November 18, 2013
One-Day Sales Of PlayStation 4 Consoles Top 1 Million In North America
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
According to IGN’s Andrew Goldfarb, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida first reported the sales figures via Twitter, tweeting that the company’s first new gaming system in seven years had “sold through over 1 million units within 24 hours of the launch in North America!”
The figure was later confirmed by Adam Boyes, Sony Vice President of publisher and developer relations, who thanked gamers for their role in the milestone, Goldfarb added. The $399 PS4 shipped in North America on November 15 and is scheduled to launch in Europe on November 29th and in Japan sometime in 2014.
Sony expects to sell five million PS4 units by the end of its fiscal year in March 2014, the Associated Press (AP) said. Microsoft, Sony’s chief rival in the gaming market, is scheduled to launch their new Xbox One console this week.
The PS4 “is now Sony’s fastest-selling console, with North American sales surpassing the initial demand for the PlayStation 2 in Japan,” Tom Warren of The Verge said. “European sales of the PS4 start in just under two weeks, so it’s entirely possible that Sony’s next-gen console could overtake Nintendo’s struggling Wii U sales (currently 3.91 million) by the end of the year.”
The new launch did not go 100 percent smoothly, though. According to Mike Snider of USA Today, some new PS4 owners have complained that their systems would not display video and had a flashing light.
In a statement, Sony acknowledged that “a handful of people” had reported problems, but that the number of incidents were “within our expectations for a new product introduction” and that the “vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.” Warren added that Sony claims that just 0.4 percent of systems are affected, but that over one-third of PS4 reviews on Amazon complained of hardware failures.
“The highly publicized release of PS4 attracted the attention of some thieves,” Snider added. A pair of men were arrested in Bakersfield, California after robbing a customer of a PS4 outside of a store there, and in Hutchinson, Kansas, a PS4 was taken from a home early Saturday morning.