Sony: PS4 Launch “Greatest Ever” “2.1 Million Sold”


With 2.1 million PS4s sold Sony is boldly proclaiming it “the greatest start in history” for a PlayStation launch.

Sony says the PS4’s “actual sales” have topped 2.1 million as of the 1st of December, with much of the world (not least Japan) still to even get it.

They can but hope the scepticism this has aroused amongst surly Japanese gamers is down to them being jaded over their delayed launch:

“To think they got a chance to outdo the PS2 launch, amazing.”

“With the PS3 the same numbers they trotted out were all about sneaky retail terms like ‘shipped to distributors’ – for them to give actual sales figures must mean things are going well I guess.”

“Was I missing the part where they released any decent games to go with it?”

“I guess it will eventually manage 20 million in total at least.”

“Finally the Xbox dies!”

“Who cares, they have forsaken the Japanese market so it hardly matters.”

“And Japan gets it last of all. I won’t buy it!”

“What do you expect from a company headed by a foreigner!”

“It isn’t really surprising they had this record. They got more pre-orders than the Xbox, destroyed it at all the shows before it was even released, the launch was theirs to screw up.”

“With this example to follow I expect most Japanese companies will start leaving Japan until last, great.”

“The Xbox One apparently outsold it on Black Friday – I think they still have a chance in North America.”

“That was just Walmart and Target data. It is useful data but not the whole story.”

“They could be at 3 million with a simultaneous Japanese launch.”

“As if… there aren’t any games Japanese would buy for it yet.”

“Delaying the Japanese launch until last was definitely a successful strategy. There is no point in a Japanese launch until all the Japanese titles are ready, as nobody here buys anything else.”

“Japan is already sewn up. If they win the rest of the planet this generation is back to being a 1-console generation again.”

“With Japanese infatuated with card games on smartphones the PS4 and Xbox Ones are pearls cast before swine here.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 05/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The only reason xbox won ps4 in sale on black friday was because we had alot more xbox than ps4. I work for walmart, we got 29 xbox and only 6 ps4. All the walmart near me had a similar number. Every ps4 sold in minute and all before anyone ask for xbox. Took 4 hour till we sold all xbox.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This gif seems relevant

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol, made my day :D

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:06 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taking 4 hours to sell 29 of a launched console at a Walmart on Black Friday is terrible.

    They should all moved in the first 2 hours which shows the Xbox One is actually a marketing failure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, Sony need to move fast and provide more PS4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    But, but... Tablets and smart phones are killing dedicated gaming systems. Many "experts" said so a few years ago... And the year after that... And the year after that... And the...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:56 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a very slow death, you see.
    Also, obviously mobile devices have an impact on the mobile market. Look how alive Vita/3DS are compared to previous generation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    3DS happens to be going along at a clip similar to the DS, even surpassing the DS in 2012, so that doesn't support the argument very much.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    12:22 05/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    “With Japanese infatuated with card games on smartphones the PS4 and Xbox Ones are pearls cast before swine here.”

    An interesting viewpoint for sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    probably a new venture. mobile gaming seems to have more audience than console or pc gaming(not sure about the pc gaming part since it's a semi mobile gaming device these days) you can play a psp emu on an android provided that it's powerful enough and that attracts people itself so without too much shoving the words "buy our DLC or die with a crummy game you've bought" appeals more to people who doesn't have the time to immerse themselves and spend more in games than in life.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Mobile gaming will be the way of the future. If we can carry 8 gb of data in our pockets compared to the room sized versions of decades ago, how much more for devices? We will be able to carry a mobile pocket sized version of a console able to play graphics that high end pcs are capable of right now. The limits are endless. It is futile to resist change. It's going to take a decade more or two.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Right now, mobile games are mere timekillers, except those made for portable consoles. They look more impressive than top games 15 years ago, but I'd better play Zelda on NES emulator than any of modern mobile games. They suck your money (else you usually suck in game), and they're genuinely boring.

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    Comment by Katsura
    22:06 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heartstone on phone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    All of a sudden: Steambox

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    Comment by Erranty
    16:21 05/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    When and if that actually gets released it will overshadow these consoles merely because it can be upgraded and allows for better peripherals.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:08 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The PS4's biggest advancement over the PS3 is memory.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's the difference with PC then ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 05/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    If I want Console i buy console. I i want PC, i build myself one. I don't want some hybrid piece of shit called Steambox.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You aren't as tied to Windows (no Mac and Linux gamer, we're not talking about you)

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    Comment by Erranty
    00:45 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A better support system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh, it'd probably fail just as hard as microsoft...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    U mean smaller PC with less ports on board, no cd-rom and stupid controler?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you still use a cd-rom drive? at least upgrade to a dvdrw drive or even a bd drive

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    Comment by Mizuumi-san
    02:36 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you still use optical disk? dear gosh!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous

    You stil say dear gosh? Mother of all fuck!

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    Comment by Rya
    18:17 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a feeling that the same people who hype Oculus Rift also hype Steambox. In the end both will end up as niche products. Who wants to wear a fucking hat just to play a game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anybody who wishes to enjoy new dimension of gaming instead of just watching at flatscreen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 05/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Don't forget the pr0n.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    3d pigs are disgusting
    flat screen ftw

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Delicious flat screen?

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    00:51 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Uh, Sword Art Online fans maybe?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, certainly not the people who buy new hardware every 2 or 3 years just to play the same 3 games (FIFA, COD, GT) over and over again ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me, because it's awesome .

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “Was I missing the part where they released any decent games to go with it?”

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nope. This doesn't even have the advantage PS3 had as being one of the cheapest Blu-Ray players out there. I think people got very hyped because it's Christmas time and everyone turns into a mindless shopping zombie around that time.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You talking like Sony would stop releasing games after PS4 launch.. which is not.

    If PS4 goes by PS3, PS2, PS1 trend, it definitely will have many worthy titles in its lifetime. You just need to be patient.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, even the new Persona game will be PS3. There's no reason to bother thinking about a PS4 until a year from now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If I gotta be patient waiting for games to come out, then Sony can be patient waiting for PS4 sales.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:59 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, you stand to lose about 200 bucks if you buy it now. Because the price will drop. It's inevitable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "If I gotta be patient waiting for games to come out, then Sony can be patient waiting for PS4 sales."

    You got nothing to lose if you buy it right now or next year, so there's no point in stalling the purchase.

    One thing for sure games will come out for PS4, and you need PS4 to play it.

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    06:35 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Console Launch Rock

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:30 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nintendo has dropped the ball and continue to fumble around with the WiiU. And who's nuts enough to buy a spybox? It's practically all Sony's now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone on Sacom hasn't learned to read the TOS yet.

    Sony is also on the Microsoft, Apple and Google bandwagon as well they are also supplying metadata to NSA.

    If you say spybox and they could grab your video data then how come it took till 2013 to arrest a major Child Porn ring operation which was going over for years if they were technically supply NSA with all this information?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You people have it all wrong, there is no Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Google, Yahoo, bandwagon. The fucking NSA forced them to do it. They gave letters to CEO's of those company's stating that if they don't comply with backdoors that the NSA will declare them traitors to the country. In Microsoft's case the NSA inserted agents into the company and created the backdoor themselves.

    Stop blaming the companies and go after the real tyranny, THE NSA!!!!!!!!it's not the companies fault, they were forced to do it. Small busniess who didn't want to comply had to sell their business because they didn't want to comply but bigger companies can't afford to do that.

    Tell your congressman to get rid of the NSA, and TSA. They are true domestic enemies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sony isn't recording our faces and what we do in our living room, names on a list is one thing, everyone sells a list of names, that's common practice, but the kinect uses facial recognition, which is why the xbox one is so tasty to the government, they even admitted it by revoking thier statement that the kinect will have to be on 24/7

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because the spying purpose is not for that, more about "safety" and military aspect?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hell no. It's came out recently that they even spy on what sort of porn you watch to discredit activists in government. HOW THE FUCK DOES THIS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH SAFETY!!? It's all about power man. That excuse about safety is a load of bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tits of service?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, the two ogres shitting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony is also recording every thing you do on you console ;].

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly, there are people who have bought an XBone, one million and counting...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:52 06/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    World is full of dumbasses. See, not everyone managed to get an education.

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