12:45 PM – According to an official post on Xbox.com, Microsoft has sold a record-breaking 1 million units in less than 24 hours. The company shattered the previous record held by Xbox 360. The console was released in 13 markets around the world.
Microsoft has matched Sony in it’s launch numbers. Sony sold 1 million PS4 units during its launch. It’s worth noting that Sony released the PS4 only in United States and Canada. On the other hand, Microsoft released the Xbox in 13 countries around the world.
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”
Microsoft offered some more insight about specifics of the launch, more specifically the first 24 hours of game play. The company states that over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3,” over 3.6 million miles have been driven in “Forza Motorsport 5,” over 7.1 million combos have been performed in “Killer Instinct,” over 8.5 million enemies have been defeated in “Ryse: Son of Rome” and over 43.3 million Fit points have been earned in Xbox Fitness. This news is quite astounding.
While both companies saw impressive launches, neither were flawless. Both companies faced small number of problems such as users reporting that their consoles won’t turn on, physical damage, damaged internals, and so on. Of course Microsoft and Sony both are directly working with users who are affected by these issues and get them replacement consoles as soon as possible.
The Xbox One console is priced at $499.99, while the PlayStation 4 costs $399.99.
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