New Zealand is not a large country. Its population barely exceeds 4.5 million, and most of them live on farms, powering their Dreamcasts with a hand-crank generator, with their sheep wives and fuzzy children huddling in front of a CRT tv to enjoy some Sonic Adventure. However, we at The Insatiable Gamer call New Zealand our home, and boy are we proud of how much it’s embracing the current generation of consoles.
Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand (SCENZ) have recently announced that the PS4 was the best selling gaming console for 2015, and accounts for 65% of the current generation market value in NZ. This means if you collected every XBox One, Wii U and PS4 console, game (including downloaded content), and peripheral in NZ, threw them in a giant pile, and sold it all, 65% of the money you’d get would be from selling PS4 related items.
NPD (National Purchase Diary) Group data shows that all Playstation content (not just PS4) now makes up 57% of the total gaming market, an increase by 10%. The PS4 itself made up 59% of console sales last year.
Christmas played a big part in SCENZ’s success last year too. December of 2015 proved to be Playstation’s highest performing month in NZ ever! It wasn’t just a good month down under (or should I say, down under and slightly to the right of down under), as 5.9 million PS4 consoles were sold globally during the festive season (with 35.9 million sales total in 2015, that means 16% of sales took place in one month, which is about 8.5% of a year!)
That’s enough numbers for now, let’s talk about games! PS4 has a lot of games to thank for its enormous success. The top selling 1st party titles were Bloodborne, The Order: 1886 (oops, there’s another dollar for the number jar), and The Nathan Drake Collection.
The top selling 3rd party titles were Black Ops III, Fallout 4 and Star War Battlefront.
A huge round of applause for Sony, for all their hard work through 2015, but let’s not forget what they’ve got lined up for us this year. Uncharted 4, No Man’s Sky, Horizon Zero Dawn, and what I’m personally most excited for, the new Ratchet and Clank. On top of this, Playstation Virtual Reality is set to launch 2016, so we can fully immerse ourselves in all sorts of exciting games. Last year might have been good, but 2016 is gonna be even better.