Microsoft sells 1 million Xbox Ones in 24 hours


Microsoft announced that it has sold more than a million Xbox One consoles within 24 hours after hitting shelves for the first time on November 22 setting a new sales record at the company.

See also: Sony PlayStation 4 sold over 1 million in first day

The Xbox One console went on sale in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the U.S.

“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Xbox corporate vice president of marketing Yusuf Mehdi.

“Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team,” he continued.

Xbox fans queued at consumer electronics shops to be among the first to get their hands on Microsoft’s beefed-up console that extends beyond gaming to online films, music, social networking and more.

In addition to providing sales numbers, Microsoft offered some gaming stats for the first 24 hours of game play. According to the company, over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3,” over 3.6 million miles have been driven in “Forza Motorsport 5,” over 7.1 million combos have been performed in “Killer Instinct,” over 8.5 million enemies have been defeated in “Ryse: Son of Rome” and over 43.3 million Fit points have been earned in Xbox Fitness.

Sony last week unleashed the PlayStation 4 on November 15 in only North America and sold more than a million PS4 consoles in the 24 hours after its release.

The Xbox One costs $499 in the U.S., and the PlayStation 4 can be had for $399.

Both consoles boast upgrades which provide richer graphics and more immersive game play than their predecessors. Social features for online play have also been enhanced, along with the ability to share with friends.

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