About a week ago, Sony announced that it had sold over 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide. While we were all quick to smile and point out that Microsoft had yet to make such an announcement, it only took a little over a week for Microsoft to announce that the Xbox One had hit 2 million unit sales worldwide—roughly the same amount of time between the launch of the PS4 and the Xbox One consoles.
The news comes by way of a post on the Xbox Wire, which claims to have hit the two million milestone in only 18 days on store shelves, “averaging over 111,111 units sold per day—a record-setting pace for Xbox.” That ain’t no small potatoes!
Said Xbox corporate vice president of strategy and marketing Yusuf Mehdi:
“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.”
An article on Reuters notes that Sony’s announcement of 2.1 million consoles sold came after 15 days, while the Xbox One’s announcement came after the aforementioned 18 days. So does that mean that Sony is “winning” or that Microsoft is “losing”? No, not really. They’re both winning pretty hard, because we gamers are giving them all of our money. The only real loser seems to be Nintendo, who hasn’t made any such high profile announcements about Wii U console sales this season.
The month is still young, and it’s possible that gift-hunting parents will bring home Wii U units when they can’t find Xbox One or PS4 consoles anywhere. But otherwise, I wouldn’t be surprised to see photos of Sony and Microsoft execs putting up their feet in some secret lounge somewhere, drinking Scotch, smoking cigars, and warmed by a giant pile of our money being burned for the hell of it.
[Via Xbox Wire]