Hideki Yasuda, an analyst with Ace Research Institute, has provided highly positive predictions for the PlayStation's future over the next year as well as briefly commented on this year's progress. Yasuda is a regular during Sony's conference calls, and thus he has been monitoring the entertainment company for some time. These predictions come hot on the heels of Sony's third-quarter financial reports.
Sony certainly seems to be doing well this year, having shipped 6.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles last quarter. Software sales have also increased, leading to a profitable quarter for Sony. Yasuda expects that this positive trend will continue, predicting that the difference in profit forecasts and the actual results for the 2014 fiscal year will be greater than anticipated.
Next fiscal year will be the peak of the PlayStation 4's life cycle, according to Yasuda's prediction. Along with a peak in PlayStation 4 sales, Yasuda believes that PlayStation Plus subscribers and software sales will be at their maximum levels, resulting in even greater profitability. Sony's Chief Financial Officer, Kenichiro Yoshida, confirmed that the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers has been increasing and that there are currently around 60 million unique, monthly users on the entire PlayStation Network. As a result of these numbers, Sony is expecting great things in the coming periods.
Although he didn't give any more predictions, Yasuda has promised more insight at the end of the fiscal year conference in a few months. However, Yasuda concluded by stating that he believes Sony is "a good business with high potential."
Will his predictions come true? Only time will tell.