If sales figures are the yardstick in measuring a successful product, Sony might just have a winner on their hands. The much anticipated follow up to the Palystation 3, which went on sale in the US on Friday (15th Nov), sold more than 1 million units in its first 24 hours on the market, as stated by Sony on Sunday (17th). What Sony did not mention is if any pre-orders were included in that figure.
Andrew House (Sony CEO) stated: “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.” Avid fans waited in line in front of the Standard High Line Hotel in New York to be among the first to get their hands on the new PS4. The first people waited up to 20 hours for the midnight launch.
Although sales of the much anticipated console has been rocketing since its launch, the product has not been received without any issues. Frustrated buyers have inundated the Sony support forums with complaints of malfunctioning units that show a flashing blue light instead of video. Some units crash on a continuous basis and others won’t even boot up at all! Sony has stated that “some” customers have had issues but they regard it as “isolated incidents” that were within the company’s expectations for a new product launch.
Sony stated that: “The number of affected systems represents less than .4% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.” I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the issues are more widespread once the PS4 starts shipping globally.
The next-generation Playstation 4 has received positive reviews from all corners of the gaming market. The linchpin to its success thus won’t be the console itself, but the upcoming exclusive game titles. As with its upcoming rival the XBOX One, the PS4 is not backwards compatible with older games.