Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that its launch of the PlayStation 4 system resulted in more than one million units sold in North America during the first 24 hours after it became available.
The gaming console was made available this past Friday November 15th 2013 in the United States and Canada only, most other markets don't receive it until November 29th. Much of that 1 million sold is expected to be pre-orders as many retailers were said to be sold out of the unit.
To put that in comparison with the previous generation, the Xbox 360 sold 326,000 units and the PS3 sold 197,000 units in the first TWO WEEKS of their respective releases within the United States.
In other words, in one day the PS4 sold double the combined first fortnight sales of the 360 & PS3. In comparison to a more recent console launch, the Wii U sold 400,000 units in its first week.
The good news comes with the bad though as reports have emerged regarding some bricked PS4 units plagued by what is already nicknamed 'The Blue Pulse of Death'. You'll know you have it if the console is turned on and the light stays pulsing blue (rather than turns to white), and there's no signal on the TV.
Some of the issues are said to be due to the unit's HDMI socket, still others have been issues with the way the units have been handled during shipping. Reviews at Amazon.com in particular have become effectively useless as gaming fanboys have turned the thread into a flame war, giving the unit either 1-star or 5-star reviews.
This leads to the obvious question, how big of a problem is it? A Sony official tells IGN 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." 0.4% may sound high, but compare that with the first PS3 & Xbox 360 units which the companies claimed had a 3-5% failure rate. 360's infamous 'Red Ring of Death' actually ended up affecting around one-third of that console's early units.
Reviews for the console have been strong, highly praising the unit itself and the controller but lamenting the lack of great games at launch. Metacritic scores for exclusive launch titles have been on the soft side such as 75/100 for "Killzone: Shadow Fall" and just 60/100 for "Knack" . The best performer was "Resogun" with 82/100.
Of course the real 'killer app' games don't hit until early next year with "Watch Dogs" and the "Thief" reboot for both systems, "Titanfall" for the XB1 and "Infamous: Second Son" for the PS4. The latter title has just released a new trailer showing off one of the game's new powers which turns the protagonist into a neon-version of The Flash.
Source: Sony Pictures