functionality, developer friendly hardware and a welcome focus that puts the gamer at the centre of the experience. Out of the gate, Sony has done a ton of things right, for both consumers and developers alike. However, it feels to me that the PS4 is beginning to hit turbulent waters.
The console’s biggest competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox One, has outsold the PS4 for three months in a row now, thanks in-part to the newly launched Xbox One S, a smaller more powerful version of the Xbox One that boasts a 4K Blu-ray player and 4K video streaming. It’s been a smart move by Microsoft, as feature-wise it does feel like a nice step forward for their console, particularly in regards to its 4K Blu-ray functionality, which even the newly released, super-powered PS4 Pro curiously lacks.
Taking all of that into account, it definitely feels as if Sony’s pride and joy is starting to get a little lost at sea, and here’s why.