It’s been a great 8th generation console launch for both Microsoft and Sony. Now we receive news from Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business Yusuf Mehdi, over at the Xbox Wire, that the Xbox One has sold over 3 million units since the November 22 launch last year.
Together, we ushered in a new era of games and entertainment with Xbox One. Over 3 million Xbox One consoles were sold to consumers in 13 countries before 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.
“Fastest-selling” is the operative word. We know that the PS4 sold more units than the Xbox One in the United States during the month of November due to the announcement made surrounding the monthly NPD report. However, due to demand, lack of replacement stock and being able to keep up sales pace over 15 days instead of the 8, the PS4 was sold at a slower rate over November than the Xbox One, hence fastest-selling.
That said, it is good for Microsoft to let the public know just how many Xbox One units they sold. Sony have been reluctant to share their exact hardware sales numbers in NPD reports, and Nintendo shares their exact sales numbers once only every sales quarter (3 months). In the interest of transparency, knowing the exact numbers for sold PS4 and Wii U units would be most beneficial for those interested in this aspect of the video game business.