Microsoft announces 3 million Xbox One consoles sold

Microsoft sold 3 million Xbox One consoles in 13 countries before the end of 2013, the company announced today, the first time sales figures have been confirmed since it revealed 2 million consoles were sold within the first 18 days of release.

The news comes from a post on Microsoft's official Xbox Wire blog, where Microsoft said it's "continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible" thanks to steady sales.

"Over 3 million Xbox One consoles were sold to consumers in 13 countries before the end of 2013," wrote Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business for Xbox. "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."

On Dec. 12, the NPD Group confirmed 909,132 Xbox One consoles were sold in the U.S. in its first 10 days of release. The previous day, Microsoft announced it had surpassed 2 million Xbox One sales within the first 18 days of availability, a tally that included the other 12 markets the console launched in.

November's NPD sales figures indicate that the U.S. likely accounted for at least a third of Xbox One's overall sales, though Microsoft declined to break down the sales by territory. When the November figures were released, Microsoft claimed it "significantly outpacing the nearest competitor" in terms of daily console sales.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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Hahaiah said,
Great "article". Might have been relevant to mention Sony numbers?

Great "comment." The article isn't about Sony.

Edit: Smartphone typo.

Edited by Anthony Tosie, Jan 7 2014, 3:02pm :

3 million is decent, strange that they waited until the 6th to tell us this and not the 1st or 2nd of january. Wonder if sony will say how many ps4's they sold in 2013 now.

ps4 is still out of stock on amazon uk btw, xbone is in stock.

torrentthief said,
3 million is decent, strange that they waited until the 6th to tell us this and not the 1st or 2nd of january. Wonder if sony will say how many ps4's they sold in 2013 now.

ps4 is still out of stock on amazon uk btw, xbone is in stock.

As we're finding out though, the Xbox One not being out of stock as much as the ps4 is doesn't mean it's not selling and that MS is doing a better job of having supply available to retail shops.

Geezy said,
And hopefully DVR and DLNA support (bing searchable) so it can be a true media box.

It already has DLNA support. Every time you use the Xbox music/video play to option it's using DLNA.

I am aware, but can Bing search it when you ask it to look for video/music? I tried to be specific about that but I guess I shouldn't have used parentheses. It would be nice not to have to use Play To but rather to be able to call up the videos/music from the Xbox One (like most DLNA implementations) so you don't have to use multiple devices or get up to go to your PC.

It would also be nice if Bing doesn't ask you to buy/rent a video/song you already own and can access through DLNA.

So Microsoft sold 3 million since release and Sony sold 2.1 million in first two weeks....I wonder who sold more at this point.

stevan said,
So Microsoft sold 3 million since release and Sony sold 2.1 million in first two weeks....I wonder who sold more at this point.

Nobody was implying they haven't sold more...

Not realy, Microsoft sold 1 million after 1 week, Sony needed 2 weeks and 1 day to sell 2.1 million consoles, so they are selling at an equal reat.

stevan said,
So Microsoft sold 3 million since release and Sony sold 2.1 million in first two weeks....I wonder who sold more at this point.

probably sony because its 100$ cheaper. people usually like cheaper options.

trojan_market said,

probably sony because its 100$ cheaper. people usually like cheaper options.

Or god forbid, it's actually a decent console.

It's still mind boggling how these consoles are selling so much when they have the same lack of compelling system selling content people bashed nintendo about early last year.

Blackhearted said,
It's still mind boggling how these consoles are selling so much when they have the same lack of compelling system selling content people bashed nintendo about early last year.

I think there's more of a difference with their respective situations than that. The Wii U isn't as powerful as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and Nintendo has a notoriously mediocre history with third-party developers and publishers.

It's a lot of the same problems Sega faced with the Dreamcast, though obviously Nintendo is in a far better financial situation than Sega was at the time.

I got mine, just for BF4 (and its awesome! - despite the odd occasion when getting on a server is a wait)
And the voice controlled TV and Skype is great for me.
Even just "Xbox Turn Off" powers down my AMP, my TV and my Xbox - its so cool and convenient. I love love love my Xbox One. Fifa 14 is so much sweeter than FIFA14 on Xbox 360. Did I mention I love mine. I do, I love it. I don't care what the haters say, one of the best gadgets I have ever purchased. Kisses to all those fine people in Redmond.

Blackhearted said,
It's still mind boggling how these consoles are selling so much when they have the same lack of compelling system selling content people bashed nintendo about early last year.

The difference is that people know and expect the content to come for these systems from past experience while they don't have the same faith from Nintendo in general.

Blackhearted said,
It's still mind boggling how these consoles are selling so much when they have the same lack of compelling system selling content people bashed nintendo about early last year.

On the Gamecube there was a fair amount of core gamers. I remember back then there were a lot of people complaining when a thirdparty title wasnt released on Gamecube. Especially when newcomer Xbox did get it. Many devs mentioned it was a specs issue. The Gamecube simply didnt have it.

Nintendo realised they were losing on hardware and focused on casual gamers instead. They were incredibly succesful with the Wii but even then experts mentioned it would cost them in the longterm. Besides having mainstream success they established the reputation of having a console too weak to play thirdparty core games.

Sony and Microsoft build a reputation of thirdparty support. Whether you buy a PS4 or a XBone you can be sure to play tomorrow's popular third party games that haven't been announced today.

Nice job Microsoft. Now hurry up and launch it in those other 8 countries you guys promised for the actual launch date and the number will grow even faster.

Edited by Andrew, Jan 6 2014, 8:32pm :

Fritzly said,
Was not the 2.1 millions referring to the first two weeks period?

Yes. Last I heard Sony was near 4 million sold (a few days ago). You have to be delusional to believe a 500 dollar console can outsell a 400 dollar console with similar specs.

Ronnet said,

Yes. Last I heard Sony was near 4 million sold (a few days ago). You have to be delusional to believe a 500 dollar console can outsell a 400 dollar console with similar specs.


where did you see these magical stats placing the PS4 an entire 1 million ahead of the Xbox. Nobody is delusional to think that a cheaper console with similar specs shouldn't sell more. I think with all things being equal most people expect PS4 to sell more, not significantly more but still more. However it remains to be seen how well Sony has been able to resupply their consoles which will hurt console sales.

macrosslover said,

where did you see these magical stats placing the PS4 an entire 1 million ahead of the Xbox. Nobody is delusional to think that a cheaper console with similar specs shouldn't sell more. I think with all things being equal most people expect PS4 to sell more, not significantly more but still more. However it remains to be seen how well Sony has been able to resupply their consoles which will hurt console sales.

I read it on the newsfeed on my Phone. When I check online I can find similar figures on VGChartz. Not the most reliable source I know. But they have Xbone at 2,9 milion so thats pretty much spot on. I would say 33% more sales is not unrealistic for a 20% lower price.

Last generation Microsoft also profited from a delayed PS3 and their price was lower. This allows them to make quick gains in Europe, where the Playstation is prefered. Later in the generation Sony won back Europe. Besides the USA the Playstation made a strong come back worldwide. It didn't finish a distant third but came close to X360 figures.

This tells me that Playstation, in general, is more popular then Xbox. Add the price difference and I think Sony will be able to stay far ahead of Microsoft. It wouldn't suprise me if they'll lead by 30 to 40%. Which in absolute figures will be a substantial difference in a few years. And this is not wishful thinking, I prefer Xbox myself.

macrosslover said,

where did you see these magical stats placing the PS4 an entire 1 million ahead of the Xbox. Nobody is delusional to think that a cheaper console with similar specs shouldn't sell more. I think with all things being equal most people expect PS4 to sell more, not significantly more but still more. However it remains to be seen how well Sony has been able to resupply their consoles which will hurt console sales.


He's right - The PS4 is over 1 million ahead at the moment. Great job by both but Sony is winning at the moment.

Yep, in much less countries than Sony's PS4. Impressive!
They should release in the other 8 delayed launch countries ASAP though.