2014 in Review: Sony

Sony went into 2014 with tons of momentum, and as you'll soon read, their momentum has continued to increase.

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Sony started 2014 hot on the heels of the release of its PlayStation 4, which was released in North America on November 15, 2013. The beginning of 2014 brought the announcement of the PlayStation Now game streaming service being available in the summer, which gave those who are willing to pay Sony’s strange prices to rent or own a game to be able to enjoy a wide variety of PlayStation games across multiple devices.

While Sony made it possible for fans of its and third-party publisher titles with PlayStation Now, they also focused on the future of gaming by announcing they would be throwing their virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, into the proverbial VR ring. Sony’s Worldwide Studios for SCE president Shuhei Yoshida revealed the headset during GDC 2014 and had the following to share regarding the device. “Virtual Reality is the next innovation from PlayStation that may very well shape the future of games.”

Sony continued to shape the future of how its customers are able to experience their games by introducing a new mini console, called the PlayStation TV, that would allow users to be able to play PlayStation Vita games outside of a handheld environment, access PlayStation Now’s library of titles, and stream their PlayStation 4 games to an additional TV in their home. Unfortunately, in later months it would seem the PlayStation TV didn’t make as big of an impact as Sony would have liked. In late October, Sony combined sales of its handheld division, which included the Vita, PSP, and PS TV, and said they sold a total of 700,000 units between July 2014 and September 2014, which was down 100,000 units within the same time last year.

On the other hand, PlayStation as a whole has been doing very well for itself as Sony threw its first PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas, NV on December 6. The event hosted a large number of exclusive announcements, demos, and updates regarding some of PlayStation’s most iconic game series, one of which was a 15 minute live demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Now that 2014 has ended, Sony is seen as being the leader of the pack as the momentum they built since E3 2013 has been increasing with each month that goes by. The holiday season has come to a close, which means there are a number of new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita owners out there. Will there be enough sold to keep Sony’s momentum going into 2015? We’re sure we’ll find out shortly once Sony reveals how many units they sold over the holiday season.

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