Since Sony launched the PlayStation 4
on Friday, the company has come back and reported that they have sold 1 million PS4 consoles over a 24 hour period. This obviously includes both pre-orders as well as sales of the consoles in the retail channel starting at midnight on the 15th. The only opportunities for most people to buy the PlayStation 4 on the day of the launch were places like GameStop, Best Buy and Costco if the stores had been allocated more PlayStations than had been pre-ordered. The numbers of these 'spare' PlayStation 4's was fairly few and as a result, many ended up PlayStation-less.
Thankfully for us, we were able to nab a PlayStation 4 online thanks to Amazon's sneaky bundle deal where at midnight on the 15th EST, they put the PlayStation 4 up for sale only bundled with the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. This was a clear smart move on the part of Amazon to push more sales of their new tablet while at the same time selling out completely of their stock of PlayStation 4s within hours. If you are looking to buy one now, there are some pre-orders available, however there are no guaranteed dates of when those consoles will be available nor when they will arrive, so some people may go this Christmas or Hanukkah without a PlayStation 4.
Getting back to the announcement itself
, this is a pretty impressive one coming from Sony's very own Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment. His job is to manage Sony's first party game titles and he was the first to make the announcement. The interesting part is that 1 million consoles on the first day is a huge deal, especially when you consider that these sales are only for North America. Europe, Australia and Brazil won't get the chance to buy theirs until November 29th, a full 2 weeks after the N.A. launch. This is also a week after Microsoft launches the Xbox One globally, however, the PlayStation 4 will cover far more regions and will have availability in more countries.
While I don't think we'll really know a console 'winner' until the end of the year, I still think it's safe to say that the gamers are the real winners. With all of this updated hardware and software, I believe that it is merely a matter of time until we start to see some really impressive full utilization of the console hardware. This will be further enabled if Sony or their developers adopt Mantle for PS4. We've been hearing murmurings that Sony is seriously considering adopting Mantle for the PS4, which would significantly improve AMD's position as well as help game developers make the most out of the PS4.
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