True, but it's been what 10-15 years since the rollout of PS2 worldwide. I don't think China got PS2 until 2004? Look at the massive differences happening in Asia outside of Japan. India and China are fast becoming global powers, and China has become the second largest economy in the world, and in a few years will be the de facto largest economy in the world. This means hundreds of millions of people are added to the middle class, millions become super rich etc. There are probably more middle class people in India, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, than there are people in the US.
Plus, it's no more about the pirate-able console, but the fact PS4 is a status symbol. PC is still king in Asia because of the piracy and stream factor. People can easily have large HDTV's, satellite Internet in India and China, and so much easier to hook up a console now.
This is great for Sony and for gaming though. Pretty soon, we'll see a larger generation of kids grow up with their own consoles, build their own gaming memories. Maybe we can start to see studios that will rival western development, much like western rivaled Japan.
It probably has more to do with the market penetration and support. The PS3 went for a broader and international approach in its mid life, SEA got an official PS3 and PSP release post 2009 I believe.
It was only in the PS4 (and Vita) that it went for the international approach to marketing and support on its first year of its release. Majority of the countries in Asia got official PS4 support within the year of its release.
Can't speak for the PS2, AFAIK it never got an official release in TH, ID, VN, and PH.
It's Sony. The Sony brand is still strong outside of Japan as being the top tier in electronics. Even with the push by Samsung and LG, there are still millions of people who feel Sony products are superior.
So the choice of hardware by Microsoft, which has pretty much only ever been a software company in Asia, and a games console by Sony, it's easy to see what people will go for. Microsoft is going hard in places like India and China to change this with their Xbox brand, especially last gen with Xbox 360 but when push comes to shove, they'll still want Sony, especially if they've had PS2 in the past. People also see Sony PlayStation as an Asian brand, and Xbox as an American one.
Well, it's performing less than the last two market leaders in the US. It could still easily be the second best selling console of all time only behind the PS2, but that won't be because of the US and Japan, but despite of them.
Here in Korea the PS4 seems to be doing quite well as well, also really surprised by the amount of localized games. Seems the PS4 has a bright future ahead and there's only hoping the price drop in Japan can convince a lot of gamers to buy it as well.
A chart like that for our region would look similar. Not necessarily because PS4 is more popular, but because we pirated the everliving shit out of PS2 games and buying a console outside grey market would be straight up burning money.
Isn't that the case for China as well, at least for software numbers?