Microsoft matches Sony, sells over a million Xbox One consoles in the first 24 hours
Microsoft has managed to sell more than a million Xbox One consoles within the first 24 hours, much like Sony did with the PlayStation 4 a week ago. Redmond launched their next generation console in 13 markets on November 22 with 22 games (10 exclusive titles) which is now sold out at most retailers according to a post on the official Xbox website.
Sales surpassed day one Xbox 360 sales exactly eight years ago which makes it the biggest launch in Xbox history. Microsoft said they are working as quickly as possible to replenish stock to meet customer demand.
Sales figures aside, Microsoft also provided some pretty neat statistics on some of their launch titles. For example, over 60 million zombies have been killed in Dead Rising 3, more than 3.6 million miles driven in Forza Motorsport 5, over 7.1 million combos have been pulled off in Killer Instinct and more than 8.5 million enemies have been defeated in Ryse: Son of Rome.
That doesn’t mean everyone is just sitting on the couch playing games, however. According to Microsoft, more than 43.3 million Fit Points have been earned in Xbox Fitness thus far.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Xbox said they are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the globe. It was truly exciting to see fans lined up to get their Xbox One, Mehdi said, and they look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.
The Xbox One is the successor to Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console. It features an eight-core x86 CPU with more than 5 billion transistors, 8GB of system memory and a 500GB hard drive. The system includes a Blu-ray drive, 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI In/Out and USB 3.0. Every Xbox One ships with a Kinect and with this generation Microsoft is pushing to become a de facto TV companion going beyond gaming.
The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a last-generation console and home entertainment system featuring a x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" SoC, 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. Sony incorporates a touchscreen and a share button on the new DualShock 4 controller and enables a view of in-game play streamed live from friends.
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