Man kan vist ikke sige andet, end at PlayStation 4 ikke bare klarede sig godt, men klarede sig over al forventning. Men de forventninger var, for nogle, også sat ret lavt ved indgangen til denne generation. På det tidspunkt frygtede konsolbranchen nemlig mobilernes indtog, og det lader til at vi var tættere på en virkelighed uden PlayStation-konsoller inden vi lige gik og troede.
I en ny dokumentar om PlayStation-brandet ved navn "The PlayStation Revolution" (via VGC) fortæller tidligere PlayStation-chef Shahid Ahmad, der brugte over et årti hos Sony, at hvis ikke det var gået så godt for PS4-konsollen på markedet, så kunne det let have været Sonys sidste spilkonsol.
"I think even we were surprised by just how rapturous the reception was for PS4, because it was a kind of redemption as well," he said. "We'd been through the fire with PS3 and now everything was on the line. We had to get this right and if we didn't, it could've been the end. The strategy was set, the hardware was focused and all that remained was launch and reception. Partners were there, developers were involved - even independent developers were involved in the launch of PS4. The pricing had been set. Decisions about DRM and so on, which had been so controversial in other events, had also been made. What we didn't expect was that it would be such an incredible success, beyond our wildest dreams. But it was the tone with which we communicated the whole thing: 'this is 4 the players'. The entire focus of launch was around players."
Men enden blev det ikke ligefrem. PS4 solgte over 110 millioner konsoller, og nu venter vi på PS5.