When Sony launched the PS4 in North America, it sold more than 1 million units within its first 24 hours; a world record for a gaming console’s opening month, let alone day. Now after the launch across the world comes news from President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House on the PlayStation Blog that the PS4 has sold more than 2.1 million units to date.
“It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry,” House wrote, “And we couldn’t have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence. The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead.”
While it is an exciting notion that more and more services will be coming to the PS4 shortly (including services like Gaikai game streaming), some features really should have been available at launch. Not being able to play MP3 files, access to DLNA services and other notable items missing from the Ultimate FAQ have been part of the core of a Sony console experience for many years, and it is disappointing not to have them ready for launch.
Nevertheless, Sony is doing quite well for themselves in comparison to their last launch. The PS4 costs $200 USD less, is the most powerful console on the market and doesn’t have difficult architecture (read: the cell processor). It will be interesting to see the results of next month’s NPD report to see how well each console’s software titles sold in North America, especially with the now-difficult-to-report advent of digital download sales.
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