Microsoft: A Record 1M Xbox Ones Sold in Less Than 24 Hours
As the 2013 holiday season kicks off, brisk demand helps Microsoft achieve its biggest console launch yet.Microsoft's big bet on the future of living room tech is showing early signs of paying off. The company announced that during the first 24 hours after the TV-friendly, voice control-enabled Xbox One launched, Microsoft managed to get more than 1 million of the devices into the hands of consumers. It's a feat that sets a new benchmark for the company's Xbox consumer product division. In a statement, Microsoft confirmed that "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 isn't the only video game system maker that's off to a strong start. After the Nov. 15 North American launch (U.S. and Canada) of the PlayStation 4, Sony announced that it had sold 1 million units of its new console, which is priced at $399.
The Xbox One, by comparison, launched in 13 territories and retails for $100 more than the PlayStation 4. Both systems sport similar AMD-based x86 Jaguar architectures. The pricing disparity is largely owed to Microsoft's decision to bundle its Kinect sensor. The PlayStation 4 camera is available as a separate add-on.
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