PlayStation 4 Sells a Million Units in 24 Hours

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PlayStation 4 Sells a Million Units in 24 Hours

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that over a million North Americans are playing the latest PlayStation console.

If you follow gaming industry news, you probably had a good idea that the PlayStation 4 would sell well, at least initially. Preorder demand was so high that many retailers put them on hold entirely, while Sony predicted that 3 million units would be sold by New Years Day. Now actual numbers are trickling in, and it appears that Sony's prediction was warranted: In its first 24 hours, over a million units were sold in North America alone, a figure that will dramatically increase with Europe's launch on November 29th.

Of course, the successful launch has led to console shortages, with many preorders not arriving until Christmas or even January 2014. Regardless, Sony is well on its way to reaching 5 million sales by the end of the fiscal year. Whether that success continues this console generation remains to be seen, especially with competition from the Xbox One and Steam Machines, but it's still a promising start.

Source: Twitter, via Polygon

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It's a good start. I hope both ps4 and xbox one are successful, as competition generally means better games.

That is impressive... Must resist in asking how many got sent back due to wobbly console, bad ports and giving up the ghost when released from it's packaging.

This actually makes me sad.

Not that I dislike it (IMO PS3 was the best console this gen and PS4 is looking the most attractive out of the 3), but so many people are putting hundreds of dollars into a product that wont have many worthwhile games for months (pretty much just Knack and Killzone, both of which are said to be meh), a product that is not guaranteed to have games a year or two after the launch (like the Wii U now) and a product that's bound to have hardware issues (PS1, PS2 and PS3 all had them and from the sounds of things PS4 is no different).

Do so many people really want to pay the maximum price for all that and not just wait a little?

ComicsAreWeird:
It's a good start. I hope both ps4 and xbox one are successful, as competition generally means better games.

Not really, competition means timed exclusives, and huge marketing projects.

The game developer teams themselves won't magically grow artistic skills based on whether their works are being sold on one, two, or three consoles.

Right now, the best thing for gaming would be if one of the consoles could stay in the game, and that would handle the shiny cinematic AAA action game side of things, with the PC (with or without steambox) as a rival option for ports, indies, and countercultural products.

I was not sure how that actually compared to last gen launch but after checking it out... Wow. I think this is an indication of how gaming has grown over this last generation. I won't be surprised it the Xbox One has similar numbers.

Ouch.

A good part of this may just be that the Gaming Community has expanded hence more console sales in general, but that's really painful for the xBone.

Remember, this is just NA sales. The PS4 hasn't launched worldwide yet.

Phrozenflame500:
Ouch.

A good part of this may just be that the Gaming Community has expanded hence more console sales in general, but that's really painful for the xBone.

Remember, this is just NA sales. The PS4 hasn't launched worldwide yet.

Indeed, it doesn't launch in Europe until the 29th, and it's not launching in Japan until February of next year.

OT: Well that's good for Sony. I don't have one yet, but I plan on getting a PS4 once they patch in the HDMI recording and some of the games I want come out for it.

munx13:
This actually makes me sad.

Not that I dislike it (IMO PS3 was the best console this gen and PS4 is looking the most attractive out of the 3), but so many people are putting hundreds of dollars into a product that wont have many worthwhile games for months (pretty much just Knack and Killzone, both of which are said to be meh), a product that is not guaranteed to have games a year or two after the launch (like the Wii U now) and a product that's bound to have hardware issues (PS1, PS2 and PS3 all had them and from the sounds of things PS4 is no different).

Do so many people really want to pay the maximum price for all that and not just wait a little?

Seriously? Why the hell are you sad to see good sales, if noone buys then no 3rd party games are made for it, just like the Wii U. PlayStation normally have a low failure rate, if I remember the PS3 was only 3%, compared to the 360s 40 odd. No system has a 100% no failure rate, but Sony keeps it damn low historically.

Edit: fixed smart phone auto correct.

Considering this is NA which is the traditional Xbone stronghold and a major focus of MS (fantasy football anyone?) this is big news.

Very good to hear, if Destiny was a day one release I would have purchased a PS4 as well. I just don't feel that the Xbone has enough for me to justify their price, with the next Uncharted announced just a few days ago and MGSV on the horizon I see absolutely no reason to go with anything else.

So, if you take about three hundred people out of North America, any three hundred people, chances are at least one of them has a PS4 right now. And I'd imagine there's going to be twice as many of them by Christmas. Man, once it actually gets some games, the PS4 is going to be doing pretty well.

And I'm two of them :D

Considering that both of mine are int he closet waiting for christmas though... I don't think 1 mill sales equals 1 mill playing.

munx13:
This actually makes me sad.

Not that I dislike it (IMO PS3 was the best console this gen and PS4 is looking the most attractive out of the 3), but so many people are putting hundreds of dollars into a product that wont have many worthwhile games for months (pretty much just Knack and Killzone, both of which are said to be meh), a product that is not guaranteed to have games a year or two after the launch (like the Wii U now) and a product that's bound to have hardware issues (PS1, PS2 and PS3 all had them and from the sounds of things PS4 is no different).

Do so many people really want to pay the maximum price for all that and not just wait a little?

Can you imagine if everyone thought like you and didn't buy console at launch? It certainly wouldn't help Sony's ironing out whatever the hardware issue is.

While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

canadamus_prime:
While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

It plays games out of the box and is focused on games, exactly what people are crying out for now people bitch that it's MP3 playback is set for later release due to them focusing on the game side and people still bitch. Get over it.

This community (gaming in general not the escapist specifically) is getting pathetic, I miss the days when people were positive about new consoles. Yes xbox one is a fuck up and I hope they fail for what they tried to do but that's Microsoft in a nutshell right now.

A single tear ran down Nintendo's face when they heard about this. Have they even reached a million WiiU's sold in NA yet?

On the one hand a prosperous launch will likely equal better games in the future and lead to all round better console gaming for the next gen which is undoubtedly a good thing. On the other hand there have been serious issues with a lot of consoles not working and several features missing that were present in previous consoles and these sorts of figures will likely send Sony the message that this is perfectly ok which I disagree with.

Then again, as several people have kindly pointed out, no one's forcing me to buy one and therefore I have no right to express any kind of reservations about the PS4... apparently.

Not to take the piss but considering how Sony lost money for every PS3 unit sale for years, I have to admit I'm damned curious if this large sales margin actually means that Sony has made any money at all so far. Large sales numbers with only a small return on their investment, or worse no profit or even a loss per each sale does not a triumph make. I'm really itching to find out what the manufacturing cost vs sales price profit actually is.

canadamus_prime:
While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

Why be disappointed? Because we are stupid and go out and buy it early, that means games will be made for it, so when you actually come around to buying it, there will be good things to play. People like myself who bum rush it to grab the console day one make the console relevant, meaning it will get games in the future.

munx13:
This actually makes me sad.

Not that I dislike it (IMO PS3 was the best console this gen and PS4 is looking the most attractive out of the 3), but so many people are putting hundreds of dollars into a product that wont have many worthwhile games for months (pretty much just Knack and Killzone, both of which are said to be meh), a product that is not guaranteed to have games a year or two after the launch (like the Wii U now) and a product that's bound to have hardware issues (PS1, PS2 and PS3 all had them and from the sounds of things PS4 is no different).

Do so many people really want to pay the maximum price for all that and not just wait a little?

And its because of early adopters that makes a console worth making more games for. If you want to wait thats fine but its because of people willing to take that chance that allows for it time to build up steam to get more games like you want.

canadamus_prime:
While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

They bought into the pre-launch hype. Thing is, customers like that are easily swayed and they will leap right into things without a second thought. It's why the chest puffing announcement of "1 million sold!" doesn't really impress me, especially when you consider how front-loaded releases have been getting over the past few years. Give it until the end of year at the earliest and then we'll see how things go.

RicoADF:

canadamus_prime:
While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

It plays games out of the box and is focused on games, exactly what people are crying out for now people bitch that it's MP3 playback is set for later release due to them focusing on the game side and people still bitch. Get over it.

This community (gaming in general not the escapist specifically) is getting pathetic, I miss the days when people were positive about new consoles. Yes xbox one is a fuck up and I hope they fail for what they tried to do but that's Microsoft in a nutshell right now.

I'm not bitching. Truthfully I don't care about MP3 playback or whatever. It's just the idea of removing features that the previous console had just irks me. There once was a time when the next generation of a thing did more than it's predecessor, not less. And I just have to wonder what's happened to consumers in general and specifically gamers that we just roll over and accept it.

klaynexas3:

canadamus_prime:
While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

Why be disappointed? Because we are stupid and go out and buy it early, that means games will be made for it, so when you actually come around to buying it, there will be good things to play. People like myself who bum rush it to grab the console day one make the console relevant, meaning it will get games in the future.

Sometimes that's just not enough.

CardinalPiggles:
A single tear ran down Nintendo's face when they heard about this. Have they even reached a million WiiU's sold in NA yet?

Yes. More than a million and a half I believe.

I'm not up to snuff on my controversial gaming news so forgive any ignorance but what's the big deal with lack of mp3 support? Isn't mp3 music, so why not just go on YouTube or itunes or any number of alternative methods of playing music? Did that many people listen to music through the ps3?

On topic. Well done to Sony and congrats to all of you lucky mothers who live in NA, this English guy is certainly jelly.

I know the games are a bit lack luster but I still can't wait to get my grubby mits on it. Seems the game to play is resogun, personally I think it looks dull but I'm not a score attack kind of guy.

I pre-ordered mine from the Sony store, and it showed up the day after release. Just wish Watchdogs wasn't pushed back cause that was gonna be my first game. My friend has the new Killzone so I'll wait till he's done and I'm really burnt out on Assassin's Creed. Have no interest in COD, although the new Battlefield looks interesting. But Warframe should hold me over for a little bit.

This is in line with predictions I heard and my own personal predictions. Still a little surprised that there were so many sales. Of course, there were plenty of people at Gamestop at the launch, so I guess I shouldn't be.

In any event, Congratulations on the successful sale, Sony!

I've been happy with my own purchase. And it seems I have a friend who may be purchasing his own much sooner than he had planned. I may have even managed to steal a sale from Xbox One, too.

Speaking of which, I'll be curious as to how that one does in comparison. Data on console sales indicate that it should sell better in North America than it will in other places. So, seeing how strong those numbers are will be very interesting. Meanwhile, according to previous sales data, the PS4 should sell very strongly in Europe. So, seeing those numbers will also be interesting.

CardinalPiggles:
A single tear ran down Nintendo's face when they heard about this. Have they even reached a million WiiU's sold in NA yet?

According to VGChartz, the Wii U has sold 3.9 million units worldwide. Which puts it behind Playstation Vita (of the more current systems) at 6.15 million units. The Wii U has sold 1.63 million units in North America, for the sake of comparison to the PS4 sales.

Aiddon:

canadamus_prime:
While that is impressive, I'm a little disappointed that so many people were so eager to rush out and buy the thing despite all the news about all the stuff the thing WON'T do. In fact I believe the news about all the stuff it won't do outweighed the news about stuff it will do.

They bought into the pre-launch hype. Thing is, customers like that are easily swayed and they will leap right into things without a second thought. It's why the chest puffing announcement of "1 million sold!" doesn't really impress me, especially when you consider how front-loaded releases have been getting over the past few years. Give it until the end of year at the earliest and then we'll see how things go.

So, all one million people are just idiotic sheeple who will buy whatever someone tells them to?
Good to know.

That is impressive to say the least. For those thinking people buying the first wave of consoles are foolish, I say you're very wrong. I ask that you look to Amazon and the like. I'm seeing people selling PS4 anywhere from $600-$1,0000. Yes, people have bought a PS4 only to turn around and sell it for a profit. I wonder if that factors into Sony's sales. None the less people are right in their assumptions; if the unit sales well more devs are willing to produce more products. To make an example Sony's handhelds; they had mediocre sales and the number of games lacking. Would high sales have changed things? I think so. But similar to what everyone has heard I too know that there have been systems that aren't working. I think that's what many were afraid of. That along with the limited stocks might have kept people from picking up a unit right away. Still I'm going to grab one for Christmas if possible. Mayhaps by then we'll see fixes for the various issues. I'm thinking that by the time it releases in Japan in Feb thing will be in full swing.

This is not a booyah moment, per se, but it is a feather in their caps. This is the sliding scale that business is. Someone comes up on top and someone else either holds ground or falls. In this case, Microsoft really needs to read its customers better. Personally, I think that while theit consoles are generally okay (You know, except for the latest.), this really wasn't their field, especially since they just copied Sony.

not bad. it would be really amusing if microsoft would sell only 1000 of the xbone in 24h. :p
ok, im pretty sure thats unlikely but would be still funny to see if they would sell less then sony.

Arawn:
That is impressive to say the least. For those thinking people buying the first wave of consoles are foolish, I say you're very wrong. I ask that you look to Amazon and the like. I'm seeing people selling PS4 anywhere from $600-$1,0000. Yes, people have bought a PS4 only to turn around and sell it for a profit.

This.

My younger brother has bought three. He was going to sell all three but he decided to keep one.

Metalrocks:
not bad. it would be really amusing if microsoft would sell only 1000 of the xbone in 24h. :p
ok, im pretty sure thats unlikely but would be still funny to see if they would sell less then sony.

As much as everyone hates what MS did, they will move units. Even if it's only for:

thepyrethatburns:

My younger brother has bought three. He was going to sell all three but he decided to keep one.

If it happened for PS4 it's going to happen for Xbox One. People will buy them and attempt to sell them for a marked up price. Honestly I'm a bit envious that they're willing to pull such a stunt off. I feel guilty for those people that actually want to play on said consoles. Who am I to take the potential unit out of their hands to line my pockets? It's not evil, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But yeah, Xbox One has it's fans and they will rise to the occasion to support their system. Sales of consoles is but the starting bell for the new gen. The games that follow will make or break either one. http://mashable.com/2013/11/14/xbox-one-ps4-launch-titles/

Congratulations Sony! I hope things only get better from here :). Likewise, I hope the Xbox One does just as well; a one-sided competition isn't very healthy, nor is it entertaining.

The thing that confuses me is the some people act like the fact the launch games aren't too spiffy and are getting mixed reviews means the PS4 is in trouble (despite the sales figures). When I got the PS3 for Christmas, the only games I had for an entire year until the following Christmas were MotorStorm (packaged with the PS3 and a racing game with no local mulitplayer...please), Heavenly Sword (good but not great), and The Godfather (still one of my favorites). I didn't even care about any of these games until I played them. Same with the GameCube before it. But I wanted those systems not for the games that were in the launch window or for any of their other features, but because of the future potential. Because I'm a hopeless Resident Evil (sole reason I wanted the GameCube) fan and those systems would have the games I'd like.

Hell, if you're a Plus subscriber, you get Contrast and Resogun for "free," there's Warframe and some other free-to-play games coming, so you don't even have to buy any games at launch and still keep getting games every month, even if some are PS3 games with new paint jobs. If I had the money, I'd definitely buy a PS4

luvd1:
That is impressive... Must resist in asking how many got sent back due to wobbly console, bad ports and giving up the ghost when released from it's packaging.

SO far the only official number is 0.4%

munx13:
a product that's bound to have hardware issues (PS1, PS2 and PS3 all had them and from the sounds of things PS4 is no different).

Because other products didnt have hardware issues. oh, wait, they had, more of them.

RicoADF:

This community (gaming in general not the escapist specifically) is getting pathetic, I miss the days when people were positive about new consoles. Yes xbox one is a fuck up and I hope they fail for what they tried to do but that's Microsoft in a nutshell right now.

I miss the days when new consoles were something worth being positive about.

Battenberg:
On the other hand there have been serious issues with a lot of consoles not working

Yes, 0.4% is a lot of consoles not working. Not to mention that soem failures was expected and was true for every launch for consoles.

Psychobabble:
Not to take the piss but considering how Sony lost money for every PS3 unit sale for years, I have to admit I'm damned curious if this large sales margin actually means that Sony has made any money at all so far. Large sales numbers with only a small return on their investment, or worse no profit or even a loss per each sale does not a triumph make. I'm really itching to find out what the manufacturing cost vs sales price profit actually is.

Sony however gains money with games sold, and if you got huge initial install base, theres a lot of games your going to sell. They lsot money on consoles now too, but they expect to make up for it.

omega 616:
Isn't mp3 music, so why not just go on YouTube or itunes or any number of alternative methods of playing music? Did that many people listen to music through the ps3?

Please tell me how does one go to youtube without internet. then again, what is this silly fashion of listening music though youtube anyway, youtube is for videos not music.

Saltyk:
Data on console sales indicate that it should sell better in North America than it will in other places. Meanwhile, according to previous sales data, the PS4 should sell very strongly in Europe. So, seeing those numbers will also be interesting.

you got a bit of a contradiction gonig on here.
It will sell better elsewhere. Microsoft traditionally holds US superiority while Sony - the rest of the world. Now, based on preorders Sony should even take US this time.

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