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Submitted by elnacho 818d ago | opinion piece

With 1 million units sold on Day 1, PS4 is probably the fastest console launch of all times

Many people have said "consoles are dead". With increasing fragmentation (steam, PC gaming, mobile games, Ouya...), and the apparently unstoppable demise of Nintendo, it was clear to some that "dedicated gaming machines" were a thing of the past.

They were apparently wrong.

The article compares the sales of several generations of consoles in the US, and how the PS4 is setting a new record. (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
Just proves that console gaming is as big as ever and is going NOWHERE. Happy gaming everyone.

1 millions PS4's SOLD in a single day in the USA alone
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The_Villager  +   818d ago
Yeah but how many of those consoles have already been returned due to hardware issues?
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
Ugh, you again.......

Compared to the ONE MILLION sold?........a TINY fraction, that's how many. But i bet you wish it was more widespread than it actually is, don't you? You expect a 0% failure rate? Sorry, there's no such thing.
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OrangePowerz  +   818d ago
A small amount of consoles have issues. People need to stop pretending it's a huge amount of consoles that would be broken.
Cuzzo63  +   818d ago
Very little you troller. U think xb1 is gonna have a flawless launch. Never!
PudgeySan  +   818d ago
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HardcoreDaBoss  +   818d ago
come on man... the failure rate as far as we know right now is 1% or less.. And In electronics that is amazing.
GribbleGrunger  +   818d ago
Chuk5  +   818d ago
I have had 6 360s.

linkenski  +   818d ago
No wonder you only have one bubble.
patsrule316  +   818d ago

I thought the expected failure rate number from Sony was 0.4%, not 0.04%.

That is one out of every 250, as opposed to one out of every 2,500.
boldscot  +   818d ago
Your name is almost perfect, it should read "The_Village_Idiot".
Dude Dutch  +   818d ago
I guess its one too many.
MasterCornholio  +   818d ago
You actually believe that over 500,000 consoles were defective?

WOW your not very smart.


LOL your just jealous that Sony sold over a million consoles in just 24 hours. I like to the the Xbox One do the same thing.
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Dgander  +   818d ago
Its not a small about of bricked consoles. Stop damage controlling this disaster. That 0.4% was a random number yoshida pull out his ass from the 4000 Taco Bell PS4s before it officially launched. Amazon and Gamestop has an almost 40% failure rate and it has nothing to do with packaging. We can SEE evidence on Amazon not just call a random number. You Sony Ponies were so busy trolling anything about the Xbone you failed to realize your favourite console was cheap wobbly trash. Its cheap faulty parts in a overheating console.
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago

Ugh, not you as well. Amazon doesn't have a 40% failure rate......40% of the people who bothered to give FEEDBACK on their purchases reported failure. If it was 40% of the entire amount of PS4 buyers from amazon.....there would be more than 205 1 star ratings on the feedback page lol.

And that ladies and gents are why misleading article titles are dangerous.

Anyone who thinks im just damage controlling, heres the article:

Check the title....then check what the article is actually talking about....BUYERS WHO GAVE FEEDBACK....not 40% of total buyers lmao. Some people SMH. Research what you are actually commenting about before spewing poison around the internet.

That's it, disagree with me, because all that shows is how angry you are at being proven wrong.
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Magicite  +   818d ago
not many
GrandTheftZamboni  +   818d ago

He who goes to bed with butt hurt, wakes up with smelly fingers.
GiggMan  +   818d ago
Lol. You want it to be a lot don't you?
phoenix_dusk  +   818d ago
Wash the salt please. LOL
LOL_WUT  +   818d ago
The PS4 is going to surpass the WiiU this holiday season no doubt about it. Someone is just worried villager... ;)
christrules0041  +   818d ago
You know when a company mass produces a product there is going to be faulty units. Any new electronical product has that problem.
frostypants  +   818d ago
Not too many. The echo chamber makes everything seem worse than it is. I don't know anyone personally with a faulty console.
frostypants  +   818d ago

You are's .4%. But that's still a more than acceptable number for any launch product in the consumer electronics industry.
awesomeabe1998  +   818d ago
You guys do know that there is a possibility that he was just asking and not making fun of the console?

Those are really good numbers, but XB1 will get around the same amount sold the first day. Launch doesnt tell you everything because everyone who pre-ordered the PS4 got it day one.

Black Friday is going to be huge for gaming consoles, especially the Wii U. I can see PS4 selling more than Wii U short term but there arent many exclusives for it. It may go through the same drought the Wii U went through.

In early 2014, one of the few games coming out for PS4 is Watch Dogs. Wii U has around 5 games announced for 2014 that are Exclusives only. With exclusion of Miyamotos new IP and SMTxFE and Zelda U.

I am a Nintendo and Playstation gamer, so dont be offended when i say: PS4 is doing great, Wii U will pick up, and both will pass the XB1 in sales. hahahaha
GoodnessGreatness  +   817d ago
A measly number of consoles. This isn't the RROD scenario like the Xbox One fool.
Gridloc  +   817d ago
Why hasn't Microsoft ever put up their RROD numbers? Yet Sony has no problem putting up numbers, butt most seem to be coming from amazon.
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kenshiro100  +   817d ago
Oh bloody noes, a very low hardware failure rate! Whatever shall we do?
You trolls are absolutely pathetic.
BallsEye  +   818d ago
too bad half of them doesn't work -.-

Oh yea, waiting for the biggest defenders on this site to say I wrote all of these posts on sony forums and on amazon.
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Dgander  +   818d ago
Thats what they do because they are deluded. All their trolling, trash talk and ignorance finally caught up to them. Its hilarious first they deny the 40% is real and in another news thread they blame Amazon (admitting its real and not realizing it). They even go as far as blaming Xbone buyers for the bricked PS4s on Amazon as if thats virtually possible. Delusion to the maximum lmao. Which is is Sony Ponies? Is is Amazon's packaging fault or is it the small percentage yosh lied about?
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Sevir  +   817d ago
As per usual, the peanut gallery is hoping for the worst!

Tell me Ballseye, Dgander, on a Scale of Bland to Mc.Donalds fries, how salty are you?

Keep grasping for straws, the XBO is less than a week away, best believe it'll have it's share of problems... Remember MS's 33% failure rate with the 360. MS isn't known for sturdy hardware.
Dgander  +   817d ago
@Sevir Who is grasping for straws? I didnt write the Amazon articles. Go see on Amazon yourself and tell me how much people got their PS4 bricked. If youre assuming im angry because the PS4 launched youre even more delusional. Its factual evidence right there on Amazon not just a random number pulled out of Yoshida's ass for good PR. And before you blame Amazon for Sony's deliberate manufacturing and financial problems keep in mind that IGN, Taco Bell and Kotaku's PS4s didnt come from Amazon and suffered the same problems. Sugar coat it any way you like but this is a real problem and to make matters worse Christmas is just around the corner. Poor little Timmy is going to put on his PS4 to play Knack only to realize his day is ruined.
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Klad  +   817d ago
76 pages of complaints!! WOW!!
kenshiro100  +   817d ago
For all we know, they could be troll accounts on the site screaming foul.

Keep grasping at those straws! Its sad how you guys are wishing hardware failure just to carry out your agendas.
BallsEye  +   816d ago

Pointing out that around 50% of clients have problems with console not turning on/overheating is grasping straws? Now that was funny...

Creating accounts on official sony forums and amazon to troll? Only sonyfanboys are that insane. You guys got no life. Oh btw...Kotaku IGN and other reviewers wtih broken consoles out of the box are trolling too?
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christrules0041  +   818d ago
Canada helped too buddy. ;P
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NateCole  +   818d ago
As i have said a million times already. Mobile gaming will never replace console gaming.

Mobile gaming will never have

1. The graphics of console gaming
2. Screen size of console gaming
3. The sound of console gaming
4. The ease and fun of console gaming at home with friends

The majority of those kids playing mobile games will eventually grow up and want something more deep than mbile gaming. Its a given. Console gaming is here to stay and i don't see it going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
tontontam0  +   818d ago
I laugh at those who says
"mobile graphics will surpass blablabla"

by that time there will be ps5 and xbox two.
torchic  +   818d ago
"Xbox Two"

ritsuka666  +   818d ago
Launch tells us very little.Call down please..
frostypants  +   818d ago
Add crappy social games to that.
EXVirtual  +   818d ago
Proof that consoles aren't going anywhere.
Mobiles will NOT take over gaming.

Some people say that mobiles will 'dwarf' the PS4 and XBO in terms of power, but Iphones cost more than the PS4 and the XBO (when they first come out). Could you imagine how expensive that crap would be? It's barely possible anyway, as you would need to develop quantum physics for the damn phone to match the PS4/XBO. You can only make chips and processors so small before they fry like a chicken.

Console gaming is bigger than ever and it's not going ANYWHERE.
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jhoward585  +   818d ago
Mobile aren't going anywhere and consoles aren't going anywhere.

In the future there won't be a such of things as a "stand a alone device" anymore.

Every devices will have to depend on other devices to grow.
GribbleGrunger  +   818d ago
Not probably, it IS the fastest selling console of all time:
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
Wow.....damn impressive. Had no idea the GBA was that high either, but looking back it makes sense, me and every other kid on my street had one of those when i was younger.
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GribbleGrunger  +   818d ago
I'm assuming you also noticed that all that other data was for a months sales while the data for the PS4 is one day? In a months time the PS4 will have not just beaten the sales record but destroyed it entirely. We could be looking at around 2.2 to 2.5 million in one month.
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NateCole  +   818d ago
Month vs 24 hours.

Yes the PS4 has sold 5 times the amount of PS3 sold in a month in 24 hrs.

Triella  +   818d ago
2.2 to 2.5 million ? With Black Friday and Christmas approaching It will probably be more around 3.2 million (1.7 million in EU and 1.5 million in the US). Mark my words !
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Concertoine  +   818d ago
well to be fair that's because there were very few ps3's manufactured at first. it was a b*tch to find one for christmas and stuff.
i would say the ps4 is the first console launch ever that at least slightly meets high consumer demand in terms of numbers shipped.
the xbox one will likely not be far from PS4 at launch, just because i think MS also wanted to have tons of consoles available at launch. if numbers weren't a problem at the launch of last gen, the wii 360 and ps3 would all be much higher.
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awesomeabe1998  +   818d ago
Sales by end of 2013:
Wii U(already sold 3.9 million): 6-8 million
PS4: 3-4 million
XB1: 3-4 million

I think PS4 and XB1 numbers will freeze for a while because of lack of games in early 2014, like what happened with Wii U. The Wii U sold like 3 million by end of 2012, and froze for the next 6 months.
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
"I'm assuming you also noticed that all that other data was for a months sales while the data for the PS4 is one day?"

OMG, no i didn't notice my mind IS blown. PS4 is one hot item right now, and rightly so, Sony did an awesome job.

4 the gamers!
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clouds5  +   817d ago
Rightly so you say. Why exactly? It's expensive, offers nothing new and has 2 mediocre games and a cool indy shmup. That's it. Not even backwards compatibility...
PLZ gimme some arguments :-) i wanna feel the hype too. I know Sony has done a great job at marketing but I really don't see the money's worth...
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plaZeHD  +   818d ago
Where's PS2?
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Sevir  +   817d ago
That's quite an impressive feat, now what more interesting is the software attach rate,

More than a million people picked up COD:Ghost, Battlefield and AC4 on launch day. And probably close to 900k picked up Killzone:Shadow Fall.

The software attach rate must be extremely high since most everyone purchased over 3 games at launch! I'm sure Fifa and Need for Speed are up there!

Impressive sales abd the most successful launch in console history. Good Job Sony!
chrissx  +   818d ago
Playstation the true gamers champion
first1NFANTRY  +   818d ago
Goes to show you if the ps3 released the same time as the 360 things would have turned out completely different. Still Sony has done a tremendous job with the ps4. Can't wait for the 29th here in Aus.
RPG_Lover  +   818d ago
doubtful its sold to consumers
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
It is.

"Over 1 million PlayStation 4s were sold within the first 24 hours of the console's North American launch, Sony has announced."

Sony....has....announced. But i guess they are lying?
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Boody-Bandit  +   818d ago
Either way it doesn't matter because SHIPPED = SOLD. Sony doesn't do consignment. Once the units leave their distributor they go into Sony's book as sold. In layman's term Sony already made their bank.

Not only is every website sold out of PS4's right now, along with every store in my area, but a couple stores I've been to are wiped out of games and barely has any accessories. Especially every Target with the 3 for 2 deal they offered all week long that ended yesterday. I was going to pick up another 3 games. You snooze you lose.

One last time because people need to get this through their head once and for all and let's put this to rest. SHIPPED = SOLD by the manufacturer or publisher of said product.

These companies don't do consignment. You have to pay Sony for the consoles to get them into your store or online site. Once they leave Sony's distributor? Sony already marks them as sold because they made their bank.

Fastest selling console of ALL time is really frustrating for some I guess. You would think if they were really gamers they would be happy regardless. This means console gaming is NOT dying off, it's growing and in higher demand than ever before.

Now let's see if Vita sales pick up over the next several months. I know I want to get one as soon as I find a decent deal on one (Black Friday & Cyber Monday can't get here soon enough). I just have to try remote play.
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Mikeyy  +   818d ago
Yes because there are just full shelves of them laying around at the stores not selling


Console sells out. Elemental argues shipped vs sold..
neoMAXMLC  +   818d ago
Please tell me how many stores you can walk into and purchase a PS4 on the spot. I'll wait.
torchic  +   818d ago
Yoshida corrected IGN on twitter when they were making the exact same claim.

he emphasises that they "sold through to customers"
n4rc  +   818d ago
Numbers are all fairly irrelevant..

7-8 years ago times were different.. We didn't preorder everything and console gens didn't last a decade
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
So MADE UP numbers are relevant when Xbox fans are talking about PS4's failure rate.

But now we are positively talking about PS4 FACTUAL numbers they are irrelevant?

Haha, never change N4G!
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BootyBandit  +   818d ago
"Haha, never change N4G!"

As soon as I type in and hit enter I'm reminded of this:
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!
Kryptix  +   818d ago
lol It's not surprising. Since I signed up on N4G, out of Sony fans and Xbox fans, the Xbox fans have so many ridiculous contradictions. Saying the Xbox One being more powerful but the comparisions say different then they say graphics don't matter. How much you bet he's going to contradict himself again once Xbox One sales numbers come out? It's ridiculous, it's like Adam Sessler and his damage control showed what being an Xbox fanboy is about...contradicting yourself to justify your purchase. If you bought the Xbox One for the exclusives, cool, but don't go around and spread bs to fit an agenda to downplay the positives...just accept the facts.
n4rc  +   817d ago
Let's stick to what I said. Not what these other people say

That's always the defense.. Act like anyone you talk to are the same 3-4 people..

They are irrelevant because its not the same situation... Console gens used to last 2-3 years.. People would skip entire generations and you didnt preorder your purchases a year in advance..

When either says preorder numbers are higher.. Its like no shit.. Who actually preordered a ps3 or 360? Or a ps1 or 2 etc

Its not a knock at sonys launch.. They did awesome.. My comment are for the people quoting previous launch totals like they are somehow any relevance.. By their twisted logic the ps4 is going to sell 700 million units!!! Lol
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Kryptix  +   817d ago
"Console gens used to last 2-3 years"

NA releases by generation
NES: 1985
SNES: 1991
PS1: 1995 / N64: 1996
PS2: 2000 / GameCube: 2001 / Xbox: 2001
Xbox 360: 2005 /PS3: 2006 / Wii: 2006

6, 4, 5, and 5 years in between.

Your comment has just become don't know what you're talking about.
Masterchief_KOK  +   818d ago
he talking about nintendo vs sega days where gamer could of not pre order those console before launch days.... those where rare to find in stores
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kenshiro100  +   817d ago
If it was for the XBox side, numbers would have been very relevant, right?
n4rc  +   817d ago
I clearly said the same goes for Xbox... Do people not read anymore?

Why are you all so damn defensive about everything?

And yeah... Adding a couple years really makes my comments invalid.. Where is genesis, tg16 etc? pathetic attempt
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kenshiro100  +   817d ago
You need to read yourself. I read your first post about madeup numbers.
Masterchief_KOK  +   818d ago
did x1 got 1 million preorder also I'm super happy for ps4 lovely kzsf right now. ps4 and x1 together is going top nintendo& sega in total first day sales combine
PudgeySan  +   818d ago
Last time I checked vg chartz they said 525 000. That was this morning... For North America.
SpinalRemains138  +   818d ago
Checking VG Chartz is where you erred.
SpinalRemains138  +   818d ago
Complete domination!

We haven't even hit black Friday, Europe's launch or Christmas. My goodness!

What's really funny, is that just a few hours ago on here, XBone trolls were actually calling the PS4 launch a disaster.

A disaster? That's the biggest misnomer in history. THE PS4 IS SHATTERING RECORDS. MOST EVER
Trago1337  +   818d ago
That's damn good. Hope it sells millions more.
Whitey2k  +   818d ago
Amazing! and the console hasnt touched EU or japan for that matter
medman  +   818d ago
Congrats to Sony...I had one preordered but canceled when Watch_Dogs and DriveClub got pushed. I decided to wait out the inevitable teething issues every console has at launch, but I'll be there to purchase on 3/21/14 when the Infamous Second Son bundle is available. I will certainly miss Killzone and Resogun, but I've got a decent backlog of Ps3 and to a lesser extent 360 gaming to work through. I'm really looking forward to Infamous, Destiny, The Division, The Witcher 3, MGSV, The Order:1886, Watch_Dogs, and now Uncharted. I'm wondering what Sony's other stellar first party devs are working on and I'm certain there will be many other amazing games that will be added to that list of killers soon enough.
GarrusVakarian  +   818d ago
I wish i had your patience buddy, but im too excited, im going to take the plunge and keep my pre order on for launch day in the UK.

Been watching PS4 gameplay like crazy on YouTube, the wait is killing me.


But im 99% guaranteed a kickass console anyway lol, i just cant wait. Ive been ready for next gen for years.
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SpinalRemains138  +   818d ago
Its so worth it.

Your wait will be rewarded with a kickass videogame machine.
kwandar  +   818d ago
A million sold, but how many are going to be returned to retailers in January (reducing sell through dramatically).

I note that there are thousands of PS4s on offer on Ebay at the moment. I also note that the pricing is relatively low for a new console ($500 range - I expected more price gouging), which means there is more supply in the market than being absorbed.

While I'm more a Wii U fan at the moment (it has games), I'm hoping PS4 does well, but I'm suspicious that downtrend we saw in Wii U as Xmas sales dried up, units were returned, and games failed to quickly materialize, will happen to PS4 too.
Chuk5  +   818d ago
let me put this in perspective, the PS4 has done more than 2x the Wiiu's first week sales in a day (which is actually really good ostensibly). And we know games are third party,first party and exclusive are coming as earlier as winter next year. The Wiiu didn't get any thing to until pikmin 3 arguably. No games, things dried up on the wiiu for a while. Don't think that'll be the case for the ps4.
bobacdigital  +   818d ago
One thing to take into consideration is all the scalpers who bought them to try and sell off if supply was low. Still a win for Sony since making money is making money. I just wonder what the tend will be like post Xmas and how many tree being used and not being sat on for Xmas and black Friday scalping.

Wonder how much more money they gunna Bank on psn now.
SpinalRemains138  +   818d ago

Really? How exactly does that affect the sales unless they fail to resell the machine?

A million ps4s were sold.
kwandar  +   817d ago
It doesn't impact Sony, but it will definitely impact retail sell-through which is the major factor.

I think the biggest seller this season, may surprisingly be the Wii U, due to lack of PS4 software and this:
bobacdigital  +   817d ago
There are TONS of people who bought them with the intention to sell them ... Yes sony makes all the money from the sales and dont care who buys them... But if a large part of that million is going to stay in boxes and not attach any software to them it could hurt them in the long run ...

My point is YES that number is impressive .. but it might not reflect actual console base... A lot of people bought them to make money off them that is a FACT... I am more interested with post holidays rush sales because a lot of the people i know are waiting till launch lineup is better.
alexmurur  +   818d ago
They would have sold more if there were more first party launch games... I thought the pre orders were 1.5 million.. so does that mean 1.5+1 million or just 1 million due to shipping issues? anyway, Ill get mine after 2 years..
RPG_Lover  +   818d ago
Doea fastest mean better?

PS4 launch library is awful, and its breaking down
Chuk5  +   818d ago
How do you figure?

Some machines have failed which is unfortunate. But how is that different from literally any other system launch? As for a library, the thing is less than 3 days old, give it a break. The exclusive titles aren't as strong as one would hope, but hey man launch games.

At least all the 3rd party games are great, which usually isn't the case, wasn't even the case with the most console launch being the wiiu. I would say that on paper, the X1 has better launch exclusives, well potentially at least. But you don't buy a system based on its launch. If that was the case no one would have ever bought the ps2 or ps3.
SpinalRemains138  +   818d ago
You got it backwards.

It is selling faster because it is better.

Correction....It is selling the fastest ever because it is the best ever.

They aren't breaking down. The fault rate is actually better than usual and most of the issues are corrected by the user. There are dead units to be sure, but nowhere near a level to upset the success of the launch.
Matt_xbl  +   818d ago
Congratulations to playstation I'm an xbox gamer but will be getting the ps4 I feel the need to comment after so many xbox fanboys comment about Hardware failures like they want the playstation to fail its pathetic. They really do make the xbox community look bad.

How is the playstation any way what's killzone like ? :)
Chuk5  +   818d ago
Dude, I feel you. I was a xbox-only gamer for 7 years. So when people talk about hardware failures like they're new magic things, i think about how delusion these fanboys have to be considering the 360s monster failure rate. I got a PS4, haven't played any games yet, but am excited in this zeitgeist after watchin from over the fence for so many years.
Matt_xbl  +   817d ago
Don't get me wrong I do love my xbox I had the RROD only 3 times :) (that's lucky) but I think ms have dropped a ball with xbox one. There are some great features on both consoles, so I am looking forward to playing both. The ps4 more so as like you I've been watching from the fence till now.

Just sick of the fan boys ...on both sides :).
the launch of the PS4 is NOT gonna be as successful as the Wii U because the Wii U was released worldwide in almost the same month. and the PS4 is not gonna be release in Japan until February and thats when Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze comes out
Chuk5  +   817d ago
Ps4 has done 600k more than the wiiu in a single day than it did a week. Let's be real here.
I mean in total
Jay70sgamer  +   817d ago
You also have to remember nintendo only had 400,000 wii u for sale in America and they sold that out quickly and congrats to Sony on a great launch but we will see how Sony and Microsoft sale after the hype goes down and after Christmas remember wii u sold 3 million wii u in 45 days .........and expect xbox to move close to 1,000,000 units also ...this is the beginning ...the real test we will see who will have the most popular system is gonna be in 2014 and 2015 when all consoles been out for awhile and the most important thing that really counts is software and exclusives
MasterCornholio  +   817d ago
If the PS4 isn't as successful as the Wii U we will have another gaming crisis. The industry can survive with two flops but three would devestate it.

P.S I'm talking about console gaming.

"I mean in total"

I give the PS4 two months to outsell the Wii U.

Nexus 7 2013
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RPG_Lover  +   817d ago
I will enjoy ps4 and wii u what of it?

Launch sales are next to irrelevant and dont prove the worth or worthlessness of a system at all
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reaperofsouls  +   817d ago
jason12245  +   817d ago
Ha!!! You do know amazon isn't the only one selling consoles right?ppl should stop write g about something that doesn't even reflect the total number of sales in a whole.that 40% is probably a whole lot smallerhan that world wide so stop being angry...nothing you Say will stop ppl from getting what they really want im def getting a ps4 when i get the money.sorry Sony haters but Microsoft can't win everything this is Sony's time to shine GO PLAYSTATION!!!
otter26  +   817d ago
ya 500,000 of them are on craigslist and ebay....dirty re-sellers 800.00 bucks? what a joke!

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