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Xbox One has sold 3 million units worldwide

Xbox One has sold 3 million units worldwide

Mon 06 Jan 2014 5:15pm GMT / 12:15pm EST / 9:15am PST
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Microsoft has updated its sales total for the end of 2013

In a note to the media today, Xbox corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi announced that Xbox One sold through 3 million units in 13 countries by the end of 2013.

"It's been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November. Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide. We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible," Mehdi commented.

Microsoft noted that further data on the Xbox business would be revealed as part of the company's earnings announcement on January 23.

So far, it's been looking like sales of the next-gen consoles have been neck-and-neck. The last we heard from Sony was that it had sold 2.1 million PS4 units globally as of early December. Some analysts believe that PS4 will ultimately gain a larger installed base in the next few years, but a lot can happen between price cuts and software lineup to shift the advantage one way or another. We'll no doubt be hearing from Sony about PS4's latest sales totals soon.

12 Comments

Sergiu Badau Wittenberger QA Tester

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_U

Indeed, it says 3 million (even though it is 3 million shipped... which is not the same as sold)

Posted:9 months ago

#1

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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@ Sergiu Indeed but I would take Microsoft's sold through claim with a hefty serving of salt as well. Keep in mind that they are likely calculating this on the assumption that the Xbox One is sold out at retailers. It's not. It's readily available at almost any US retailer, both in-store and online at Amazon, and has been since a week before Christmas.

Posted:9 months ago

#2

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,193 1,170 0.5
Careful, Nick - you'll get the diabetes that way. Yeah, there are Xbox Ones around here as well. It's to the point where all I need to to is pop my head into the GameStop here and one of the clerks sees me and says "Yes, got 'em!" I think they want me dead or at least to buy something at some point...

Posted:9 months ago

#3

Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Pretty solid numbers for a doomed-from-the-start console. And as Christian pointed out, they have nearly surpassed Wii U life-to-date sales figures in less than two months, despite the Xbox One costing $200 more than the Wii U and being available in far less countries. Now thats impressive. Still, Sony's system is currently available in many more countries so I expect their numbers to be a bit higher. I think 4-6 million PS4 units sold during the first two months wouldn't be completely out of the question.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 7th January 2014 2:54am

Posted:9 months ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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@ Paul Actually you're pretty darn far off. The Wii U had sold 3 million by the end of 2012. Basically the Xbox One is tracking identically to the Wii U right now. Obviously one would hope it pulls ahead in the coming months, as January is when the Wii U sales fell off completely, but no, it hasn't almost sold the Wii U's life to date. It has, in fact, followed the Wii U's curve so far.

Posted:9 months ago

#5

Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital

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Both new consoles still have a lot to prove. So early after their launch, it is obvious that both Sony and Microsoft can sell anything they are able to manufacture. Important thing is if they are going to keep the strong sales throughout 2014. In my opinion, the real "console war" starts in Q2, after Titanfall and Infamous hit the shelves.

Posted:9 months ago

#6

Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

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Nicolas I was under the impression that the Wii U had sold 3.12 million as lifetime sales so how would the Xbox one selling that in two months be "tracking" the Wii U? am I missing something?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Peter Dwyer on 7th January 2014 5:23pm

Posted:9 months ago

#7
Those are not bad figures considering all of the hate press that MS seem to be getting lately.. the PS4 couldn't have sold many more than 3mil.. I've noticed that games sales figures between XO & PS4 versions are only slightly in Sony's favour by around 1% or 2%..
It would interesting to see how things panned out if MS sold the XO without the Kinect at the same price point as the PS4..

Posted:9 months ago

#8

Mohammed Alsadoon Staff Writer, Gaming Bus

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@Peter:

According to Nicholas' website, Wii is curently at 5.2 million sold worldwide during it's lifetime.

Posted:9 months ago

#9

Paul Jace Merchandiser

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@Nicholas--Let's suppose that the 5.2 million the above posted from your website is correct for Wii U sales by the end of December 2013. The Xbox One has already sold more than half that amount in less than a quarter of the time the Wii U has been on sale....in less countries....costing $200 more. Unless it's sales drop off a cliff the next several months I don't think you could say it's following the Wii U's curve. I have a feeling that by the end of March, probably no later than the end of April, that the Xbox One will have atleast caught up to Wii U sales, especially as they roll the system out in more than the initial 13 countries. On May 1st we'll see how close I was with my "almost" comment.

Posted:9 months ago

#10

Paul Jace Merchandiser

942 1,428 1.5
About the regions, MS launched in the region's where they can sell a decent amount of consoles the Tier 2 ,3, etc. countries won't bring them big additional sales.
The Tier 2 and 3 countries will bring them additional big sales, but probably not via specific countries like the US or UK. The system doesn't even need to sell out in any of those other countries. The thing that matters most to them is the combined worldwide sales. Right now they are at 3 million by way of 13 countries. Release in 13 more countries and thats probably an additional million sales. Release in 30+ more and thats probably another 3 million in sales. All those extra countries count, except Japan since they won't buy it anyway.

Posted:9 months ago

#11

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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Very impressive considering it's only available in 13 countries.

Posted:9 months ago

#12

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