Sony’s PlayStation 4 was officially released in North America this past Thursday at midnight and immediately it sold out as scores of fans waited patiently to get their hands on the first new Sony console in nearly a decade.
Given the fact that Sony had previously reported pre-orders north of one million units sold and PS4s nowhere to be found at retail, it came as no surprise when Sony issued a formal press release stating PlayStation 4 sales had broken one million consoles sold through its first 24 hours of availability. Frankly I am surprised their sales number wasn’t a bit higher.
“PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. in a statement accompanying the press release. “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.”
Despite PlayStation Network woes and some unfortunate early adopters discovering that their new PS4 console didn’t work, PS4 is expected to be a hot item straight into the new year and be near impossible to find at retail until at least after Christmas.