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Xbox One sales top 2 million units says Microsoft

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Microsoft has confirmed that global Xbox One sales have topped 2 million units during the console’s opening 18 days on sale.

Having launched in 13 countries around the world on November 22, including the UK and US, the Xbox One is said to be exceeding Microsoft’s expectations despite recording lower sales figures than its lead next-gen rival, the PS4.

With the PS4 having been exclusive to the US for two weeks after its November 15 Stateside launch, just days after the console’s November 29 European arrival Sony confirmed that more than 2.1 million PS4 consoles had been sold during its first 18 days of availability.

Despite reportedly slow sales of the Xbox One, Microsoft has suggested that the Xbox 360 follow-on is set to break company records.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans.” Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Xbox said. “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.”

He added: “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.”

John Love, Director of Video Games at Amazon added: “Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong. At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1,000 units per minute on Amazon.com.”

Earlier this week, Sony representatives suggested that the PS4 was currently outselling the Xbox One by a ratio of three-to-one.

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Andrew Corris

December 11, 2013, 10:55 pm

Given this site, and many others, has been a little hard on the XBox One and apparently the PS4s is outselling the XBox, I was amused to day to note that a nearby Cex had 3 PS4 in the windows, yet not a single XBox One. Curious to know if they were just putting more PS4s in the window, I took a look at Cex's website. Scanning down the stock of both in each store, a quick tally shows that there are over twice as many shops with 4 or more PS4s as there are XBox Ones.

Seems that customers are keener to keep their new XBox? Certainly, lack of anything decent to play, or even just something spectacular after Killzone, meant that I swapped my allegiance to XBox this time.

I will get a PS4 next year when Uncharted 4 comes out, probably a month or two before Christmas. By that time I will have had several months of Titanfall, plus anything else decent PS4 gets. I loved my PS3, but it seems like a no brainer to go for the XBox for the first year.

Pg

December 12, 2013, 2:02 pm

Ha..great gibberish. A no brainer you say, but it seems more PS4s have been sold? While that might be down to supply it still refutes your 'no brainer'.
It really is too much to ask people just to enjoy their own console and not constantly have to put down the other to justify their own purchase?

I think for a lot of people the no brainer was the ps4, being cheaper (with less functionality - but choice isn't a bad thing). The recent price hike of digital xbox one games is not a good thing, at least I don't remember reading that prices were 'introductory' and would be raised, but still cheaper than (some/all?) PS4 digital downloads.

I have neither btw, just wouldn't want even one person to read your post and think the xbox one is the only option.

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