Because there is a significant population of console gamers that don't play highly demanding PC games. Add the fact that the game is already critically acclaimed and has a massive user base, the release would market itself.
Would you be so kind to post the NPD sources for those? This actually means PS4 is the biggest console launch in NA. (yes NPD doesn't cover Canada but Canada is 6x smaller than US so its not gonna make a huge difference for the other consoles.)
I don't have the NPD sources for these. These are in my spreadsheet.
This was back in the days when NPD reported hardware and software numbers, and the NPD threads in gaf had crazy amounts of hardware/software numbers. So, during those times, I just compiled all the hardware numbers into a spreadsheet and still have that spreadsheet.
I blame the controller and the cost it adds to the system. I think Nintendo could have made a lot more money if they sold Wii U without the Game Pad and cut the price down. They wanted the controller to be the next Wiimote, but it's not.
Amazing stuffs. The console is incredibly sexy. And also this will send a clear signal to developers to get on the Sony train if they werent before. The launch lineup may not have been great but thats gonna be fixed pretty fast.
Wow, well deserved! Looking forward to its launch on Europe and Japan. Is this the biggest launch in a single region? I never heard of a console selling 1 million on day 1 for its launch in a single region.
Ouch. I don't know that I agree with that assessment, even though I believe the WiiU is the odd console out.
If nothing else, Nintendo's strong and very familiar stable of first-party franchises that consumers can't buy anywhere else is a plus and may make the WiiU desirable as a secondary or tertiary platform once gaming consumers reload after PS4/XBO expenditures.
I don't think it's an awful platform. Just unknown and arguably not what consumers wanted.
Oh no, I'm calm. But I'll elaborate on the vanilla comment. Say you go to a restaurant and on the desert menu there's nothing that really tickles your fancy, but there's some vanilla ice cream. It's a safe bet, relatively inoffensive. That's how I feel about the PlayStation brand. If I own one, then there's things I can pick up on the console, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one just to play those games. In the past, I've been one of those people to own all the consoles because I was young, had no dependents, and a large disposable income. I'm older now -- damn the generation has been long -- and those things no longer hold true. I no longer get every new piece of tech or every gaming console just because. So if vanilla is the only thing on the menu that appeals, maybe I'll just skip desert.
For the record, I don't think the 360 did a particular good job of offering up an alternative flavour. Because last generation we saw so many exclusives go multiplatform, and because anything remotely adventurous often saw the studio shuttered, it's been one of those menus where I'm just like "Fuck it, I'm going to McDonald's."
When I was a teenager, Wipeout was one of the reasons to look at a PlayStation. Today, Sony closed the studio because it wasn't successful enough. Times change, people grow old.
Oh, and Uncharted isn't vanilla, it's chocolate. I'm a strawberry man, myself.
EDIT: Just so I'm clear on why this line of thought has come up, I think that 1 million sales is great for Sony, but I don't necessarily agree that it's great for gamers. Well, at least not all gamers. Indeed, if Sony dominates this generation and forces the other competitors to throw in the towel, then for some gamers that will actually be a bad thing.
I had edited my post. There wouldn't need to be much marketing. Also an 84 on metacritic for an F2P game doesn't really indicate "mixed reactions". Anyway, both of us are speculating without much evidence. We shall see, I guess?
Didn't find any numbers for the PS2 launch, but here Jack Tretton says they"
reach the one-million mark (with the Playstation 3) faster than our top-selling platform, PS2...".
EDIT: Hoho for breakfast points out that in NA, the PS2 sold "slightly more than 0.5M" in the first day.
What was the advertising like in the States, btw? Like in terms of how salient it was. Admittedly, I don't watch the channels that Sony would advertise the PS4 on, but I haven't seen a single advertisement here in New Zealand. Not a print ad or even an ad before a YouTube video. It's almost like Sony know they're going to sell out so they don't even need to bother!
About Europe shipments. As far as I know from insiders there's gonna be about a few thousands of PS4s on the first week of sales in Russia. And yes, there a LOT more confirmed (payed out) preorders. Though there's a rumor of a second shipment somewhere around the 20s of December.
PS. Selling quotas are ridiculously small when huge retailers like Media Marckt and M-Video are getting only 500 consoles each.