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Xbox One, the Story of its First Weekend and its Comparison vs. Sony.

So the dust has now settled on what is “the biggest launch in Xbox history”, according to Microsoft.  They have announced are over one million consoles sold in less than 24 hours.


When speaking with GI International, Microsoft’s corporate VP Phil Harrison stated “the pre-orders have been unprecedented, and the supply that we are bringing in to the market in addition to the pre-orders will mean that by far and away it’s our biggest launch ever.”

When questioned about whether Microsoft would meet the demand for the console over the Christmas period, Harrison replied “We’re working unbelievably hard to do that, to match demand. I can only apologise in advance to anybody who is let down before Christmas, we don’t want to lose a sale, clearly, and we’ll work hard in our operations and our manufacturing supply chain and obviously with our retail partners to make sure we catch up as quickly as we can.”

In comparison:

  • The number of units is pretty much what Sony said on their first weekend of sales in the US.
  • Next to Sony’s claims those of Microsoft are not so impressive, considering that the Xbox One launched in 13 markets simultaneously, Where as Sony are yet to release in multiple regions.

A full list of future release dates for the PS4 is below:

Europe: November 29th, 2013 for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom)
Latin America: November 29th, 2013 for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru)
Japan: February 22nd, 2014
Asia regions: The middle of December 2013

The main question is which console will win the battle for Christmas supremacy.  It ultimately comes down to release day titles and the results of issues users get on Days one to 30.

Addendum: News is surfacing that the Xbox One UK sales are at a stage where they are close to overtaking the Wii U UK sales.  Reports say that the Xbox One has sold 150,000 units in the UK since launch and an unnamed source states that this is close to the Wii U total sales.  Death to the Wii U imminent?  With consoles like the Ouya coming around, I wouldn’t be too surprised.  Anyone else still waiting for a Pokemon MMO?


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