Sony’s PlayStation 4 Hits the ‘Million Sold’ Jackpot

Sony says it sold a million PlayStation 4 game consoles in a day

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Okay, so it’s a jackpot Sony kind of knew it was going to hit before the system launched, when it was telling everyone it’d pre-sold over a million PlayStation 4 units, so this just makes it official: Sony says the PS4 sold one million units during its first 24 hours on sale, starting from midnight Friday, November 15.

I’m not sure if that’s a record, because I’m not really up on game console launch records. When I spoke with Sony’s Jack Tretton on Wednesday morning, he was sure the system wouldn’t so much break as shatter launch sales figures, and if this wikia’s NPD launch figures are accurate — that the next biggest record-setters were the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS, each at half a million units sold during their respective launch weeks — he’d be correct, though why Sony isn’t saying as much in its press release is anyone’s guess.

The PS4 has so far only launched in North America, which has a smaller video game population than Europe, so the fireworks may just be starting. The PS4 rolls out in Europe (including the U.K.), Australia and Brazil on November 29, followed by at least 10 more countries by year’s end. Interestingly, Sony won’t launch the PS4 in Japan until February 2014, a stark reversal from prior launches: the PS3 launched in Japan and the U.S. at nearly the same time, while the original PlayStation launched in Japan nine months before seeing light of day stateside.

I reviewed the PS4 here, most of the console’s online services here, put together a brief buyer’s pros and cons list here and we have a launch-games lineup with overviews here.

Microsoft’s Xbox One is out next Friday, November 22, of course, so stay tuned for similar features as well as our review, which goes live Tuesday night, November 19, at midnight ET.

Watch here for PlayStation’s New York City midnight launch:

18 comments
miria
miria

Definitely I prefer PS4! Maybe there are going to be more games for Xbox One, but I think the memory and how more powerful PS4 is can´t be overlooked!

StylinRed
StylinRed

Sony is probably playing it cautious and didnt want to make a big deal out of that number in case msft outdoes them next week i imagine microsoft will likely include sales figures from europe as well when they tout their 1 day figures since they're launching the xbox same day in NA and EU


killstreakdemon
killstreakdemon

Sony announcing they had 1 million global pre orders TOTAL doesn't mean they knew they would hit 1 million SALES in one day in the USA. THat announcement was every pre order that had been made across the globe.

Today's announcement is just NA actual sales figures and will include only a portion of the earlier pre order total of 1 million.

BRAN_WJM
BRAN_WJM

It is almost undoubted that this years next generation consoles will be breaking records of former launches. Just think of how far the gaming market has come over the last decade, Especially since games themselves are now being dubbed 'blockbuster' titles for their own launches, such as Halo which saw $220 million in launch day sales.


Please check out my first blog which is about next generation consoles: http://blogsreviewsandnews.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/ps4-xbox-one-or-none/

BernadetteMarieFlorez
BernadetteMarieFlorez

Black Friday is on its way shop at Walmart they always have good deals for electrics like Xbox 360 or on the toys u get good deals remember frist come frist serve and have a jolly attitude don't try to each other believe me I seen it a lady pulling a lady hair for a doll a cat fight black Friday can get vicious!!!!!

therantguy
therantguy

"The PS4 has so far only launched in North America, which has a smaller video game population than Europe" - uh since when? North American has purchased more Nintendo DS, Gameboy, Playstations, Wii's, GBA's, XBOX360's  and NES and is basically break even on PS2, PS3...of the top 20 gaming systems ever sold...North America has bought 160+ million units more than Europe...

mattpeckham
mattpeckham moderator

@killstreakdemon That's a fair point, and in any event, nothing I'm saying (either way) diminishes the accomplishment on the sales side.

atiffan00007
atiffan00007

@therantguy  Europe is SONY's stronghold and i expect 1.5m - 2m day 1 in europe and europe is also the biggest gaming region in the world. On 29th November, 2013 this gaming war is coming to an end. I expect SONY to dominate and PC gaming would just disappear

mattpeckham
mattpeckham moderator

@therantguy Before the downturn, the U.S. and Canada were collectively just behind the combined revenues of the U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Netherlands. By individual country, the U.S. is tops, but I was obviously talking about collective regions, not countries.

StylinRed
StylinRed

@atiffan00007 @therantguy actually with the new systems using x86 architecture i imagine/hope we'll see more console games being ported to the PC than ever before and that just means great news for PC gaming since its better :P 

MasonPaegel
MasonPaegel

@atiffan00007 @therantguy Honestly, I'm a mainly PC Gamer and I bought the Sony Ps4. However I highly doubt that PC gaming will disappear. Honestly, PC Gaming is in its Prime right now and I don't think the future has ever looked better for it.

viliamiuchiha
viliamiuchiha

@StylinRed @atiffan00007 @therantguy And also great news for AMD if the xbox one and PS4 both sell lots, because if they get enough developers for the system then hopefully PC games will be better supported for my AMD graphics cards.