Malik’s Thoughts On The PlayStation 4 Launch

"The PlayStation 4 is nearing it’s first full week of being out in North America. Needless to say, there’s been a heap of reports of dead-on-arrival systems, which may have deterred many from picking up a console anytime soon. But is the PlayStation 4 launch as bad as some folks are making it out to be? Lets talk console launches, failure rates, and about some of the negatives when it comes to the almighty PS4."

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MaximusPrime_1763d ago

million sold. less 1% failure reported.
the answer is no

(sorry i just read the title and just provided my answer)

GameNameFame1763d ago

It also sold more in first day than other console launch have sold in a month.

Literally, it sold more than Wii's entire launch sales.

xHeavYx1763d ago

And it acomplished that even if it launched only in NA and Canada

Concertoine1763d ago (Edited 1763d ago )

biggest factor there is supply. if nintendo had a million wii's at launch they would've sold a million. if sony had 2 million they might've sold 2 million.
this is probably the first console with 1 million units manufactured by launch, which is incredible

user55757081763d ago

the first shipment always sells out

also you dont hear a ton of articles about playstation 4 working very well...theres only focus on the isolated negative incidents. i highly doubt most people are having problems

Visiblemarc1763d ago

Concertoine... Not exactly true.

Nintendo is known for keeping tight supplies. It ramps up hype. In the case of the Wii U that hype never materialized.

But in general, the supplies weren't that tight, because demand was less than expected. I was able to find many units in local stores the week after launch. Won't happen with Ps4 or Xb1.

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nypifisel1763d ago

It's ridiculous that anyone would claim it a failure, it's the most successful console launch in history...

Abriael1763d ago

Lol, seriously, who approved this piece of crap?

Visiblemarc1763d ago

This is pure click-bait.

There's an old rule of journalism: If the headline is a question, more often than not the answer is no...otherwise the headline would have been a statement.

LordMaim1763d ago

Agreed. Not even going to give them the benefit of the doubt and click through.

Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

ThaTruthMVP1763d ago (Edited 1763d ago )

You know, I could have titled this article better. I'm willing to show enough humility to admit that.

But I really did want to weigh in on the question since a good amount of people have been either asking it or implying it.

My apologies for the bad message the title conveys


Thing is, I agree with you. I've gotten a few hundred or so messages just on Youtube alone entertaining this idea. I don't think there's much of a conversation to be had about the launch, since it's not technically finished. But I chose not to ignore the people who have drawn this conclusion.

LeCreuset1763d ago (Edited 1763d ago )


You "probably could have titled the article better"? That's an understatement. I suppose if you did, there really wouldn't be anything attention worthy about the article.

You wanted "to weigh in on the question since a good amount of people have been either asking it or implying it"? Don't be ambiguous. Give a numeric value to this "good amount." Come on. Give your best estimate. Now how many PS4's were sold at launch? Now explain how those numbers justify such a ridiculous question.

LeCreuset1763d ago


I'm sorry, but I find it insulting to the intelligence to believe that you did this for any other reason than to create some click bait. How many videos do you make addressing the ridiculous assertions of a negligible number of fools? I mean, what's next? Are you going to treat us to an article with the headline, "Is a dog a cat," in which you proceed to argue what was already plainly obvious to anyone with a clue to begin with: that a dog is not a cat? You knew the question was ridiculous. In fact, you knew that it isn't even a realistic question whether the launch was a failure. There was no need to answer it one way or the other, other than trying to troll for clicks.

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guitarded771763d ago

Don't be sorry. Anyone who uses flamebait titles doesn't deserve to have their crap read or watched. They are what's wrong with gaming.

Death1763d ago

That is 1% within the first week. There are 52 weeks in one year which is the warranty term on the PS4. Failure rate is measured by the amount of repairs done within warranty for any given product. If this first batch of 1 million keep running well, then that 1% is extremely impressive given typical failure rate which is between 4-7%.

To call PS4's failure rate 1% is absurd though. So far 1% have failed. The rate is determined over time. If 1 more percent of the initial batch fail next week, failure rate isn't 1%, it then become 2%.

On the flip side, we can't say the PS4 isn't going to be a great running and reliable console either since they have only had 1% fail during the warranty period so far. Time will be the main factor in dermining console reliability.

ThaTruthMVP1763d ago

Definitely. I'm interested to see how these new systems fair in the long run. Having dealt with the RROD and the YLOD issues of last gen (one far more excessive than the other). It would be awesome if everyone made it through the entire gen on their original console.

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Sunnyknight1763d ago

I feel like it's hard to judge a launch unless it was just terrible. I mean, sure if it isn't working the systems only been out for a week. You still have the option to return it (unless of course you bought it from a reseller, then your screwed.)

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