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Microsoft Corp. has announced that life-to-date sales of Microsoft Xbox One video game console had reached 3.9 million units. While the shipments of the system are still behind Sony PlayStation 4, it is evident that they are growing even in in January.

Very early this month Microsoft announced that cumulative sales of the Xbox One game console in calendar 2013 were 3 million units. On Friday the software giant said that life-to-date shipments of the console are 3.9 million, which means that about one million units has been sold in January so far.

“This holiday, we continued to make significant progress in the consumer space, headlined by Xbox One, which launched in 13 markets and sold in 3.9 million units in just over five weeks,” said Amy Hood, chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Sony said earlier this month that cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 video game consoles had reached 4.2 million as of December 28, 2013. Two main reasons why Sony has managed to sell more new-generation consoles than Microsoft did are apparent. The PS4 system is now available in 53 countries and territories globally, whereas the XOne can only be purchased in 13 countries. Furthermore, Sony’s PlayStation 4 costs $100/€100/£80 less than the Xbox One while offering similar or better quality of video game. While the XOne comes bundled with the new Kinect sensor, the latter yet has to prove itself valuable for the gamer.

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 One, Xbox, Durango

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I wonder how much control government agencies (or anyone else for that matter) have over these consoles. Fully networked, microphones, thermal sensors and cameras with facial recognition features, sounds like a snoop's wet dream. People may protest drones flying overhead or backdoor programs on their iPhones and yet eagerly bring devices like these into their homes with open arms.
0 0 [Posted by: DivideOverflow  | Date: 01/29/14 02:59:42 PM]
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What makes you think that just because Sony has released in more countries is the reason they have sold a lot more? Most of the countries Sony has released in purchases few consoles. Microsoft has released in most of its major markets and are still far behind. Sony still has at least one major market left to release in which is Japan. Maybe the reason the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One is simply because the demand for it is a little greater. And Sony was able to produce more consoles to sale than Microsoft.
0 0 [Posted by: Marvin MrBrookwood McClain  | Date: 01/29/14 03:15:39 PM]
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"Very early this month Microsoft announced that cumulative sales of the Xbox One game console in calendar 2013 were 3 million units. On Friday the software giant said that life-to-date shipments of the console are 3.9 million, which means that about one million units has been sold in January so far."

Wrong. Microsoft sold 3.9M by December 31.

"sold in 3.9 million units in just over five weeks"

The release date was 11/22; +5 weeks = end of December.
1 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/29/14 05:19:51 PM]
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Shipment are sales by M/S not by retailers. So the figures can be true but the fact is that retail sales are what count. Stocks on retailers floor are at an all time high whereas stocks of PS4 are near non existent. Question who has the higher retail sales?
2 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/29/14 07:47:24 PM]
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That is a good question. Retailers may have placed orders ~equally for both. It will likely become clearer over time if the sales of XB1 slow down markedly.

I don't know what the situation is like elsewhere, but I can confirm anecdotally that, in my area, I have no trouble finding XB1 stock, but stores are often out of PS4s.
2 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/29/14 08:10:33 PM]
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Another thought are these invoiced shipment which means that they are no paid for? These are just book figures not geniune sales just stock movements to make things look good. This is a favourate trick in dodgey accounting practices
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/30/14 05:15:50 AM]
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I wouldn't say dodgy or that it's a trick. It's just one measure, and from a revenue standpoint, the important one. Consoles are not sold on consignment.
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/30/14 01:30:47 PM]
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It is not revenue until the thing is paid for. Accountants have trouble understanding that things sold on credit are not revenue until they are paid for. The old adage of not counting your chickens before they hatch seems to have gone missing with the new generation of MBA's and C.P's.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/30/14 07:24:11 PM]
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It is paid for--by the retailer. If you sell those chickens to the grocery store, it's your revenue. It's the grocery store's revenue when they sell it. If they gave them back to you for a refund because they couldn't sell it... well, you shouldn't be in the chicken business.
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/30/14 07:59:36 PM]
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the normal period before the retailer pays his supplier is anything from 60 to 90 days from the date of the account which is sent out monthly by his supplier. Thus it could be anything up to 120 days before the supplier gets anything if not longer. (3 months) The article says shipped which are not sales until paid for. Thus shipped item should not be misconstrued as sales. They are in reality still the suppliers property and as such are stock in everything but name.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/30/14 10:29:40 PM]
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That would be true if it's cash basis accounting, but it's not. And consoles aren't sold on consignment.
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