The shiny new PlayStation 4 has officially sold through more than one million units in 24 hours – and remember, the console has only landed in North America. In comparison, seven years ago, it took Sony three months to ship the same number of PS3 units to the region.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony, broke the news via Twitter:
PS4 has sold through over 1 million units within 24 hours of the launch in North America!!! 😀
This officially makes the PS4 the fastest-selling PlayStation in history, narrowly beating the PlayStation 2, which shifted 980,000 units on its first day of release in Japan.
Another telling comparison: In the past six months, Nintendo has sold 460,000 Wii U consoles – less than half one day’s PS4 numbers.
Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. explains:
PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal. 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. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support.
The PlayStation 4 has officially sold out at a number of major retailers across the U.S. and Canada, but is still available if you look hard enough. Sony‘s new console launches in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on November 29th, and in the Middle East on December 11th.