Sony PlayStation 4 logs sales of over 1 mn in first day

Nov 20 2013, 10:37 IST
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A man purchases a Sony PlayStation 4, which went on sales on Friday, at a store in Chicago. (AP) A man purchases a Sony PlayStation 4, which went on sales on Friday, at a store in Chicago. (AP)
SummaryPlayStation 4 video game consoles went on sale Friday in the US and Canada.

Sony Corp sold 1 million units of its new PlayStation 4 gaming console in the first 24 hours that it was available in the United States and Canada.

The PlayStation 4 console, which Sony is counting on to kick-start a revival of its consumer electronics business, went on sale on November 15.

Andrew House, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the unit of Sony that oversees PlayStation, said in a statement that "sales remain very strong in North America."

"We expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29," House said.

Sony Corp had previously announced it had received more than 1 million advance orders for the PlayStation 4 console. Still, the initial sales figures are Sony's first salvo in a battle brewing with Microsoft Corp's Xbox One console, which goes on sale Nov 22. Sony is also hoping its console can help build a platform for recovery at the Japanese company's money-losing consumer electronics operations.

Sony is aiming to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) units by the end of its fiscal year that ends on March 31. Robert W. Baird & Co analyst Colin Sebastian has said he expects 2.5 million to 3 million PS4 shipments in the fourth quarter in North America.

Both the PlayStation 4, priced at $399 in the United States, and the Xbox One, with a price tag of $499, offer improved graphics for realistic effects, processors that allow faster game play and a slew of exclusive video games.

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