Microsoft: Xbox One Sales Top 2 Million Units in 18 Days

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 December 2013 / 9,217 Views

The Xbox One launched in 13 countries around the world on November 22. In the 18 days since it launched the console has sold more than two million units, according to Microsoft. This has set a record for the Xbox brand. The Xbox 360 didn't hit two million sold until a full three months after it first launched in North America.

To compare, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 hit 2.1 million units sold worldwide, as of December 1. That is 16 days since it launched in North America and just a couple days since it launched in Europe.

"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox. "We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers."

"We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date," Mehdi added.

"Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong," said John Love, director of video games at Amazon.  “At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1000 units per minute on Amazon.com."

People who have purchased an Xbox One have already spend over 83 million hours playing games, watching TV, and using apps on the Xbox One. There has also been more than 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and 595 million Gamerscore achieved.


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12 Comments

shikamaru317 (on 11 December 2013)

Let's put this into perspective now: The Wii U sold 2.24 million in 6 weeks, the PS3 sold 1.7 million in 11 weeks, and the 360 sold 1.7 million in 9 weeks. That means that Xbox One has almost caught the Wii U's first 6 weeks in just 18 days, and passed the 360's first 9 weeks and the PS3's first 11 weeks.


WebmasterX (on 13 December 2013)

Why when is oficial numbers for sony vgcharts update. And when is numbers oficial for Micro vgcharts not update??? This generation the numbers of vgcharts not credible. More 2 million for Xbox One. The weeks are bad counts


Shyakugaun (on 11 December 2013)

The fanboy warz continues smh


Rawnchie14 (on 11 December 2013)

Christ. The fanboy is strong in these comments. It's crystal clear that both consoles are selling at max output, and are both doing extremely well. But this continuous flow of BS anecdotal malarkey from people trying to discredit one or the others' sales is getting ridiculous. Be happy with your solitary purchase, and put away the pom poms. Both - are - succeeding.


AllCreation (on 13 December 2013)

Its sad (and a little unprofessional really) the slant that the media puts on things like this, But if we Really want to "put things into perspective" we'll have to take into account the fact that the PS4 and XB1 were available for purchase way back in February. With the longest pre-order window in game console history The PS4 and XB1 each sold one million units in TEN MONTHS not 24 hours like the media seems to be suggesting. Comparatively the Wii U's pre order window was just around 2 months and, as shikamaru317 was so kind to point out for us, it sold 2.24 million units in about 6 weeks. If around this time next year the Demand for the PS4 or XB1 is still exceeding the Supply rate like it was for the Original Wii then i will be truly impressed even despite them owing a large portion of their sales to sketchy media promotion.


Wonktonodi (on 15 December 2013)

so many things wrong with this post. give credit where it's do stop trying to blame the media or preorders for how well they are doing.


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AllCreation (on 16 December 2013)

LOL... Well the information is factual; The two consoles WERE available for purchase 11 months ago and few if any media outlets have taken any steps to highlight the relevancy of this information.

I never said the two consoles weren't selling well, In fact I wholeheartedly agree that they are but then so was the Wii U when it first released... The problem is that many people believe that the Wii U went uncontested for nearly a year when there is evidence to show that it has actually been in competition with the PS4 and XB1 for 11 months now. Its unfair to compare the launch sales of the three console when the XB1 and PS4 had a pre-order window that was about 5 times longer than the Wii U's and he media not bringing this information to light IS having a negative impact on Wii U sales.


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AllCreation (on 17 December 2013)

LOL... Well the information is factual; The two consoles WERE available for purchase 11 months ago and few if any media outlets have taken any steps to highlight the relevancy of this information.

I never said the two consoles weren't selling well, In fact I wholeheartedly agree that they are but then so was the Wii U when it first released... The problem is that many people believe that the Wii U went uncontested for nearly a year when there is evidence to show that it has actually been in competition with the PS4 and XB1 for 11 months now. Its unfair to compare the launch sales of the three console when the XB1 and PS4 had a pre-order window that was about 5 times longer than the Wii U's and he media not bringing this information to light IS having a negative impact on Wii U sales.


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dsage01 (on 12 December 2013)

They may be wrong about their sales here..NPD only has them at 900k and the chances of them selling 1M in Euro during this time period seems really inaccurate...something's not right


shikamaru317 (on 13 December 2013)

NPD has only released November numbers, which would be the first 9 days on sale. Microsoft's 2 million figure is based on the first 18 days. There were about 500k sales outside of the US during November according to VGchartz, which adds up to about 1.4 million. That leaves 600k to be sold during the remaining 9 days, which is definitely possible considering the fact that the Xbox One was restocked and sold through several times in the US during that time period.


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spynx (on 12 December 2013)

MS could have come out earlier when sony announced their sales and say they are almost getting to that amount too. They waited only to come with these figures which i don't think is sold to consumers. M$ always count as sold to retailers and they know how things are going for ps4. They want to save their division from angry share holders.


avrwc2 (on 11 December 2013)

Okay, so we got Skype (fully compromised), Kinect (initially meant to be always on), XBone (initially meant to be always connected), NSA/FBI's ability to access mics and cams without turning on the 'on' light, NSA's turning the XBox Live into their experimental playground. Hmmm... all totally unrelated, right?


reviniente (on 11 December 2013)

Bitter.


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Michael-5 (on 11 December 2013)

NBA/FBI can access speak through Kinect even when it's off? I'm not getting an XBO until they sell one without Kinect, that's final now.


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Wanderlei (on 12 December 2013)

Hahaha Microsoft is playing the game better than Sony. People will only remember the headline, Sony announced 1 million now Microsoft announce 2 million. People will think 'wow the xbox sold twice as much, it must be the bestest new thing everyone is buying'. People wont take in to account time factors, etc. Good to see Sony get out played, they thrive on spreading Black PR and using sneaky underhanded marketing techniques, if not out right lying to the public and their consumers.


Michael-5 (on 11 December 2013)

Demand is exceeding supply? Last I checked PS4 is sold out here in Canada, but XBO is still on shelves. I hear the same is true for pretty much everywhere except maybe UK. Would have been cool if they mentioned how many people got 1,000/1,000 on a game, i.e. completed it.


scat398 (on 11 December 2013)

you've got to get a new talking point, its sold out. Nobody is saying it is in as high as demand as PS4 so you can relax, but the fact is in NA once it gets re-stocked it sells out. I can't speak for other countries.


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spynx (on 11 December 2013)

Skeptical. Could be shipped to retailers as there wouldn't be much sales during black friday since it launched a few days.


loy310 (on 11 December 2013)

lol, if that is true then PS4 is under tracked.