It has been a while since we have actually gotten any sales numbers from the great console sales race of 2013. As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins this week Microsoft has provided the world with an update. In a blog post from Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Advertising, Strategy and Business, for the XBOX division, the most up to date tallies have actually been detailed.
“Over 3 million Xbox One systems were offered to customers in 13 nations prior to the end of 2013. It has been extraordinary to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting speed for Xbox, and we were recognized to see Xbox One end up being the fastest-selling console in the United States throughout our launch month in November. Considering that our launch, need for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most merchants worldwide. We are remaining to work hard to deliver extra systems to sellers as quick as possible.”
That is three million consoles sold worldwide in only about 5-6 weeks of sales in 2013. Last we heard, Microsoft hit 2 million sales in very early December. The two million unit announcement was made just before Sony revealed 2.1 million in worldwide PlayStation 4 sales. Sony has yet to provide an update to the current number of PlayStation 4 sales for 2013. If Sony has numbers to top Microsoft’s 3 million in 2013, we’ll likely become aware of it quickly as they attempt to steal the Xbox One’s thunder.
In the meantime, we just have Microsoft’s data, and 3 million Xbox Ones sold in about six weeks after launch is without a doubt remarkable. As a reference, Microsoft shipped 1.5 million Xbox 360s during that console’s launch in the last couple of weeks of 2005. This figure is easily double that, thinking about units delivered doesn’t necessarily equal units offered.
Microsoft likewise made a point to emphasize the enormous amount of United States sales in this announcement. Generally the Xbox exceeds Sony’s PlayStation in the US market, however Sony pulls ahead worldwide, particularly in Asia, for apparent reasons. If PlayStation 4 is ahead in total sales total, they have the worldwide market to thank.
I do expect we’ll hear Sony’s figures shortly now that Microsoft has actually made this announcement. If I had to guess, Sony may still have the edge in regards to total sales, however it won’t be by much, and Xbox does have an additional $100 on its cost. If there have been more than six million next generation consoles offered this holiday season in between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this was a winter without equal for Sony and Microsoft.
Mehdi ends his post stating just how much he’s anticipating 2014, noting expected games that will be out for the Xbox One like Fate, Titanfall, Watch Dogs, The Division and more. With barely a handful of truly beneficial next-gen games out on either system today, 2014 will be the time when these brand-new systems go from hopeful Christmas presents to outright must haves.
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