Sony: PS4 the biggest launch in Canadian gaming history

Executive deems recent launch of next-gen console as "huge success by any standard of measurement."

The PlayStation 4 launch on Friday, November 15 was the biggest release in Canadian gaming history, Sony Computer Entertainment Canada VP and GM Steve Turvey has said.

"The launch was a huge success by any standard of measurement," Turvey told GamesIndustry International. "It was by far the largest launch in gaming history in Canada, and we were really thrilled by the execution, but mostly the response by PlayStation fans and consumers."

Specific Canadian PS4 unit sales figures have not been released, though Sony said on Sunday that more than 1 million consoles were sold across North America in its first 24 hours. The Xbox One launches in Canada this Friday, November 22.

Turvey has been at Sony for the launches of major products like the PSP, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. Prior to joining Sony, Turvey worked at Sega during the launch of the Sega Saturn before moving over to Nintendo for the launch of the Nintendo 64.

For more on the PS4, check out GameSpot's review roundup, featuring games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, among others.

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soulless4now
soulless4now

lol I read that as Turkey instead of Turvey. I'm so excited for next week. 

daemonproject
daemonproject

I cancelled my PS4 preorder! Can always pick one up later when games are out for it!

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

Isn't that picture of the OXO tower in London?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Canada is a small country only 34 million. So it would be difficult to say how many of the 1 million PS4 were sold there. Compared to the U.S.A which has 318 million people.  The united states is Xbox one country so we see how many are sold on Friday. 

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

Sony should concentrate in big populous nation like China and India

China 1,4 bill people

1/7 of those people getting ps4 that means 200 millions PS4  sold :o !!

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Hopefully Canada will represent at Sochi in 2014. We have that hockey gold in the bag. :P

galactic88
galactic88

And they said console gaming was dead pffffft

xhawk27
xhawk27

No way, eh! Xbox One is like the Great White North! Not like the PS4 that is made by hoisers, eh! 


ajaychitown
ajaychitown

I hope Xbox One has a great launch. I'm a PS fan but these successful launches are great for the industry as a whole and will only make things better for gamers.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

How does this compare with PS3 and Xbox 360 launch numbers?

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

It's pretty easy to sell well when there's actually stock available, rather than having 5-20 consoles per store and diverting the rest to the US. There's a lot less poverty in Canada, so it's about time they realized that having systems on hand to sell is smart...

DVONvX
DVONvX

its a good time for the industry. I'm getting an x1 but can't wait to get a ps4 sometime next year. Both consoles are great. I do think that this will be a short console generation. Simply because 4k is going to be as common as 1080p in 5 years. And MS really needs to get rid of DDR3+eSRAM and go with some unified RAM. 

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

PS4 is breaking records already and it hasn't even launched worldwide.

immortality20
immortality20

Good for them, I know my local EB had a midnight launch while Future Shop didn't. I know it's sold out in most stores but Target and Sears have a couple still last time I was in. So it's great that the assholes who buy them just to flip for $200-300 look like fools. Hope they never sell them, taking away stock from the real gamers.

I'm going to picking up the Xbox One on Friday, interesting to hear how they do with their launch.

Brando008
Brando008

This makes me happy as a Playstation fan and Canadian gamer :)

BradBurns
BradBurns

Sony's Greatest Launch In (Canadian) History!

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

How big is the Canadian market? Obviously wasn't the biggest launch in the US.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Has anyone even cared enough to try and claim that title before? Sounds a bit tryhard to me.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

@Monsterkillah  

The majority of people living in China and India are dirt poor.  Why do you think most things are made in China and most customer service is routed to India.

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@bubba_1988 Finland is going to take away your gold this time!

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

Not easy being a comedian is it ;P

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@DVONvX PS4 will last longer but Xbone will also last quite a bit, even though many PC gamers like myself doubt the flips and tflops of these consoles. People at Sony and MS know what to do, especially Sony has a respecful history in gaming and they have pioneered many technical issues in the industry. Both of these consoles are made to be technically as good as possible. Many people will disagree but what do you know and who are you people to judge? It's easy to say things like "Mah pc has over 4 tflops of compute and PS4 has only 1,84 OMG!" but people at Sony and MS do know this and it isn't that simple to compare even though both systems are based on x86 architecture. HSA and hUMA are quite amazing features used fully in PS4 and partly in Xbone aswell and the capability for the GPU to use CPU cores for graphical compute is also a nice feature. Both of these consoles are very smart, the APU tech is very smart and effective and even though it doesnt have the flips and flops it is powerful and provides lots of resources for the devs. We will see some amazing games in the future on both of these systems and PS4 already offers insane visuals in KZ: SF and the updated graphics of Driveclub are also pretty amazing(check the new short gameplay vids). Also some gameplay footage of The Order 1886 looks incredible(even though it's just in the form of screenshots)  These guys at Sony and MS(maybe?) know a lot of things about tech and try to provide us as good experiences as possible.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@AyatollaofRnR 

Yeah comparing it to another similar-sized, high income nation, the Canadian gaming market should be about as big as the Spanish gaming market. They have roughly about the same size population(40 Million give or take).

Spain is an oddity in Europe since it's bigger than the Italian game market even though Italy is a much larger country. The rest of the Euros are too big to compare to Canada directly. 

The Biggest game markets in Europe are U.K., France, Germany, and Spain in that order. Of those only the last one has a population comparable to that of Canada.

While Canada does not compare to the U.S., it is much more important than other small 1st world countries like Denmark or Sweden.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@AyatollaofRnR 

The Canadian market is about a tenth of the American. In other words: if they sold a million consoles around 100,000 was sold in Canada.

As for the American: let's say 300 millions people divide roughly by 4 gives us around 75 million households. A million console would roughly represent 1 household in 75, so 1 in 75 household have a PS4. I'd say it's quite significant. Not only is it significant but the number would've been greater if stores didn't ran out of stock, in US as in Canada.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@DarkSaber2k I gotta admit your comment made me lol.

Kind of like the best Argentine Welsh-language musicians, ever!

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@plm3d_basic @Monsterkillah 

Standard of living has increased dramatically over the years in China. They don't live in huts anymore and most people have things we consider normal here. While America is going down the drain faster than you can flush your toilet, China is becoming the greatest economic power.

In terms of military might: sure, US is the most powerful. Since the elite is obsessed with controlling the world and meddling in everyone's affairs, most of the state's resources goes in maintaining their military power. But no empires last forever and the cost of supporting that thirst of power is hard to maintain when less and less money goes in your coffers. Protecting the rich while throwing the majority in poverty slows the economy and their is so much money you can print out of nothing before the economy collapses.

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@BradBurns "rest of the Euros are too big to compare to Canada directly". So you are saying that Finland, Denmark and Sweden are a bigger marketing area than Canada? :D

blitzinD
blitzinD

@SurlyPotato @elegantspock 


I'm Canadian and I hate this attitude. Typical smug Canadian BS.

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@tom_zombyy Canada beats america in hockey and that's all that matters! Finland salutes you Canada! ;)

decebal
decebal

Also Deus Ex Human Revolution


decebal
decebal

Lol. Video games would exist regardless of Americas involvement. Keep in mind that until 2000, there were 3 console manufacturers, all Japanese. And bioware .... Put it this way... There are more Canadians working in US, than the other way around.

decebal
decebal

Eidos Montreal is in the credits. Just finished the game 20 mins ago.

Also, prince of Persia, Rahman, splinter cell, rainbow six and fifa

BradBurns
BradBurns

@bubba_1988 @BradBurns You serious? You have a source. I honestly can't find anything about that online. 

Everything I find about Crystal Dynamics says they're based in Redwood City, California. Even their job listings.

The multiplayer mode was made in Montreal, though...but then again what game today isn't at least partially made by Francophone Canadians?

Personally I hate games made in Quebec. Everything feels like Assassin's Creed. It's weird but yeah..

kutulu1
kutulu1

@tom_zombyy @AngelsongCA If it wasn't for Canada, you would not have Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Baldurs Gate, the new Tomb Raider, WatchDogs, to name a few. The  list goes on.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Dr_takapotku @BradBurns 

lol well, no. By "Euros" I meant the big Western European nations like UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. My bad, shoulda clarified that. 

Maybe Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway together equal one Canada/Spain sized game market but counting each northern nation separately they are far too small to compare.

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

Absolutely nothing is 100% made in the good ole lazy USA and I'm an American! Try to find a pair of shoes 100% made here! Closest I could find is 75% this country is a joke;) love it but hate it too!