Just a week ago, Sony announced it had sold a million PlayStation 4’s on day one of retail availability. Many suspected Microsoft’s apparently weaker console, beleaguered as it is with the backlash of the whole DRM controversy, might not do as well. It has.
Microsoft has announced it too has sold a million consoles on its first day in stores, matching Sony’s impressive numbers.
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of marketing and strategy. “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.”
They also released a number of stats pertaining to its first party titles. Because they are tracking you, you know.
- Over 60 million zombies have been killed in Dead Rising 3
- Over 3.6 million miles were driven in Forza Motorsport 5
- Over 7.1 million combos were pulled off in Killer Instinct
- Over 8.5 million enemies have been defeated in Ryse: Son of Rome
- Over 43.3 million Fit Points were earned in Xbox Fitness
There is one key difference though. Sony’s million consoles were based off of day one sales in North America alone, while Microsoft’s are over all 13 regions where the console launched. So the Xbox One hasn’t yet matched PlayStation 4’s numbers – but it’s doing just fine. consoles, despite suggestion to the contrary, aren’t dead just yet.
Last Updated: November 25, 2013