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PlayStation 4 Off To Hot Start

Sony Sells 1 Million Units In North America In First 24 Hours, Claims Initial Hardware Issues Are ‘Isolated’ 11/18/2013 8:48 AM Eastern

The PlayStation 4 took North America by storm as Sony sold 1 million units during its first 24 hours on the market.

"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,” said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a statement.

But the hot start was expected, as Sony had previously announced it had received more than 1 million pre-orders of its new console.

The PlayStation 4 went on sale in the U.S. and Canada on November 15. Sony expects to sell 5 million units worldwide by the end of next March. Sony had sold more than 80 million units of the new console’s processor, the PlayStation 3.

The North American launch of the PlayStation 4 wasn’t without its hiccups, as some buyers reported hardware defects and inoperable devices. “This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” Sony said in a statement to multiple media outlets. “We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and represent a very small percentage of total units shipped to consumers to date.”

Reviews of the new console at Amazon.com ran the gamut, with one calling it “powerful, intuitive and elegant,” while another reported that the “system was dead on arrival.”

But it’s been a popular seller, nonetheless. “Due to extremely high demand, Amazon.com is currently sold out of the PlayStation 4 inventory,” the online retail giant said, asking visitors to visit the Amazon Video Games Facebook page for updates.  Best Buy is also out of its initial online stock of the console.

The new Sony console is launching with 11 “Digital Entertainment Apps,” including Amazon Instant Video, Crackle (the Sony pictures Television-owned OTT service), the Epix authenticated TV Everywhere app, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Vudu, and Redbox Instant by Verizon, among others.

The Microsoft Xbox One is set to launch on November 22, and will feature 19 entertainment apps in the early launch phase, including an authenticated app from Verizon FiOS TV, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, FXNow and Fox Now.