by Anton Shilov
12/10/2013 | 11:20 PM
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.