PlayStation 4 world’s biggest console launch of ever

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Most of you in South Africa will be getting your shiny new PlayStation 4’s early tomorrow, ready to take on the world for the long weekend ahead. Or perhaps you went and bought it early. Either way, you’ve contributed to making the PlayStation 4 the console with the biggest launch in the history of videogames.

That’s what analyst firm DFC intelligence says, anyway. By selling 2.1 million units since launch the PS4 has now celebrated the “world’s biggest console launch.”

Interestingly, Microsoft has just announced that it’s sold through – as in units to customers – 2 million consoles as well, so this generation of consoles as a whole is off to a rocking start. They say that the Xbox One, strangely,is more limited in appeal, suited to “a core demographic.” That’s exactly the opposite of what Microsoft wanted.

DFC, however, doesn’t believe that either of the new systems will join the prestigious ranks of the best selling home consoles; the PlayStation 2, The PlayStation and the Wii. They do, however, think the PS4 will outsell the PS3.

“The initial success of the PlayStation 4 bodes well for its future. The PlayStation 2 and Wii went on to be the best selling console systems ever. DFC Intelligence does not believe that the PlayStation 4 will surpass those systems but reiterates its forecast that the PS4 will be the number one system of this generation,” the firm says.

In the same report, DFC expect the Wii U, optimistically, to only match half the lifetime sales of the Wii. You getting a PS4 tomorrow? Excited?

There are mumblings that this could be the last batch of traditional consoles from platform holders like Microsoft and Sony – but if sales continue to go this way, I very much doubt that.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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  • oVg

    Great great grandad would be proud.

    • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

      Shiny gold psx….*DROOOOL*

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I can make my Xbox 360 look like that too! called Gold Vinyl! The joys of working in signage industry..

        • oVg

          That will brick your console from over heating. They use NASA tech for these Hadron collider’s now.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I would keep the vents still open… not gonna wrap it like a present lol but spraying it gold would prob have a better finish in the end…

          • oVg

            Lol you must be single. The sole reason behind making these toys black is so they can discreetly hide amongst the living room furniture without the wife knowing.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Dude I am married..

          • oVg

            Is she blind :P

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            Oh snap

          • TiMsTeR1033

            This coming from you… you cut me deep. * bleeds out onto the floor, maid gets mop ready*

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            Check my profile pic man (as made by you). Cutting is what I do. Hell, I cut off my own legs.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am a graphic designer, I like bright colours, hell changed my xbox 360 skin 4 times this year. custom made hehehe.

          • oVg

            Bling it like a gangster.

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            My pc box has been the same now for three years. :(

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Eish need make you some vinyl stickers and send them to ya for xmas lol

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            Only if they’re fallout stickers.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You want fallout stickers.. No prob man!

          • oVg

            What happend to those cool face plate options. You know? when the console was meant for the bedroom.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I dunno… you asking what happened to buying faceplates in stores? can just print anything and put it on my faceplate.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            8 for me

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Why not make a weekend job and take apart pc and spray it a new colour! I miss those days actually. damn makes me wanna go back to pc gaming!

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Nah, much rather clear the backlog

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Imagine bright orange case with black would be sweet! unless you hate orange…

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            My box is now a part of my desk, so you don’t see it anyway.

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            Does it hold the desk up?

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            XDXDXD

          • ALKi1234

            Can you add me on disqus? Next year i’m starting my new business and i’m looking for someone to design my Logo. So we must keep in touch.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Yeah man I would proud to make you a Logo! what kinda business you gonna do if I may ask?

          • ALKi1234

            Got my ster-kinekor account this week. Wanna start small by selling consoles only.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Sell me a Ps3 then for cheap cheap as payment! I will make you anything you need then lol

          • oVg

            Sorted :P

    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      Oh man. So many memories…

      • oVg

        pop it in and play

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That’s what she said!

    • Skyblue

      Bah, slimline kak. I still have my original grey box ;p

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    COME ON PRICE DROP FOR OLD TECH!!!

    COME ON!!!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL (refresh for image)

      • That Tall Twit Norm

        ^THIS!!!

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        I need to get one, so my wife and daughter have something to do while I am on leave and get to clearing the old backlog

        • Hammersteyn

          Do that controller thing you showed me ;P

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            No, I want my daughter to learn properly

          • Hammersteyn

            Then get her a PC?

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Good point

            *REVOKES SILLY WANTING-TO-GET-CONSOLE COMMENT*

        • HvR

          Be honest you want to come over to the gaming whore side.

    • ALKi1234

      Kalahari.com has a 500g ps3 going for R2699, trust me iv’e looked and you will not find a deal like that anywhere.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        any games with it?

        • ALKi1234

          No…but damn that’s the best price you’ll get
          this holiday.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Dude at Bt games said a month after ps4 comes out gonna be a grand price drop off ps3… apparently thats what his manager told him. A way to get old stock sold.

          • ALKi1234

            That happens like every end of February. Got my 320g ps3+infamous 2 for R1999. But you have to be on the net like 24/7 when that time comes.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            That was a sweet deal!

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Will see, I wanna get new tv first

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Thankfully Hd tvs are alot cheaper these days! I still need to get Hd tv myself.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Indeed, but I have a very nice wooden TV cabinet, so 40” max unfortunately
            Cuz NO WAY I’m getting rid of that epic cabinet

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            I bought a very nice 32″ for next to nothing. I use my TV maybe once a month (when I have friends over and we play fight night on PS), so I can’t really justify having anything bigger.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Is that what she said?

          • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

            Hehe. When you know what you’re doing you don’t have to justify anything bigger.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            That’s something only small ppl say :P

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            A to Z people?

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Zigactly, you are ferpectly right

          • TiMsTeR1033

            40 is a good size man..

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Yes, my wife thinks so too

          • TiMsTeR1033

            but as john said you really only need a 32 or slightly more say 34. but if you have bigger than that now then you will prob want the 40″ as downscaling tvs never works.. You feel like something is missing.

          • HvR

            I built myself a brand new stand when I got my hd tv and is busy converting my old yellow and stink-hout TV cabinet in a drinks cabinet.

      • oVg

        Is that with a game?
        These 7 year old consoles should be R1999 by now.
        Considering I was playing Bioshock in 2007 on my R1999 xbox.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          I think its just inflation hey..

          • HvR

            Also the rand value almost halved against the dollar since 2007.

  • Admiral Chief of pixels

    Do you sometimes feel confused?

    Becoz we are travelling like this!

    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aVObAeK_460sa.gif

    I need to go lie down now…

    • oVg

      the last time our solar system was in this position around the center of the galaxy, the dinosaurs were roaming around.

      240 million years from now, the humanoids will be playing the Playstation XXXXXXXXXXXXXX on their nano cell in their eyeball.

      Or we just kill ourselves off 200 years from now from overpopulation.

    • HvR

      Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

      • Devourer of Small Bunnies

        Now theres something Id wait in line twice to ride.

        • ToshZA

          You have to wait in line? Shame. ;)

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Boom!

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            HA. Ass. :P

    • ToshZA

      I love that someone actually did this. While not 100% accurate in terms of position etc, it gives you a great idea of how we actually move through the galaxy. It would be cool to see the Milky way’s movement as well.

  • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

    Getting a 2DS….screw NExt gen I’m a rebel who’s gonna play pokemans forever!

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      Rebel… a.k.a Hipster

      • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

        Just because I wear big glasses and listen to Indie rock doesn’t make me a Hipster……………………………

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          True… Unless you have a Mac and iPhone

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            …..uhmmm……………

  • TiMsTeR1033

    So anyone here getting a Ps4 tomorrow?

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Yes.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I take that as you are getting one.. now if say the Xbone was coming out tomorrow as well. Which one would you get then?

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          Both.

          • HvR

            Yo Yo Yo!! High rolla!!!!!

          • ToshZA

            I can’t even afford a 3DS at this point, and he’d drop R13k for 2 consoles? Damn, you could get a damn good pc for that price. And play better games. Hmmm.

          • HvR

            Lazygamer staff is rolling in the interwebz money probably got all three version of the DS, R15k gaming PC and a R20k gaming laptop and a WiiU.

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            Methinks so too

    • Rikus

      Yes

    • Rikus

      Well, yes…

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    Stupid question. When they refer to launch, is it aggregated total over the world or is it period based? If Xbone takes a year to roll out, does it still mean the consoles sold will tally in the “launch” total?

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Launch period is generally period based.

      • Devourer of Small Bunnies

        And in this case? What period is the frame? (Just curious :))

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        Once a month?

        • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

          3 – 7 days every month

          • loftie

            i smell a red herring

  • 64bit

    Cannot find one article online that shows both systems sales figure to date.
    Also cannot find a basic break down of launch countries in regards to sales figures.
    why is that?

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Yes, tomorrow I will touch my PS4 with a noodley appendage!

    • All in all we fall

      where to buy a PS4? need some advice. I also need to justify the price to the lady in order to play the cards right! ;)

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