Xbox One sells over 1m units in first 24 hours
Microsoft has announced that it has sold over 1m units in its first 24 hours of launch after releasing the console in 13 markets, beating Xbox 360 as Microsoft’s biggest ever launch.
“The team is excited to confirm the launch of Xbox One was the biggest launch in Xbox history, with more than one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft.”
Xbox One consoles are currently sold out at most retailers Microsoft states, and they are working hard to replenish stock as fast as possible to “meet the unprecedented demand” from their customers. Stating that gamers around the world couldn’t wait to try out first party titles such as Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5, Microsoft also offered some interesting in-game statistics. Over 60 million zombies have been killed in“Dead Rising 3, while over 3.6 million miles driven in Forza Motorsport 5 and 8.5 million enemies have been killed in Ryse: Son of Rome.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy said, “We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world, 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.”
Sony announced last week that the PlayStation 4 had sold around 1 million units, putting Microsoft even with Sony. However Sony still has the European release coming up this Friday. Whereas Microsoft had sold over 1 million units in it’s worldwide release, the same feat was matched by Sony with just their North American release, so there is no doubt that PlayStation 4 will have more worldwide sales after it launches November 29 in Europe. Both Microsoft and Sony however will be delighted with selling more units than last-gen consoles, especially given the tough economic times the world currently faces.
Source: *Xbox Wire