PS4 Enjoys Best Console Launch Of All Time Says Analyst DFC

PS4 Enjoys Best Console Launch Of All Time Says Analyst DFC

The PS4 outsold the Xbox One at US retail.

As both consoles launched to great fanfare, the question on everyone's mind was, which would outsell the other? Well, the answer's in: the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US, thanks in part to launching a week ahead of Microsoft's console. The PS4 has had the best console launch of all time, in terms of total hardware unit sales, says analyst DFC.

Xbox One claims more than 2 million units sold worldwide, which includes US retail sales of over 900,000 units during its first nine days on the market. At the height of the frenzy, Microsoft sold over 100,000 units per day in the US. However Sony's PS4 sold 2.1 million in North America and Europe - over 1 million sold in North America within 24 hours - making it the US retail top seller.

"Thank you for making the PS4 the biggest launch in PlayStation history," says Sony.

The US retail top 10 title list is pretty much as you'd expect. The only mild surprise - and not much of one - is Grand Theft Auto V which, appropriately enough, holds the #5 spot on NPD's chart. It's the only game in the top 5 that isn't available on either of the two new consoles. It's insanely popular, granted, but to still hold a position in the charts when two major consoles are smacking each other around with launch titles is an achievement in itself.

The full list is:

#1: Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)

#2: Battlefield 4 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

#3: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)

#4: Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

#5: Grand Theft Auto 5 (Xbox 360, PS3)

#6: NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

#7: Skylanders: SWAP Force (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS)

#8: Just Dance 2014 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Wii)

#9: Disney Infinity (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS)

#10: FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Vita)

Source: Eurogamer

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*annnnd wait for Xboners to rage about numbers being wrong*

Still seeing Xbones at my local retailers sitting on the shelf, and no PS4s in weeks.... So not really all that surprised.

Meh both of them are still overpriced midgrade PCs....

Sure, maybe in sales, but in content? Nowhere near close. I'd say that the NES, SNES, or GBA shares that honor.

...to no real surprise at all. It was inevitable that Sony would win the pre-release hype contest, especially after all of Microsoft's blunders and backpedaling. It's not like it's a landslide victory, though (since we are excluding Japan for obvious reasons). Heck, considering how expensive it is, I'm surprised the Xbox One did as well as it did.

I hate beating old adages to death, but the PS4 has won the battle, not the war.

slash2x:
*annnnd wait for Xboners to rage about numbers being wrong*

Still seeing Xbones at my local retailers sitting on the shelf, and no PS4s in weeks.... So not really all that surprised

That's what made me laugh when IGN (i think) did a news report saying the Xbone outsold the PS4 over Black Friday. Hard to buy something that is sold out :P

Seriously I was at a store talking with a clerk when a woman asked about buying a PS4 and they were sold out and to check back in a week. Granted that was after black Friday but still, you can't satisfy demand if you don't have any supply. Be interesting to know how many of those Xbone sales would have PS4 if there had been any available.

slash2x:
*annnnd wait for Xboners to rage about numbers being wrong*

Still seeing Xbones at my local retailers sitting on the shelf, and no PS4s in weeks....

Yo Slash, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish but the XBone had one of the best launches of all time. One of the best launches of all time!

;)

It's selling so well there isn't a single PS4 to be found in a store anywhere near to where I live :<

Info-graphic is a bit disingenuous to put the XBone and Wii on the same tier despite XBone selling an additional .4 million units.

Congrats to Sony, but it's not exactly a wide margin, only .1 million consoles. I'd very much like to see the PS4 become another PS2 considering that's my favorite system of all time, but only time is gonna tell us the truth.

Elamdri:
Info-graphic is a bit disingenuous to put the XBone and Wii on the same tier despite XBone selling an additional .4 million units.

Congrats to Sony, but it's not exactly a wide margin, only .1 million consoles. I'd very much like to see the PS4 become another PS2 considering that's my favorite system of all time, but only time is gonna tell us the truth.

I notice that too, why is the Xbox at the bottom when it sold more than the Wii and the PS2? It's just a strange way to format the graphic if this is supposed to be an objective analysis.

MinionJoe:

slash2x:
*annnnd wait for Xboners to rage about numbers being wrong*

Still seeing Xbones at my local retailers sitting on the shelf, and no PS4s in weeks....

Yo Slash, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish but the XBone had one of the best launches of all time. One of the best launches of all time!

;)

Why did I imagine you doing that in this guys voice and excitement level....

Why do all the consoles get different regions counted?
How about global numbers for all launches?
Skewed statistics much?

I'm not really getting the infographic either. I thought it was based on the population it was being sold to, hence the fact that the xbox one is 4th on the list despite having the second highest number. But to my mind that would make the PS2 a run away winner. Selling 1.4M units in Japan alone, with a population of 130M approximately compared to 2.1M sales across the US and Europe with populations of 300M each (that number for Europe is probably out by a fair way, but it's in that sort of region) seems to suggest that if that was how the infographic was being arranged that the PS2 should be the clear winner.

And just look at that Top 10 list, will ya? Seven out of ten games are sequels. Beautiful..In the top 5 list, every game have at least FOUR games under their belt already. Holy shit, the stagnation..

Realitycrash:
And just look at that Top 10 list, will ya? Seven out of ten games are sequels. Beautiful..In the top 5 list, every game have at least FOUR games under their belt already. Holy shit, the stagnation..

Don't you mean 9/10 are sequels? Disney Infinity is the only one among the bunch that is a new IP and it's still just a Skylanders clone.

Church185:

Realitycrash:
And just look at that Top 10 list, will ya? Seven out of ten games are sequels. Beautiful..In the top 5 list, every game have at least FOUR games under their belt already. Holy shit, the stagnation..

Don't you mean 9/10 are sequels? Disney Infinity is the only one among the bunch that is a new IP and it's still just a Skylanders clone.

I could only speak about those I knew for certain. Never heard of Skylander, actually.

Saw a graphic the other week think it was the top movies for 1990 something vs the top movies for 2010 or something, almost every movie were sequals or spin offs, the ones in 1990 almost of of them were original IPs.

We are in a decade of the sequal where all out business leaders are looking for the easy thing the most bank for their buck and treat original ideas like the plague.

Course consumers seems to support this tread, so there is no real reason for them to stop churning out remakes and nostalgia cash ins.

Realitycrash:
I could only speak about those I knew for certain. Never heard of Skylander, actually.

Skylanders have been out for a couple years, this is the third version of the game I believe. Even that is based off of the Spyro the Dragon series...

Didn't mean to sound like I was jumping on you. I'm actually just as surprised as you are that there aren't more new IPs up there.

It's amazing how much Microsoft has been touting how well the console has sold, and yet in Australia, retailers have completely stopped advertising the PS4. They did originally, but they sold out SO fast, they simply don't have any PS4s to sell and would have gotten unreasonably angry customers bitching if they kept advertising. Meanwhile, I can buy a Xbone at any of the retailers nearby who sell consoles. None have sold out.

i wonder what the numbers would be if there were actually any PS4 available for sale for people that want to buy them.

loa:
Why do all the consoles get different regions counted?
How about global numbers for all launches?
Skewed statistics much?

that is global numbers, they released in different regions. they for soem reason seem to be unable to release everywhere at once because fuck people that want to buy them right?

cerebus23:
Saw a graphic the other week think it was the top movies for 1990 something vs the top movies for 2010 or something, almost every movie were sequals or spin offs, the ones in 1990 almost of of them were original IPs.

We are in a decade of the sequal where all out business leaders are looking for the easy thing the most bank for their buck and treat original ideas like the plague.

Course consumers seems to support this tread, so there is no real reason for them to stop churning out remakes and nostalgia cash ins.

Yes, you know on movie forums there is a saying flating which is based on an old movie: When there is no more room in hoolywood sequels will roam the earth.
When new game comes out i always end up getting the 1st one in the series because im obsessive like that (got to start from 1st), and that is usually better than sequelitis. There were god seuqles and improvements (for example Paradox game sequels are always improvements on the old game, sometimes redoing it all in a whole new engine), but then we look at something like Battlefrield, COD or AC and i just get sad.

Eh, I'm not really taking up for the Xbox One when I say this, but a lot of people I run into at our store(Yeah, I work for a major retailer of video games) who are wondering about an Xbox One, don't realise that Microsoft reversed all of those evil policies they had. And, even if you don't have the internet you can still get the first update by going to your local library and manually downloading it on a flash drive, or taking your system over to someone's house who does have the internet. Somewhat of a pain in the ass, but also it's something that's completely doable. I've sold more Xbox Ones by actually educating people on it, versus just letting it sit behind the counter and not say a thing about it to them when they look at it.

Also, a lot of people have actually just stopped looking for the next gen systems(at least in my area) and just assume you don't have any of them, whether they wanted an Xbox One of PS4, so whatever you might have available just sits there until someone comes in. Again, not trying to take up for the Xbox One, but it's just something I've noticed and wonder if it plays a bigger role in things across the country/globe than just in my little on horse town.

Karloff:
The only mild surprise - and not much of one - is Grand Theft Auto V which, appropriately enough, holds the #5 spot on NPD's chart. It's the only game in the top 5 that isn't available on either of the two new consoles. It's insanely popular, granted, but to still hold a position in the charts when two major consoles are smacking each other around with launch titles is an achievement in itself.

Is it? Are there really that many good launch titles? Most of what I've seen is either already available on PS3/Xbox360/PC or mediocre at best.

slash2x:
*annnnd wait for Xboners to rage about numbers being wrong*

Still seeing Xbones at my local retailers sitting on the shelf, and no PS4s in weeks.... So not really all that surprised.

Meh both of them are still overpriced midgrade PCs....

gamegod25:
PS4 sold out

Eruanno:
It's selling so well there isn't a single PS4 to be found in a store anywhere near to where I live :<

The PS4's are there, retailers are just withholding them from sale until tomorrow today so as to run up demand. In fact, they did the same thing until thanksgiving to drive up additional merchandise sales.

I work retail. My store has had 54 units in the back, locked up. When customers come in I have to tell them to come back later knowing full-well that we have them but that I'm not allowed to sell them because retailers are fucking assholes

You know, I really can't see Microsoft complaining with those numbers, both consoles did phenomenally and the Xbone would have been the "best console launch" if it weren't for the PS4 anyway.

Its important to remember: whoever wins, we win more. The fact that both of these consoles are selling so well means that third party developers are far more likely to make multi platform games, instead of exclusives that leave certain gamers out of the fun. Plus, more investment into games in general, and more investment means more games! yay!

I just hope this is fanboys buying consoles at launch but later it won't sell much.

I really want PS4 and Xbone to fail hard.

 

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