Gamers Snap Up 1 Million PlayStation 4 Consoles in 24 Hours

November 18, 2013  |  

Wow! Gamers really like the new PlayStation 4 video game console. So much so Sony sold more than one million of them during just the first 24 hours on the market.  The consoles were flying off store shelves Friday in the U.S. and Canada.

According to Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., in a release pushed out on Sunday, sales remain strong in North America. The gaming system goes on sale in Europe and Latin America on November 29.

“Sony has said it expects to sell 5 million units by the end of its fiscal year in March,” reports Business Insider.

Gamers have been waiting a long time for the new Sony product. The PlayStation 4 is the company’s first new video game console in seven years. Despite the hype, the product is facing some solid competition from Microsoft Corp.’s new Xbox One, which goes on sale this week. In addition, video game systems are competing with tablets, smartphones and other gadgets for the attention of gamers as well.

The Verge has a review of the console, noting all of the improvements that have been made. But, the New York Times’ Bits blog notes that many people are giving the console bad reviews on Amazon, saying the gadget just stopped working after being used for a while.

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