Sony Sells 1 Million PS4 Consoles in 24 Hours18 Nov, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
New gaming system easily outdoes launch of PS3 in 2006
Sony Corp. Nov. 18 said it sold 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the 24 hours after its Nov. 15 launch.
By comparison, the PS3 launch on Nov. 17, 2006, saw domestic sales of 197,000, according to The NPD Group. The PS3 was first gaming system to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage system. It has sold more than 80 million units globally.
PlayStation Vita sold 300,000 units during its launch in 2011.
The debut of the PS4, which some observers say could be Sony’s lifeline back to profitability, hasn’t gone without glitches. The company is monitoring reports that some devices suddenly shut down after the power-indicator light begins blinking. Other issues involve loss of sound to the television.
“No other consoles in the U.S. sold 1 million sets during the first day, so I think having some issue is not unusual,” Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda told Bloomberg. “In the long term, the major problem will be whether [Sony] can continue to provide interesting game software.”
Indeed, Sony’s first-move approach to capture a lion’s share of the $93 billion gaming market is considered paramount to the company’s financial turnaround.
Rival Microsoft launches the new Xbox One on Nov. 22 — $100 more than the $399 retail price of the PS4.