Sony’s PlayStation 4 has managed to set a new bar when it comes to console launches. The new hardware was recieved well on launch, selling 1 million units on November 15th. Sony’s official comments on the release can be found below.
“PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” said SCE president Andrew House. “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.”
Putting this in perspective, there seems to have been a lot of pent-up demand for the new console. This one million sold number eclipses Nintendo’s recent launch of the Wii U, and seriously dwarfs both the one month totals for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
If Microsoft is to remain competitive against the PlayStation 3 in terms of sales, they’re going to have to sell nearly three times as many Xbox Ones on the first day, as they did in the first month of Xbox 360 sales.
Sony’s gradual rollout of the PlayStation 4 will continue throughout the year. Europe and Latin America will see the launch of the console later this month, while Japan will see the release of the PS4 in 2014.