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Blimey, One Million PS4s Were Sold in Just 24 Hours

Posted by Kell Andersen

Mission accomplished

A recent tweet from Sony Worldwide Studios president – and official brand mascot – Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 has sold over one million units in its first day on sale in North America. The next-gen – or should we say, current-gen – system now ranks as the fastest selling PlayStation console, beating out the PlayStation 2 which took three days to reach the milestone.

This impressive number represents the PS4's that have been sold-through, which, translated from fancy business jargon, basically means the systems that were sold to customers directly. Sony has been struggling of late, with a particularly sluggish performance in the second financial quarter, so these encouraging figures are sure to see the company breathe a collective sigh of relief. However, if it's to meet its ambitious goal of five million units sold by March 2014, the console will have to maintain consistent sales throughout the rest of the year.

We don't think that there's any reason to be concerned, though. While we're certainly not mathematicians here at Push Square – we write about video games for goodness' sake – we've done some complex calculations and determined that if the PS4 continues to sell one million units a day, it'll reach this goal by Tuesday night. Seem plausible? We thought so, too. Is your shiny black box one of those inaugural one million? Do these outstanding figures get your blood pumping? Leave us one million comments below.


User Comments (58)



k_andersen said:

The thing that gets me, is that this is JUST North America. I might be being overly optimistic, but I think they'll meet that 5 million goal earlier than next March. Especially with Christmas just around the corner.



get2sammyb said:

@k_andersen I also think that the five million target was cautious. It all depends on how many they can manufacture, though. I wouldn't be overly surprised if it hits three million before the end of the year.

Of course, Microsoft's going to stomp this figure next week, as it's doing a global launch. Sony will have the last say with Europe, though. Interesting times ahead.



JermaineEvent said:

After 1 million PS4s sold I'm curious to see if there has been any significant sales spikes for the Vita in North America.



Punished_Boss_84 said:

Fun facts time:

Playstation 4 - 24hr - over 1 million console sold
PS2 took 3 days to ship 1 million units,
Wii U - 1 week(168hr) - 400 000 console sold
Wii - 8 days(192hr) - 600 000 console sold
Playstation 3 - 2 months - 1 million console sold
Xbox 360 - 2 weeks - 326,000 console sold



get2sammyb said:

@Legendaryboss Yup, it's absolutely insane. When you factor in Black Friday and the European launch, if they've manufactured enough units, this thing is going to explode.



k_andersen said:

@Legendaryboss Here's another fun (read: depressing) fact. The Wii U has sold around 4 Million worldwide. My inner Nintendo fan is crying in desperation, but he's being drowned out by the deafening victory cheers of my inner Sony fan.



rjejr said:

@Legendaryboss - Thanks for putting it in perspective.

Looks like demand will outpace supply for awhile. It took 2 years before Wii were always on the shelves, but PS4 is looking eBay worthy at least thru the holidays.

Has Sony announced how many were hooked up to the internet and how many are still in their boxes? Im guessing some on eBay and a few Christmas presents, but mostly these are already in use by gamers.



get2sammyb said:

@rjejr Nah, sadly there's no data on that yet. Still, this figure does put all of those reports regarding defective units into perspective.



rjejr said:

@k_andersen - Tell your inner Nintendo fan its a marathon, not a sprint

PS4 will crush Wii U this time around but the first year will be mega lopsided as hardcore gamers buy day 1, soccer moms take a while to catch on. 3 or 4 years from now things will look better. Thats when Wii U will be cheap enough all the PS4 owners and X1 owners will buy 1 for SSB and MK and Zelda.



artemisthemp said:

Looking forward to seen numbers from EU on November 29.

They may be able to manage their 5 millions sold by March (specially considering Infamous Second Son releases in that month)



rjejr said:

@get2sammyb - Maybe Legendary boss knows how many PS3 were listed on eBay day 1 compared to PS4 listings?

Any reports of rioting and shooting like when the PS3 launched? I dont think I was here that long ago, still visiting IGN back then, but it was covered in the mainstream news.



get2sammyb said:

@rjejr Nah, it sounds like it's been a very safe launch, thank goodness. No reports of anything like that - not that I've seen, anyway.



Faustek said:

I'm so happy it is going well for Sony but so jealous that my cousins across the pond have it...I so don't want to wait 12 more days,..probably 13 since I'm down for a double shift that day

Edit: mobile...I really need go install English keyboard



ZeD said:

The guys across the pond always moan about their PS Plus Content but they get their damn PS4 before us!
I feel for you on that day - Myself, it is my day off anyway so it couldnt have fallen better (and that pay day is the day before)



Epic said:

Amazing even though I think it will be dificult for them to really reach the 5 Million consoles in March.
Why you may ask?
The damn software drought T_T
What's on schedule now? The only major game coming out is Infamous Second Son in March 21, after that there's nothing unless Watch Dogs comes out before then but for now it may not reach the goal.
What may kill this second thought of mine may be the Europe release, Japan may start slowly after all most of Japanese don't like FPS, so that leave us with 2 games on the frontline in Japan, Knack and Yakuza and Knack has been prooven being already a bit bland.



ZeD said:

@Epic I was talking to my friend about this not long ago. You could easily get through all the launch games before the next game.
Don't forget the new Thief game coming in Feb too.



Shining-Void said:

Wow, congrats Sony. If the ps4 had more games I actually wanted and I wasn't broke, i'd buy one. I'll consider one once FFXV and KH3 come around.



Faustek said:

@ZeD awesome, day off, pay day I wish you all the fun! Yeah I'm actually just seeing the ps4 as an future investment in fun. At launch only Knack(yeah you read that right) and the indies interest me.

BTW anyone know if the vita got a bump?



Langkasuka said:

@get2sammyb Don't forget the rest of the world, lolz.
Middle East and East Asian countries will officially launch PS4 in December. That's still within Sony's fiscal year. Then Japan will bring them home come February.

Interesting times ahead...



Farmboy74 said:

A truly outstanding number of sales posted by Sony. My inner Nintendo fan is also sobbing over an opportunity missed. Only 12 more days till the delivery of my shiny new PS4. But realistically will be 13 now I'm also working on the 29th when originally I wasn't.
If Europe sells a similar number 5 million units by the end of March I would say looks realistic.



Visiblemode said:

@Epic we'll also have to see what gets announced at the VGA's. I think surprises are still very possible because avoiding the dreaded drought has been one of their stated strategies. Like, why waste time convincing preorder holders? They won't even be able to supply enough units to people who want them already till the new year as it is. That said, give us some surprises Sony! (Though, the launch lineup is keeping me busy for the time being)



Jaz007 said:

Dang, that's some impressive sale figures. PS4 is dominating! Hopefully It will keep dominating as that will increase support for it.



divinelite said:

Well, after reading through blue light (pulse) of death, I guess I'm somehow relief not part of the day one buyers. I mean yeah millions of people will get a working ps4, but if I unfortunately get a non working one.. It's won't be a good day for me

Anyway, very happy for the milestone. Guess 5 millions will be achieved in at least 20december after official Asia launch finish (Malaysia at 20th for the confirmed date)



ZeD said:

At least we are having a grown up conversation about this. Over at IGN there is a wat going on! I don't think there is one comment about the fact that 1 million units have been sold.



adf86 said:

@ZeD That's what I love most about Push Square, I've only recently discovered the site but the community of like minded gamers who are prepared to debate like human beings is refreshing compared to IGN. By the way, does anyone know if Diablo 3 is coming early next year & it seems it's next gen exclusive to PS4 isn't it? And Lastly does anyone think Sony should be pushing Planetside 2 a lot more, it seems such an awesome game.



ZeD said:

@adf86 I hope they push Planetside 2 before March 2014. It looks like a gem of a game. "Halo for PS4"



ShogunRok said:

Great stuff, good to see that people are indeed still excited to play consoles.



Farmboy74 said:

@Shogunrok, I think the majority of gamers are still interested and are excited to game on consoles, but as usual it's a combination of hardware that excites and gets people imagination going and also the very important aspect of games people want to play.
Sony have had a good year PR wise for the PS4, what they will not want to do is fall into some kind of software drought.

@ZeD, the last place I would post anything is the IGN forums, to me to many closed minded individuals looking to start a flame war of the slightest thing.



Hokage17 said:

That's a really good sign. Despite all the hate that's been going around as of late, PlayStation has a lot of fans. That number in 1 day combined with the pre-orders puts Sony in a very good position. I'm interested to see how Xbox one does, being a $100 more and all. I actually like the UI and some of the features of Kinect as well as the rumble buttons on their controller. Guess we'll see how it all goes down in a week.



DoublezZ01 said:

sweet the more sales for more online Palsand almost half of that cash can you thrown into more servers and Bettering the online service



MorriganIsHot said:

Gamespot/gamefaqs a lot of angry nintendorks and xbots are pissed off about this news and also trolling the PS4 board. Anyway this is good to hear.



Savino said:

Iwata really needs to step down from nintendo... This is a console launch.... Wii U is now officially a joke!

And as you can see from my avatar, I like nintendo very much and I bought Wii U at launch!



benrawr said:

@get2sammyb ah, but think about the sour taste they've spat into all gamers mouths. Personally I'm more hyped for Knack than I am about any of the Xbone titles. If MS sells like the Wii U I will be in tears of laughter, though praying that they pick up the pace of course. We can't be doing with a single console this generation now can we?



Uberchu said:

@Legendaryboss Why so low for the 360/Wii?

Can;'t really comment for the 360, but the Wii was basically always out of stock when it first came out, so they only made 600k units? lmao...

I'm gonna assume the data the data is US only or else 3 of those are stupidly low.



D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

So it's getting so heated up over this success that the Nintendo Life community are finally going to be invading this site sad I know but you know whats weird about this whole ordeal. Both camps which sadly I don't take apart in are at each other throats over the PS4 being this widely successful and was the wrong about whole "Sony going to fail at launch analysis" and as usual why I love this site because people are mature again about this success and not taking it out of proportion. I applaud to the respects of the people and this site.



rastamadeus said:

Didn't we know it would do that from the preorders though? Not that surprising. Sad that almost every PS4 article I've read since launch says the machines don't work, mind. Hopefully that will be remedied soon. I expect Xbox One to do just as well, if not better in America. For all the problems and stupidity, Americans buy Xboxes.
What will be interesting is how the machine is coping in six months. I still think after the initial launch hype (after all the core gamers have bought both PS4 and Xbox One) that they're going to struggle until next year. Not as badly as the Vita and Wii U have but it will struggle as casual gamers just won't adopt in this day and age of tablets and phone and the 3DS juggernaut.



D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

@Crimson_Ridley Bro do you go to other pages now step of my back I seen plenty of them on here trying they best to troll. Are you a Nintendo Life member if no why waste your comment to me.



rastamadeus said:

@D3athBr1ng3r187 Oh I will. In about eighteen months time when I get a PS4, haha. And play nice to the NintendoLife people, there are just as many Sony trolls as there are Nintendo ones. Why bother is all I ask? A games a game, who cares what machine it's on - or who makes it - if it's a good game. Life's too short.



JaxonH said:

That's great and all, but it's kind of to be expected with any console launch. I would be amazed if a brand new console DIDN'T shift a couple million its first month. Am I right?

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