PS4 Sales and Other News
To almost no one’s surprise, the PS4 is here, and its launch so far has been huge. In its first day alone, just in North America (since it hasn’t yet released in other territories) it sold 1 million consoles. That lives up to the staggering pre-sales that Sony reported earlier, especially with the goodwill coming off E3. To put that into perspective, the PS3 sold 197,000 units its first week in the US, the Xbox 360 sold 326,000 its first two weeks, and the Wii sold 1 million in its first few days – but that included other territories (the US alone it sold 600,000). Prior to this, the Wii was the fastest-selling console at launch in history. And now, the PS4 seems to have quite easily bested that number. Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the number of sales via Twitter, including the fact that all of those include sell-through, meaning they were sold direct to the consumer.
In the meanwhile, with the report of hardware issues with some PS4s, IGN and Kotaku have since come up with a fix for the problem that was plaguing their own consoles. In their cases, the HDMI was unable to connect to the television – and it was determined that a metal part was not in line with the bottom of the plug. They recommend pushing down on the metal part for a fix, as it has successfully helped in getting their consoles to start. No word yet on any further, or long-term, hardware issues for the new system.
There have also been further reports about connectivity issues with the Playstation Network. Very soon after the midnight launch, Sony reported “very high volume” and asked users via Twitter to “please sit tight.” At a later point, users attempting to log on were given a “currently undergoing maintenance” message. Given the enormous release for the console, and the very large mandatory firmware upgrade to use the console, such outages are not entirely a surprise. Sony currently has a forum going in which users can track updates for the network. Hopefully, once the excitement dies down from the launch, Sony will be able to keep up with the volume, and such issues can be put behind us.
So far, minor issues aside, it’s proven a rather successful launch for Sony, particularly in terms of sales. Microsoft – the ball is in your court.