From official Sony PR:
TOKYO, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the highly anticipated launch of the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system resulted in 1 million units sold through during the first 24 hours after it became available on November 15, 2013 in the United States and Canada.
"PS4™ was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. "Sales remain very strong inNorth America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America onNovember 29. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support."
PS4 has sold through over 1 million units within 24 hours of the launch in North America!!! :D— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 17, 2013
Apparently this makes it the best console start in PlayStation history.
People were saying how units would sell out no matter what and that the amount sold would be dependent on how many units they were capable of producing prior to launch, but this is still a pretty good number.
Solely according to a NeoGAF poster who has apparently compiled all other console sell through launch numbers (from NPD) within a single month:
I don't think we have day one numbers for most of them, and not for US + Canada anyway.
I have launch months for everything since the PS2 (but not the PS2), to closest 5K.
GBA (Jun '01) - 880K
Xbox (Nov '01) - 720K
GCN (Nov '01) - 660K
NDS (Nov '04) - 480K
PSP (Mar '05) - 620K
360 (Nov '05) - 325K
PS3 (Nov '06) - 195K
Wii (Nov '06) - 475K
3DS (Mar '11) - 400K
PSV (Feb '12) - 225K
Wii U (Nov'12) - 425K
If this is accurate, it's kind of a bit crazy that the PS4 has surpassed the others within the span of 24 hours. Then again, the NPD numbers themselves might be off seeing as how the Wii apparently actually sold 600k in its first week, but this post might explain the discrepancy.
Consoles are dead.