Sony: PS4 sells over 1 million units in North America in first 24 hours

Sony officially launched the PlayStation 4 console in the U.S. and Canada on Friday. Despite a number of reports claiming hardware and software issues with the product after the launch, the company decided to issue a rare Sunday press release proudly announcing that the PS4 had sold over 1 million units in North America in its first 24 hours.

Sony's sales announcement made no mention of the issues that some buyers have had with the PS4 since the launch. It also didn't break down how many of those sales were pre-orders and how many PS4 units were sold the day of the actual launch.

The launch of the PS4 in the U.S. and Canada happened close to seven years after the launch of the PS3, which happened first in Japan a few days before the U.S. release in 2006. However, due to parts shortages, shipments and sales of the PS3 were well below those of the PS4 during that same time period. In January 2007, Sony stated that they reached sales of 1 million PS3 units in North America six weeks after its launch.

Sony will launch the PS4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29th, but Sony's home country of Japan will have to wait until February 22nd to get their hands on the console. Sony has already predicted they will sell 3 million PS4 units by the end of 2013 and 5 million units by the end of March 2014.

Source: Sony via PRNewswire | Image via Sony

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Good for Sony for releasing sales number, while some companies will resort to sold out sign on their web order page.

My biggest worry with the PS4 is the internal heat, er I mean power supply. In Sony's official teardown video they mentioned making it internal as the customer wouldnt want another box laying around somewhere. But I gotta think the trade-off would still be worth it, especially for as small and densely packed they were able to make this.

Yea, I was puzzled by that design choice. It seems to just be asking for problems. Do they really think size for a console is going to drive consumer choice? It's not like you're going to carry this thing around with you.

There has always been a drive towards smaller consumer electronics. Xbox "slim", smaller ps3, etc... It's definitely a progress each time a company can find a way to intergrate components and make them smaller.

My Laptop power brick gets very hot but to be fair - I cant see how they have not tested the heat development in the console

stevan said,
There has always been a drive towards smaller consumer electronics. Xbox "slim", smaller ps3, etc... It's definitely a progress each time a company can find a way to intergrate components and make them smaller.

Why is that progress? Same function but easier to break and more difficult to repair. These days you have to pretty much throw away an entire board if one component fails.

Spicoli said,

Why is that progress? Same function but easier to break and more difficult to repair. These days you have to pretty much throw away an entire board if one component fails.

This is the direction every manufacturer is moving towards. Smaller and slimmer electronics with bigger batter life. You should know that power users (those that can replace their own motherboards) are only a small fraction of the user base. The majority of consumers don't know the difference between memory and storage.

Any time a manufacturer can give me a lighter device with the same battery life is a win for me. Sounds like if it were up to you our computers would still be the size of a refrigerator.

I said this in another article, but will say it here:

I'm not trolling, but I'd also like to know how many have been returned because of all the problems the console has had.

Wait, you mean they are sold out everywhere and the figures are only 1 million?

why the heck didn't they have like 10 million units available to sell lol

Surprising that you can't find any ps4 cameras anywhere. I don't see why it's that popular with so few applications. I wonder how many Vitas they will sell as well, since it works so well with the system. The Vita TV will definitely do well here if it's released. Great launch Sony!

Some of what? The XB1 doesn't even have any camera games. Either way I feel bad for the people who bought the camera. Must be a lot of casual gamers getting the PS4 though if that's the case, hard core gamers would know the camera's not worth it.

They're definitely not getting it for voice control though since you can just do that through a mic on the controller.

Edited by Geezy, Nov 18 2013, 4:24am :

Not sure what it was like in NA but here you had to have been pre-ordered by August to get them within 24hrs of launch. The same goes for the XBone. The demand is certainly outstripping supply.

Spicoli said,
I guess that puts to rest the "phones and tablets taking over gaming" rhetoric. This is just the first half of the new consoles.

Developing for consoles is still a pain though and games like Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Jetpack Joyride make so much more money than the biggest console games and they cost a fraction of the costs to make.

Developers don't want to ask for permission and special SDK's to publish games for the devices they own, they just want to write the games/apps and publish them.

Microsoft is promising to fix this by making every Xbox One an SDK but until that becomes a reality, most developers will focus on tablets and phones.

Spicoli said,
I guess that puts to rest the "phones and tablets taking over gaming" rhetoric. This is just the first half of the new consoles.

Smartphone vs Game Console sales would beg to differ.

stevan said,

Smartphone vs Game Console sales would beg to differ.

While this is true I didn't buy a smartphone just to play games on it. It's really two different markets.

stevan said,

Smartphone vs Game Console sales would beg to differ.

Which title do you refer to? I don't see any poke and swipe games even in the same league as games like GTA5.

Spicoli said,

Which title do you refer to? I don't see any poke and swipe games even in the same league as games like GTA5.

Smartphone games don't sell for $60. But the popularity of some mobile games cannot be ignored.

The hardware in current generation consoles will be outdated within a year, so while console gaming may not be dead, it will certainly be on a decline.

stevan said,

Smartphone games don't sell for $60. But the popularity of some mobile games cannot be ignored.

The hardware in current generation consoles will be outdated within a year, so while console gaming may not be dead, it will certainly be on a decline.

That doesn't seem to be supported by any real world statistics.

incendy said,

Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Jetpack Joyride make so much more money than the biggest console games and they cost a fraction of the costs to make.

seroiusly? GTAV on only 2 consoles == $1BN...
angrybirds+candycrush+joyride on pc + tablet + phone < && != $1BN...

Spicoli said,

That doesn't seem to be supported by any real world statistics.

Really? Looking at the hardware in both PS4 and Xbone, they both look outdated ready. And they're supposed to last for years....

Too bad half of those PS4 are defective, and Foxconn is not to blame. They have too many control points for a disgrunted employee to sabotage, this is a design and engineering FAIL for SONY.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
How is it a engineering and design failure?

Even when I don't own a PS4 I can see how some xbox fans try to make a RROD out of the PS4, and seriously, this is nowhere the case. The cases expresed show that either the console doesn't turn off or dies within 1 day or two. With XBOX360 everybody seems to forget the latent fear of seeing the RROD in the least expected moment... like me, when the console decided to die just at the very end of a cooperative story mode in Resident Evil 5, just at the very end of the game, previous the last battle.

NocturnalAlloy said,
Too bad half of those PS4 are defective, and Foxconn is not to blame. They have too many control points for a disgrunted employee to sabotage, this is a design and engineering FAIL for SONY.

The PS4 does not have only a 50% yield, quit your BS. Consoles break, and the same news is going to come when the Xbone comes out.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
How is it a engineering and design failure?

Because they don't work out of the box... And NocturnalAlloy is right. With all the quality assurance measures and checks in place in ANY manufactured product, it simply isn't possible on the scale they are claiming... I wouldn't be surprised if Sony was behind these 'posts'...

NocturnalAlloy said,
Too bad half of those PS4 are defective, and Foxconn is not to blame. They have too many control points for a disgrunted employee to sabotage, this is a design and engineering FAIL for SONY.

10/10 would be trolled again.

Just because there are isolated problems with a product, doesn't mean it is a design or engineering failure. It could be a manufacturing issue, which it probably might be. Apples' first launch products even experienced issues, but that doesn't mean they failed at designing or engineering the product.

Merson316 said,

10/10 would be trolled again.
lol

There are definitely some very vocal upset people because last generation, everyone was touched by the RRoD issue so naturally everyone's panicked about the repeat of such a failure. It's barely been two days since it was launched and the dust hasn't settled yet so I doubt we'll see a clear picture right now.

There are certainly some very vocal upset people, who wouldn't be if it happened to them? But there are obviously a lot of fanboys and trolls, threads talking about any console are disproportionately blowing up. I wouldn't take that as evidence of anything but passionate fans on both sides. Personally I haven't heard of any failures among the ps4 owners I know and don't see any queues of angry ps4 owners at customer support in the local stores.

NocturnalAlloy said,
Too bad half of those PS4 are defective, and Foxconn is not to blame. They have too many control points for a disgrunted employee to sabotage, this is a design and engineering FAIL for SONY.

Not necessarily: it could be a faulty batch of some component like as it happens in auto industry when a recall is issued for certain models produced in a specific time period. Of course it could as well be a design flow. Time will tell.

Prosidius said,

The PS4 does not have only a 50% yield, quit your BS.

No, but 33% of orders through Amazon isn't much better.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
How is it a engineering and design failure?

Because design and engineering are essentially responsible for PS4 overheating (Yes the Xbox 360 did have that issue as well and thus why the Xbox One is larger and better engineered to dissipate heat).

Same applies to the HDMI issue, their PS4 design was flawed and engineering did not have stringent enough quality specifications, so poor components were chosen for the task resulting in lots of issues and unhappy PS4 buyers.

People need to remember it is a first launch product. All products will have some issues when they are launch. Over time the ps4's kinks will be worked out and it will mature like the way the ps3 has now.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
People need to remember it is a first launch product. All products will have some issues when they are launch. Over time the ps4's kinks will be worked out and it will mature like the way the ps3 has now.

Even by those low standards, the quality issues are grossly unacceptable...

Different version of the consoles, multiple models of each console are released, and not just the slightly different form factors (Big and Slim) there are many in between.

progpass23 said,

yeah just like red ring of death for xbox

Yeah but the red ring of death wasn't a launch title like it is for the PS4.

Richio said,
Why so late in Japan?

in japan sony always wins. si ts not big deal if they delay the release.

with 1 million sold 3 million seems to be an easy target for ps3

Crimson Rain said,

They know Japanese will buy PS4 anyways. So they are screwing over them.

After getting the consoles, games, and whatnot first for the longest time, I'm sure they can wait. They're still getting some other perks at least too.

progpass23 said,

in japan sony always wins. si ts not big deal if they delay the release.

with 1 million sold 3 million seems to be an easy target for ps3

Win what?