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Microsoft Corp. has announced that it had managed to sell through (i.e. end-users) over two million Xbox One video game consoles in the first eighteen days of its availability. The company also indicated that the device has been sold out in many retail chains. So far, sales of the Xbox One more or less match those of its arch-rival, Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4.

“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,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing of Xbox unit at Microsoft.

Since its launch back on November 21, Xbox One has been sold through to gamers in two million quantity, a record for the Xbox franchise. On November 21, Xbox One became available in 13 markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. Over a million Xbox One systems were sold through in the first 24 hours of availability, which includes pre-orders.

Sony Computer Entertainment sold through 2.1 million PlayStation 4 game consoles by December 1st, of which 1.4 million units were shipped to customers in the U.S. and Canada (in the first 15 days of availability), whereas 700 thousands were bought in Europe, Australasia and Latin America (in the first two days of availability). The PS4 is now available in 32 countries globally.

Microsoft claims that it sold over a million of Xbox One game consoles to gamers across all thirteen markers in the first day of availability. While the number clearly impresses, it should be noted that Sony managed to sell over a million of PlayStation 4 consoles just a week ago in the U.S. and Canada alone.  Keeping in mind the fact that the X1 was sold on very strong markets in addition to the U.S. and Canada, one million units shipped to customers can hardly be considered as a breakthrough.

Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture (with 32MB ESRAM/EDRAM buffer) as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console features 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One comes with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console sports a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.

Microsoft Xbox One is available for $499 in North America, €499 in mainland Europe and /£429 in the U.K.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox One, Durango, AMD, Radeon, Jaguar, Fusion

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AMD is the real winner!

CFO of AMD says that there will be 40 million consoles sold in 2014, and AMD will earn profits from ALL except PS3.

China announced 6 months ago they would finally open their market to game consoles.

MSFT is investing $200 million to create content for the Chinese market.

When China opens up the spigot, Console sales will double to 80 million total a year.

AMD will earn about $20 per unit sold.

80 million times $20= $1.6 billion = $2 share EPS

AMD will be a $50 stock in 2015!!!
1 0 [Posted by: Ken Luskin  | Date: 12/11/13 08:13:16 PM]
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That's right Ken. Wall Street isn't picking up on this one because the analysts just read trends in charts rather than considering what's going to happen based on this kind of knowledge.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 12/13/13 04:06:21 AM]
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AMD is the real winner!

CFO of AMD says that there will be 40 million consoles sold in 2014, and AMD will earn profits from ALL except PS3.

China announced 6 months ago they would finally open their market to game consoles.

MSFT is investing $200 million to create content for the Chinese market.

When China opens up the spigot, Console sales will double to 80 million total a year.

AMD will earn about $20 per unit sold.

80 million times $20= $1.6 billion = $2 share EPS

AMD will be a $50 stock in 2015!!!
0 0 [Posted by: Ken Luskin  | Date: 12/11/13 08:13:28 PM]
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I played with both systems I'm not a biased gamer seeing as I owned both ps and xbox consoles but I have to hand it to sony on this one they really did a great job with the ps4. The menus are easy to navigate through where as the xbox one you have to fish around to find something. not to mention finding friends and determining what emails you have read and which ones you replied to is a chore within itself. take for example the friends list they clusterd all the friends that you currently have with people who want to be your friend into one giant menu that and it won't tell you which people you have added to your friends list in the notification area so you may end up repeating accepting friend request more then once. And when you get a message and send the message it doesn't show a sends list so you will continue to see the message in your inbox as if it wasn't read even if you send it out because there is no sent list. I don't know why they didn't stick with the xbox 360 interface which works perfectly.


I noticed when you charge the xbox one controller via usb onto the xbox one it turns itself on even when it's off why does it have to turn the console on just to charge a controller! Not to mention if you want to upgrade the HDD on your xbox one you have to take the console apart which is really dumb to say the least. With the ps4 you don't have to take the console apart to do that.

it's just a pain in the ass and I hope ms will fix these problems with future updates, because it really makes the whole thing un user friendly and annoying.

I have none of those issues with the ps4's interface is straight forward and to the point. I can see who I added to my friends list and the ones I haven't yet. I can see the messages that I replied to in my inbox and I don't have to worry about the ps4 turning on when I charge up my controller when its off.

these are the reasons why I ended up keeping the ps4 and returned the xbox one. ms really needs to get their act together with the xbox one. I may try it again once they get all the bugs fixed on it, but until then the ps4 is my console of choice.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 12/12/13 12:41:48 PM]
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More spin? or Real retail sales figures to end users?
With all the updates being issued it will be January at least until it becomes a real toy and even then it is debatable as the slower internet connections in many markets will cause some if not lots off frustrated users. Another 1/2 baked idea similar to Win 8 Win RT etc.?
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 12/13/13 06:03:42 AM]
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