In an interview with MCV, Fergal Gara, the new VP of Sony for The UK and Ireland, detailed his thoughts on the previous quarter in that region. Though his tone seemed to be upbeat throughout the interview, he seemed to have mixed feelings about the PS3’s recent performance and cited specific problems with the PlayStation Move platform and the general atmosphere at Sony.
Concerning the Move, it almost comes as no surprise that it is generally underperforming – it’s most popular game, Sports Champions, only has a few hundred thousand sales to it’s name, which Gara described as a ‘healthy’ amount. Still, the Move sports a much smaller selection of titles than the Nintendo Wii, and Gara expects the true test to be Sony’s upcoming titles, not its existing ones.
In addition to Sony’s problems moving copies of Move, Gara cited several other larger problems facing the company, including a lulled state that the PlayStation team exists in, hung-over from their days as the market-dominant force.
There is also the worry that in The UK the term “Xbox” has replaced “PlayStation” when the mainstream media needs to refer to consoles, a fact Gara cedes as having happened to a degree.