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Sony sells one million PS4 units on day one

Games consoles sell like hot cakes in North America
Mon Nov 18 2013, 10:16
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JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony has revealed that it sold one million Playstation 4 (PS4) consoles on launch day in North America.

The console went on sale in North America on Friday and was an immediate smash hit. "PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal," said Sony Computer Entertainment group CEO and 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."

When it went on sale on Friday early reports, including a tweet from Sony, revealed that some units were having issues.

A common one seems to be a flickering light, and the issues were noteworthy enough to elicit comment from Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment.

"Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues," he said. "The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents."

The firm said that one million units have sold through, which suggests that number refers to consumer sales. Even if it is sales to stores though, it is still a rather large number.

By comparison the Nintendo Wii U has sold shy of four million consoles. It was aiming at nine million sales by the end of this year, but that looks increasingly unlikely.

Earlier this year Nintendo announced 460,000 shipped units for the six-month period ended September 2013. µ

 

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