Xbox One Passes 2 Million Units; Retailers Report Sellouts11 Dec, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
Microsoft Dec. 11 said it’s sold more than 2 million Xbox Ones in the first 18 days of its availability, and that most retailers have sold out their allotment of the next-generation gaming console.
Gamers who have managed to get their hands on the console have already spent more than 83 million hours playing games, watching videos and using apps.
“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of strategy and marketing for Xbox. “Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets. We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than one million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date.”
John Love, director of video games at Amazon, said consumers were ordering the console at more than 1,000 units per minute during peak demand, and Chris Nagelson, VP of entertainment for Walmart U.S., said it was a top seller on Black Friday. Nagelson said the retailer is working to refresh its inventory before Christmas.
“The Xbox One entertainment system is one of our hottest-selling products this holiday season,” said Bob Puzon, SVP of merchandising at GameStop. “GameStop is experiencing high demand from our customers for this innovative console and we are working closely with Microsoft to receive more units to fulfill our customers’ holiday shopping lists.”