It’s November, and that means that the next generation of video game consoles is finally here.
The PlayStation 4 was released last Thursday at midnight and gamers all over the world were ready and waiting to get there hands on the new technology. People waited as long as 24 hours in line just to be one of the firsts to take the major step forward.
Nick Nguyen was one of many in line at the GameStop location on Lake to get his hands on the new system.
“I’m not first but I’ve been here for about 12 hours waiting for my PS4,” Nguyen said. “It’s easier to be out here for so long because its something I love. I just can’t wait to get home and play it.”
The PS4 is just about half the width of the original PS3 and also considerably lighter while being much more powerful. According to theverge.com, the PS4 has a custom processor with 8 AMD Jaguar CPU cores, a next generation Radeon GPU, 8 gigs of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and a 6-speed Blu-ray drive.
The new Duel Shock 4 is the remote control that comes with the system. It looks similar to the Duel Shock 3 remote but with upgrades to the grips, analog sticks and triggers. Along with those upgrades comes a new touch pad right at the center of the remote and a headphone jack that allows any pair of headphones to pour PS4 audio through there instead.
Shuhei Yoshida, Sony President of World Wide Studios, said on Twitter that Sony sold 1 million units of the Ps4, in North America alone within 24 hours last Friday. But how does the Ps4 match up to other console launches? Simply put, Sony is on track to one of the most successful game console launches of all time.
If you compare it to previous console launches from the last generation, most consoles didn’t even come close to one million in its first week. The high priced PS3 sold almost 200,000 units in its first week in the U.S. and the Xbox 360 sold a little over 300,000 in its first two weeks.
Microsoft has even spoken out to congratulate Sony on the recent launch of the Playstation 4, with various Xbox executives and team members praising their rivals on Twitter.
“Congrats to the PS4 team on the launch of the PlayStation 4,” Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said, mentioning Sony executives Jack Tretton, Shuhei Yoshida, and Adam Boyes by name.
The Xbox One launches this Friday, November 22.