Xbox One sells over 1 million consoles in 24 hours

Stacks on stacks of consoles.

[Update] To clarify some questions readers have raised in the comments, the Xbox One garnered 1 million sales after launching across 13 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

The PlayStation 4 reached 1 million, but is currently only available in the US and Canada. Sony's console will release in the EU, Australia, and New Zealand on November 29, and most other countries in December.

Both the PS4 and Xbox One will release in Japan in 2014.

Although both Sony and Microsoft cite their respective consoles as their fastest-selling gaming machines, neither provided numbers on the total number available on day one, although both also claim to have sold out at the majority of available outlets at launch.

While both statistics are impressive and show a strong start, the real impact of both consoles will not be fully known until after this year's holiday sales numbers have been released.

[The original story appears below.]

Not to be outdone by the PlayStation 4 selling one million consoles in just 24 hours, Microsoft announced today that the Xbox One also achieved the 24 hour, million console milestone.

In a press statement, Xbox stated that the over one million consoles have been "sold through," meaning that the number reflects sales to consumers, not shipments to retailers.

Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox's corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, wrote, “We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world. 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. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”

The press statement included a few other statistics as well, including:

A small number of consumers have reported problems with the console, but after going through the Xbox support forums, Amazon reviews thread, and other sources, there does not appear to be any problem as persistent as the infamous "Red Ring of Death" that plagued the Microsoft Xbox 360 launch.

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Discussion

1690 comments
lucienbry
lucienbry

This article on states that over 1M we're sold, it doesn't say the total number that were sold. I imagine around 2/2.5 million were sold within a few days. I got my X1 and am very impressed, Forza 5 runs at 1080p 60 FPS looks beautiful. Bring on Titanfall 

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

The PS4 will sell better anyways, especially in Europe and with it having a much cheaper price tag, makes more sense to me, I didn't pre-order my PS4 in time so ill be picking it up during the 2nd or3rd wave during or after Christmas.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

People are trying to pick apart this. Why? It's still a million sold in 24 hours. Both companies are running into shortages which basically says they only had a couple million each. In other words, Microsoft just tried to spread it out while Sony put it all in one area. 

It's six of one, half a dozen of another.

Viridianzealot
Viridianzealot

"Matching the PS4's record, Microsoft posts numbers for their fastest selling console ever." That is a joke.


You should compare sales after the PS4 gets released in those same 13 markets and not say that the XBone achieved the same sales as the PS4. 

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

Eventually I'll likely have both. If it were just me the first would be PS4 but my wife is really into P90X... well she is psyched about the Kinect P90X/Insansity... all that beachbody fitness stuff coming to the new Kinect on the X1. So naturally with wife excited about that and PS4 not really offering her anything (she doesn't game at all)... Guess going X1. When your wife actually wants a specific game console and it keeps her body looking good... then that is the console you buy first. But I'm not rushing out. If they are on the shelf before Xmas I might get one otherwise I'll just wait until after the first of the year.

lost2bfound
lost2bfound

I ended up with both systems but mainly using xo because it's so integrated and I love, love the snap feature.... And I just don't like the ps controller as much... But both r good systems.. Why hate

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

new sells numbers PS4 sales 1.08 million north america. xboned 1 million shipped? maybe? 13 c.

antiheroeco
antiheroeco

It is obvious the ps4 is selling more, Here in Australia you can't find a ps4 before 2014 if you don't have one reserved already, but you can go an buy a xbone now if you want. It's the same in Europe.

Centurion-Legio
Centurion-Legio

they should just say how much they sold on the US and canada to do a fair comparison. tittle is misleading and its all over the web like that "Microsoft sold as many consoles as Sony" but they don't really say in how many territories respectively 

BradBurns
BradBurns

Basically, Microsoft was trying to mislead the public into thinking that they achieved the same level of sales as Sony did with their PS4 console.

The truth is, their heavy-handed anti consumer policies bit them hard. Many  game enthusiasts (people like you and me who actually bother to comment on sites like these) lost trust in them, and therefore the casuals followed in suit.

And rightfully so, in my view. They don't really seem to have had a change of heart on the matter.

mos2000
mos2000

And some try to argue this is a pro Xbox site HA, far from the truth.  The above update was unnecessary GS

Uangry
Uangry

Both of these "next gen" consoles suck anyway. Enjoy paying to play online for both...

xboxfalife
xboxfalife

Once again the PS fanboys running their mouths but not speaking the whole truth. Yes Sony did sale 1 million units in north America alone and we all know that is b/c it only released in north America, but what Sony fanboys isn't taking into consideration is how many ps4 fans from other countries came to America to get a PS4 and or ordered it from online. So with that being said if Sony was all about the gamers they would've released it more broadly like Xbox did. So don't believe the hype about Sony sold 1 million strictly in north America b/c a large number of those PS4's are in other countries as we speak.

iamoverrated4gs
iamoverrated4gs

poor xbox one when the ps4 gets released on the UK in the 29th

kgallis21
kgallis21

This is a good example of how media can manipulate a story line to get people to read their news. If you read the headline we would all assume that Microsoft matched Sony in sales but the truth is Microsoft sold 1 million in 13 countries combined while Sony sold 1 million in us and canada alone. Which means they probably sold about 3 to 400,000 in the us which isn't bad but it's false advertisement.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I'm still getting email notifications about this even though I'm not following this conversation. It's annoying. 

EVERYONE STOP COMMENTING!


Thanks.

fourclawrider
fourclawrider

at any rate...RIP wii U, though honestly that machine was stillborn anyway.

B74kD37H
B74kD37H

mines in the mail, was gonna get a ps4 bundle but they canceled my order

smillz999
smillz999

I'm pretty sure both consoles were guaranteed to sell through their inventory at launch. If they made a million, they were gonna sell a million...

Shebuka
Shebuka

Proud to contribute to the 1Mil milestone :)

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Viridianzealot 

Assuming the shortages are real, it's irrelevant. There likely won't be enough PS4s to go around. Both sold a million after being sold out with one choosing to focus that quantity in one place while the other decided to spread it all out. It'll probably neck and neck for a while while both Sony and Microsoft struggle to keep up with demand.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Centurion-Legio 

Why does it matter? It's a million one way or another. The only difference is one decided to put its eggs in one basket while the other decided to spread it out. Both are supposedly having shortages so it's irrelevant how they got to the million, only that they got to the million is what matters.

Geogyf
Geogyf

@BradBurns Also Xbox One getting released in 19 countries LESS also helps. just an observation

BradBurns
BradBurns

@mos2000 

I think so. 

It's not that we're anti-Xbox, I and most people actually think that the console is pretty interesting in what it's trying to achieve. 

The problem is that the company that is attached to the XboxOne is dodgey at best. They seem to be trying to get over on most people because of the XboxOne's popular name and success over the PS3 last generation. I

It doesn't seem to be working.

Geogyf
Geogyf

@xboxfalife You dont make sense.

PS4 is released in 32 countries.

Xbox One is released in 13 countries.



Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@xboxfalife shut up xbot what kind of nonsense trash theory is that?  F*&^ing fanboy

mos2000
mos2000

@kgallis21 They did match their sales. On day one they sold a million units. Thats not a manipulation.  - a fact. Not MS's fault the competition only released in two territories it's first day. 

 When all units are released on whatever final release day that is, would it be a lie or some type of manipulation if the PS4 matches or surpass Xbone if Sony boasts "Hey we sold 5 million consoles by final release date" - even though Sony's releasing in 12 more territories - NO. 

Fanboys get a grip.  Both units did well.  Can guarantee that when actual numbers are released for NA alone, there will not be a wide gap.

It's ok PSFB, everyone doesn't swear their life on only the stuff you like. As far as I'm concerned both consoles are a waste of a purchase at this moment.  Nothing to be proud about because your one of the 2 million that blew your money on right now is a pointless system with crappy titles - that will have the worst failure rates of any of its future generations released ...

BosoxJoe5
BosoxJoe5

@kgallis21 Actually Sony's numbers units to retailers and MS are units to customer. So they are hardly comparing the same thing. For all you know they 900k in the US and 100k in 13 countries.

meatz666
meatz666

@AncientDozer @Viridianzealot Don't forget that Sony rules in Europe and Asia. Just saying... Might not be the same number of customers only in the US, but it's the continents that saved PS3 and made it on par with 360 this year.

Viridianzealot
Viridianzealot

@AncientDozer I know, It's just that every single gaming site tries to present this as a great start for MS and the XBone, equivalent to that of the PS4, which couldn't be further from the truth. Well Friday the 29th is just around the corner when the PS4 launches in almost the same markets as the XBone did on the 22nd and then we will see who sold what and where.

galactic88
galactic88

@Tiger_Ali @xboxfalife Yea and those same people paid over 200 dollars to ship it to their countries and pass customs when they could just wait. Not to mention in most other countries the power cells run on a completely different current.

kgallis21
kgallis21

Oh boy and the fanboy nonsense comes out for your info my last system was an xbox360 did not own a PS3. I jumped ship because of all the DRM garbbage and i have a PC. I just tell it how it is M$ could of sold 900,000 in the us thats still horrible. That means you sold in 12 other countries 100,000. So what is going to happen when sony drops in other countires...wake up dude you dont have to be a fan boy to see this a mile away.

Geogyf
Geogyf

@meatz666 to be crystal clear, the 2nd phase is 32 countries.

the 3rd phase will have more countries

meatz666
meatz666

@ttn67 @Geogyf @AncientDozer PS4 wasn't released in 32 countries. Phase 2 is on the 28th, (or 22th?), and the third phase is in 2014 (Asia and stuff).

Geogyf
Geogyf

@SnowAvalanche @Geogyf @galactic88 @Tiger_Ali @xboxfalife First of all to be crystal clear.

1) The 2nd phase is that PS4 will be released in 32 countries, while the Xbox will be released in 13 countries. This is all going to happen before the end of 2013.

Then more countries will be implemented for both PS4 and Xbox One


2) I am sure you can agree that MS will have a harder time opening to new markets cause of Kinnect.

After all why for example an Polish for instance will want to buy Xbox One without Kinnect usabilities? it will be dead weight for him.

So problem for Polish people there. Xbox will be delayed until MS secures Kinect deals.

I am sure you can agree that that will be the same for the other 19 countries that will have PS4 availability.


3) I never said anything about the current sales. I simply stated the obvious, that PS4 will be on far more countries than Xbox One.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-sells-1-million-ps4s-on-day-one-in-north-america/1100-6416221/

Thats the article that Gamespot has tagged in this article. It pretty much says that only NA sales are calculated. Think the viewers couldnt see that?


4) the PS4 costs in the US 400 dollars, the Xbox One 500 dollars.

Because of import tax, the PS4 will cost 1800, the Xbox will cost 2200.

I dont care if its on brazilian dollars or US dollars.

Bottom line Xbox will cost far more in Brazil than PS4. 

Its more expensive in US, Europe, it will be more expensive in Brazil.

Thats simple logic there. 


Thank you too for reading my comment. Maybe this time you wont go gung-ho.

SnowAvalanche
SnowAvalanche

@Geogyf @galactic88 @Tiger_Ali @xboxfalife 


Hi Friend!

Its seems you are quite anti-PS4 in your replies throughout the comment system. But I think you may have a couple of facts wrong. First off, the PS4 has currently only been released in North America and Canada. So this whole thing about it being released in 32 countries hasn't actually happened yet. But good for you for living in the future. So really the Sony sales are only consisting of 2 markets. While the Xbox One has released in 13 countries. So this argument you have is kind of void.

But before you call me anti-Microsoft, I'm actually happy they've made it too over 1 million sales in 24 hours. Good for them, competition is great in the games industry.

Also to your brazilian point, yes it is going to cost $2200 dollars in Brazil. But that is in Brazilian dollars. While the PS4 is actually going to cost $3999 in Brazil (In Brazilian dollars mind you). But it was quite nice of you to mix up the currencies in order to contort the message.

So please before you go all fanboy on my arse. Don't try and twist the evidence. It only makes you look bad.

But before I sign off, congrats to both Sony supporters and Microsoft supporters to your sales. Doesn't matter how you got them, you both have successful consoles. Which both are great!

Thanks for reading.

Geogyf
Geogyf

@galactic88 @Tiger_Ali @xboxfalife PS 4 is getting released in 32 countries while Xbox One is getting released in 13 countries. 


Xbox One has a disadvantage. Because Microsoft needs to make the cable tv/Kinnect deals in each of the country, the addition of new markets will be a time-consuming practice.


Microsoft cant simply release Xbox One in countries without Kinnect support. Simply put, for good or for bad, Xbox One is closely tied with Kinnect.


The only people who really want to buy the PS4/Xbox One are the Brazilians.

With an import rate of over 70%, the PS4 will cost in Brazil 1800 dollars, while the Xbox One will cost 2200 dollars.


Thats the simple truth.