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PS4 is the "leading system of this generation" - DFC

By James Brightman

PS4 is the "leading system of this generation" - DFC

Wed 11 Dec 2013 1:59am GMT / 8:59pm EST / 5:59pm PST

DFC Intelligence notes that Sony's 2.1m sold is the best first two weeks of any console launch in history

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The PlayStation 4 has been off to a fantastic start, selling over 2.1 million consoles across the globe. While Sony has noted that it's the best start for a PlayStation system in the history of Sony Computer Entertainment, what some people may not be aware of is that it's also the best start for any game console in history, DFC Intelligence noted today.

The research firm said that the 2.1 million units sold in the system's first two weeks on sale (first in North America and then in Europe) places it above Nintendo's Wii, which sold 1.6 million units in its first two weeks (in Japan and North America) and Sony's own PS2, which sold 1.4 million units in Japan back in March 2000.

Microsoft's Xbox One sold over 1 million units in its first two weeks, but the red-hot start for the PS4 only reinforces DFC's forecast that Sony's new console will be "the leading system of this generation." DFC agreed with SCE boss Andrew House that PS4 could outsell the PS3, but it's doubtful PS4 will approach the mighty sales of the PS2.

"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 said.

DFC also commented that Xbox One may be slightly more supply constrained: "The Xbox One has been difficult to find although from all indications DFC believes Microsoft did not ship as many units as the PlayStation 4."

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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London

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July - "Xbox One could outship PS4 3-to-1 this year"

December - "from all indications DFC believes Microsoft did not ship as many units as the PlayStation 4".

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Kevin Patterson musician

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Isn't this the same group that said PS3 would overtake the Xbox 360 in 2009?

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Pete Thompson Editor

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More headline grabbing nonsense.. I'll buy some tarot cards later and have a give prophesying a go.. ;)

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Tanya Rei Myoko Programmer

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In fairness kevin, ps3 did eventually overtake 360

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Oliver Jones Software Developer

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Regarding supply constraints. In Australia: "Xbox One in stock now". PS4, I can't find one in stock and for sale anywhere.

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Tim Ogul Illustrator

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God, this is all stupid talk. I'm not downplaying the PS4, it's likely the one I'll get, but units sold is meaningless at this point. Units sold = units produced, nothing more. That the PS4 sold more units than previous systems just means they were able to make more by the launch date. I think that the only real measure is to judge by units sold within the first six months, once they've produced enough that there are plenty left on the selves for casual pick-ups. Until then it's only a test of your manufacturing wing, not your design or marketing wings. ;)

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

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There were lots of production problems at the beginning of the PS3s life. Blu-ray availability if I remember correctly.

Wiki says:
Reports of violence surrounded the release of PS3. A customer was shot,[29] campers were robbed at gunpoint,[30] customers were shot in a drive-by shooting with BB guns,[31] and 60 campers fought over 10 systems.[32]
The console was originally planned for a global release through November, but at the start of September the release in Europe and the rest of the world was delayed until March.[33] With it being a somewhat last-minute delay, some companies had taken deposits for pre-orders, at which Sony informed customers that they were eligible for full refunds or could continue the pre-order.[34]

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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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DFC "Intelligence", really? If they would look at the all of the consoles that were released before the PS4 they were all hampered by production constraints (non-off the shelf components) which limited day one sales numbers. It's kind of too early to declare PS4 since there are still a lot of factors that could change the tide. We have yet to see if this system could sustain the momentum or suffer the same predicaments as its predecessor's lack of games post launch.

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Nick Parker Consultant

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Well done DFC, now tell us something new.

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