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Xbox One sells through 1m units worldwide on day one

Microsoft confirms that the launch of the Xbox One was the best Xbox launch for the company yet

Following the big launch of the Xbox One at midnight last night, Microsoft has just happily announced that the new console sold through 1 million units across 13 markets during its first 24 hours on sale. This marks a new record for the Xbox business, the company said. Supplies are also now limited. "Xbox One is now sold out at most retailers. We are working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the unprecedented demand from our customers," Microsoft said.

"We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President 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."

Microsoft also mentioned some tidbits about gameplay milestones in the new games. In the last 24 hours, over 60 million zombies have been killed in Dead Rising 3, over 3.6 million miles have been driven in Forza Motorsport 5, over 7.1 million combos were put together in Killer Instinct, and over 8.5 million enemies have been defeated in Ryse: Son of Rome.

Sony's PS4 also sold a million units in its first day, but it's worth noting that the console still hasn't shipped in Europe, unlike Xbox One. PS4 will launch across the pond on November 29.

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