The Playstation 4 is off to an incredible start as it has already hit the one million sales mark in the first 24 hours of going on sale in North America. President of Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, made the announcement today on Twitter, his use of multiple exclamation points and a smiley emoticon betraying his excitement.
Demand for the Playstation 4 is expected to exceed availability for the next several months. Many customers ordered the $400 video game console months in advance and many lined up at stores for hours before its Friday launch. Some new Playstation 4 owners were promptly robbed after leaving the store.
In Bakersfield, California, two men aged 19 and 20 were arrested after robbing a customer shortly after he left a store in Valley Plaza Mall on Friday at midnight. The suspected robbers were arrested after a short chase with police and the stolen PS4 was recovered. In another incident in Bakersfield, armed thieves wearing ski masks attempted to relieve a Best Buy customer of his newly purchased PS4, but they were fought off. In Kansas, one young man returned home with his new PS4 then a number of unknown assailants burst into his home to steal it.
The PS4 will be released in Latin America and Europe on November 29 and will not come out in Japan until February 22, 2014.
While the Playstation 4 has hit the one million sales mark, a small number of users will find their newly purchased Playstation 4 to be defective – about 0.4 percent, according to Sony’s estimates. This small percentage of users amounts to about 4,000 users and they have been very vocal about their problem. Online discussions reveal that after these users set the gaming system up and turned the power on, they were shocked to find that nothing came up on the screen. A similar problem affected the launch of the XBox 360. The good news for these users is that an easy fix for the problem has been discovered.
The Playstation 4 video game console was released exactly one week before Microsoft’s North America release of its own next generation gaming system, the Xbox One, which will cost $499. The reception to the PS4 has been mixed, with players pointing to a lack of quality launch titles and the defective units. Microsoft is spoiling for a battle next weekend and the two companies will go head-to-head for market supremacy.
The Xbox One is likely to have a similar critical response as the PS4, as its launch line-up seems a bit thin as well. With some exceptions, the most popular and most critically acclaimed games do not hit the shelves for months or even years after the console hits the market. Fanboys will be engaged in bitter wars of words no matter what and time will be the judge of which video game system reigns supreme.
With the Xbox One hitting stores on Friday November 22, it will be important for Microsoft that it matches the Playstation 4 and hits the one million sales mark in its first day as well.
By K. Elsner