The next few hours are going to be exciting for our pals in the PAL gaming region looking forward to getting their hands on the PlayStation 4, as the platform will at last launch in Europe a full two weeks after North America. Sony's PS4 debut on our side of the pond was not without issue, as reports surfaced of users being hit with hardware issues like the "Blue Light of Death" even during the first 24 hours. The console and electronics giant conceded that around one percent of the total PS4 hardware shipped at the time basically ended up "dead on arrival."
This failure rate was within Sony's expectations for the North American launch, and the company expects this figure to be even lower still for the new batch of PS4s all lined up for Europe. According to Sony UK VP and managing director Fergal Gara, the company has used the time in between the North American and European launches to "fine tune" both hardware and software.
"We are looking into causes of those low level problems - and there are certain learnings that have already been taken which means we can potentially further reduce that low level down to as close to zero as we can possibly get it.
"It's a privilege to go first, but there's actually quite a few advantages of going second. With the two week window, had there been anything serious, I'm not sure we would have fixed all of it in two weeks anyway. So the great news is there isn't anything serious."
Gara did note that Sony has already prepared an allotment of replacement consoles for Europe to cover for any faulty hardware as quickly as possible.