Microsoft have announced that they’ve sold a million Xbox One’s within 24-hours of it going on sale, setting a new record for Microsoft and easily surpassing what the Xbox 360 managed.
“The team is excited to confirm the launch of Xbox One was the biggest launch in Xbox history, with more than one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft,” Microsoft cried unto the heavens.
Naturally this has caused gamers around the world to start comparing sales numbers to that of the Playstation 4, however this is where things get a little trickier as many people are omitting some things that need to be taken into consideration.
Microsoft claim that the Xbox One has sold a million units in the first 24-hours of sale, a number which Sony also claims that the PS4 sold, making them, on the surface, neck and neck. However, Microsoft launched the Xbox One in a total of 13 countries around the globe, whereas the Playstation 4 has only been launched in the US and Canada. Sony’s machine is due to hit places like Europe and the UK on November 29th, where it will obviously sell even more.
Also worth considering is that Microsoft say that almost every retailer has run out of stock, so the lack of further sales could simply be due to nobody being able to get their grubby mitts on the console.
“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.” Said Microsoft
Sony have not made any such claims as of the moment. Perhaps the Xbox One would have had a larger sale had there been more available, although this didn’t happen so the point is largely moot.
At the moment, though, it would seem that Sony are holding a clear edge as we can likely assume the total sales will double, tripe or even quadruple when it finally launches in more areas next week.
It’s shaping up to be an interesting battle.