Fans of Sony’s newest console lined up in stores last night for a midnight launch in North America, eager to dive into the next generation of gaming. Many of the consoles picked up were preordered, though it was reported some outlets had extra for sale. The launch was not without its problems, as some issues surfaced with those who got the PS4 early. Some units, like those offered in a contest sponsored by Taco Bell, arrived dead on arrival, and would not output a signal to televisions even though the unit was turned on. The Playstation network also crashed, as new PS4 owners logged on to get free games and download the day one patch, which update the system to version 1.50.
A Sony representative gave the following statement:
“A handful of people reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems. This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .4% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.”
Despite the issues some faced, most new PS4 owners were quite pleased with their system. Even rival Microsoft, whose next-gen console roles out worldwide next week, on November 22, sent a congratulatory tweet to Sony on the launch, giving some hope that gamers can just realize that it’s a great time to be a gamer, regardless of your choice of console.
The rest of the world gets the PS4 launched on November 29, a week after the Xbox One hits store shelves. For those who picked up their PS4s at launch, how did you fare? Was it smooth sailing, or were there a few bumps in the road until you could dive into some of the launch titles like Killzone Shadow Fall or Knack? Let us know in the comments below, and keep a look out for our reviews on some of Sony’s next-gen titles.
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