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Xbox One hits the 2 million sales mark

by William Schwartz

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Roughly 18 days after its release, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One has surpassed two million in sales in a Xbox Wire post. According to Yusef Mehdi, corporate VP of strategy and marketing, “We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers.  We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date.”

According to the post, gamers collectively have earned over 39 million achievements and 595 million Gamerscore cumulatively. According to Microsoft, 83 million hours have been on games, TV or apps for the Xbox One.

GameStop, Amazon and Wal-Mart have all indicated high demand for the Xbox One.According to John Love of Amazon, “Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong. At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1000 units per minute on Amazon.com.”

Bob Puzen of GameStop said, ““The Xbox One entertainment system is one of our hottest selling products this holiday season. GameStop is experiencing high demand from our customers … and we are working closely with Microsoft to receive more units to fulfill our customers’ holiday shopping lists.”

Craig Nagelson of Walmart quipped, “Xbox One is one of the hottest Christmas gifts this holiday season and was a top seller this Black Friday. We are refreshing our inventory as fast as we can to ensure customers can give and receive the new console for Christmas.”

This news comes two weeks after Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 had surpassed the 2 million sales mark on December 1, launching in Canada and the United States for 16 days and in 30 other countries for one day at that time. Microsoft, in contrast, had launched the Xbox One in 13 countries for 18 days.

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