Microsoft announced today that more than three million Xbox One consoles had been sold by the end of 2013.
The Xbox One looked like it might be in for a rough ride against the PlayStation 4 back in the days of last year’s E3, but today Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Marketing Yusuf Medhi sounded very pleased with the situation overall, describing the launch of the console as “most epic.”
“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,” he said. “Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide. We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible.”
The first million of those consoles sold within 24 hours of launch, but two million more over the following six weeks is still a pretty torrid pace. The three million unit sales more than doubles the standard set by the Xbox 360, which launched on November 22, 2005, and had shipped – not sold – roughly 1.5 million units by the end of that year.
Year-end sales figures for the PlayStation 4 have not yet been announced.