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Xbox One reveal watched by 8.45 million in first 24 hours

Microsoft's streaming event found a ton of viewers

Microsoft has announced that 8.45 million people watched the stream of the Xbox One reveal. According to Microsoft streaming partner Akamai, the reveal was the most watched live broadcast in the company's history, outdoing the 2012 Presidential election night, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2011 Royal Wedding. Microsoft also tripled its previous concurrency record for events on Xbox.com.

"With the unveiling of Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system for a new generation, we knew immediately Xbox fans were tuning into the announcement in record numbers. We are humbled and grateful for your loyalty and interest in the unveiling of Xbox One," wrote Xbox Wire editor Lisa Gurry.

1.73 million people viewed the event on Spike TV, making it the number one show in its timeslot on May 21.

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.