Sony may have lowered its annual profits forecast, but its confidence in its latest console remains sky high. The company reiterated in its second quarter report earlier today that it expects to shift 15 million PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 systems by the end of the fiscal year in March 2014, a statement which reinforces comments made by group president Andrew House at the Tokyo Game Show, when he indicated that the company expects to shift five million next generation devices throughout the same period.

Asked during an investors call to explain the organisation’s confidence in the system, chief financial officer Masaru Kato clarified that it’s based on the number of pre-orders that it’s seen for the machine. “Compared to past platforms, the pre-orders that we have received for this new platform is much, much, much higher,” he said. Way back at GamesCom, the company announced that it had accrued one million deposits for the device.

Kato added that the software lineup looks much stronger this time around, too. "Sometimes, when we launch a new platform, the software catalogue is not sufficient, or after the launch, sometimes, you don't have good titles following the launch," he continued. "But this year, on a comparative basis, I think that we have a much stronger lineup of software coming." Is that a hint at announcements still to be made, perhaps? Watch this space.