Microsoft’s Xbox One console bolted out of the gate with 1 million sales in the first 24 hours, and now Microsoft has revealed that the console reached the 2-million-mark on Tuesday, 18 days after its release. Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, a familiar face to those following the development of the console, summarize the announcement in Microsoft’s press release:
We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date.
Rival Sony announced last Tuesday that the PlayStation 4, available in North America a week sooner than the Xbox One, had sold 2.1 million units up to that point. While the news is good for both companies, the most surprising revelation is how close the two consoles are in total sales. With a $100 price premium, controversial DRM, and disastrously mixed messaging, many expected the Xbox One to be significantly outsold by the PS4. While long-term sales, especially in Asian markets, may see that expectation take shape, it appears that Microsoft’s gaming and media device is holding its own thus far.
Both consoles are in short supply as the holiday season nears, although Microsoft and Sony claim they are working hard to get more units to shelves so that last-minute gift-givers have something to aim for.
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