As the latest generation of console wars moves right along, Sony has hit a strong opening debut this weekend with its PlayStation 4. According to the company, it sold through 1 million units in its first twenty-four hours of release. This is significantly different than their 2006 launch, which sold just under 200,000 units in its first two weeks due to high cost and low availability as the materials involved for the Blu-ray player were in short supply at the time. Comparatively, last year Nintendo sold 425000 units of the Wii U in its first week.
These sales are only for the US and Canada as the console lands in Europe on November 29th and Japan on February 22nd, 2014.
PlayStation®4 Sales Surpass 1 Million Units In North America In 24 Hours
Gamers Immerse Themselves In a New Era of Gaming and Entertainment Only Available on the PS4™ system
TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the highly anticipated launch of the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system resulted in 1 million units sold through during the first 24 hours after it became available on November 15, 2013 in the United States and Canada.
“PS4™ was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. “Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support.”