If hardware sales are an indication of how much a brand is loved, and if software sales are a measure of how attached people are to hardware, then Sony is doing everything right from top to bottom with the PlayStation 4, because Konami royally cleaned up in the sales department with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
GamesIndustry.biz managed to get their hands on Konami's first quarter results for the fiscal year. The data tracks the three months leading up to and ending on June 30th. Guess what the numbers say?
Fitting in line with the current hardware sales trends of the PS4 and Xbox One, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has managed to move three times as many copies on the PlayStation 4 in comparison to the Xbox One, with GI.biz writing...
“Ground Zeroes is the only title Konami has released on the new systems to date, and the publisher reported PS4 sales made up 12 percent of the total copies of PC and console games sold during the quarter, compared to the Xbox One's 4 percent share. “
It was further reported that even though Ground Zeroes launched within the end of Konami's previous fiscal year, the sales on the PS4 still made up for 8% of what the company made from games moved through the end of that quarter, where-as the Xbox One only accounted for 3% of the revenue share.
If the numbers sound abysmal that's because they are.
Nevertheless, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes helped Konami push some serious revenue throughout the first quarter, with the company reporting $472.6 million in revenue with a net profit of $13.2 million. That's pretty good news for Konami. And even though MGS V accounted for 570,000 copies moved throughout the quarter, GI.biz notes that the company made some big bank on their pachinko business with a net revenue of $34 million.
It's quite easy to see how the PS4 version of the game would manage to outsell its Xbox counterpart. Well before the game's release it was made known that the PS4 version of the game would run twice the pixel count as the Xbox One, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p compared to the Xbox One's 1280 x 720p output. It's not hard to figure that with Konami's long-running history with PlayStation – combined with better graphics – would make Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on the PS4 an easy shoe-in purchase for anyone caught having to decide which version to buy.
Nevertheless, the game wasn't without criticism. There were complaints about Ground Zeroes being too short, and that it was basically nothing more than a glorified demo for $30. The reviews praised the game's visuals and gameplay mechanics, as well as the open world exploration, but cited the length and confusing story as potential turnoffs.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is available right now for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, and the follow-up, The Phantom Pain, is due for release some time in 2015 for the home consoles.