Microsoft: More Than 1M Xbox One Units Sold in Less Than 24 Hours22 Nov, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Software behemoth says the One is sold out at most retailers
Microsoft Nov. 22 said it sold more than 1 million Xbox One consoles in less than 24 hours — outperforming the launches of both Xbox (2001) and Xbox 360 (2005). The $500 Xbox One was rolled out in 13 countries.
The software behemoth said initial shipments are gone at many retail outlets — a situation it plans to remedy.
“We are working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the unprecedented demand from our customers,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
The unit sales would appear to match rival PlayStation 4, which bowed a week ago selling 1 million units in the first 24 hours.
Microsoft said demand for new games like Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct, among others, has been strong.
The One launch combines games, live TV, Skype, sports, fitness, video and music. There are 22 game titles for Xbox One currently available, including 10 exclusive titles.
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of marketing and strategy, Xbox. “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.”