Sony sells over 1 million PS4s on US launch day

In its first 24 hours after the official North American launch, Sony's PlayStation 4 has sold over 1 million units. Early sales may not be the best indicator of success in a console's lifespan, but it's a promising start.

In its first 24 hours after the official North American launch, Sony's PlayStation 4 has sold over 1 million units. Early sales may not be the best indicator of success in a console's lifespan, but it's a promising start.

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On Sunday US time, Sony announced that in the first day of sales for the PlayStation 4, over 1 million units had been sold. The company didn't share any info on how many of those sales were pre-orders, though. The launch, at midnight on Thursday in the US, saw long lines of fans eager to get their hands on Sony's latest console.

Where stock is available, sales are continuing. Depending on the area, a PlayStation 4 might be hard to find; ExtremeTech has reported potential buyers contacting 20 stores before finding one with the PS4 in stock, and Walmart's nationwide stock tracker is currently offline. Most previous game consoles have been limited by supply rather than demand on launch week, with manufacturers unable to maintain high levels of stock in the face of excessive customer demand.

In a statement, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said that the launch went to plan. "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."

A small number of new console owners have experienced issues with their PlayStation 4s, with the "Blue Light of Death" appearing on some brand-new and almost-new devices. A Sony representative told IGN that the number of devices affected was in the region of 0.4 per cent of all launch day devices.

The PlayStation 4 launches in Australia next week, a week after Microsoft's imminent Xbox One.

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