Microsoft: We are "selling every Xbox One we can make" but won't offer specifics

Earlier today, Sony announced that after the launch of the PlayStation 4 in 30 more markets in Europe and Latin America last week, it has now sold over 2.1 million units of the console since it was first released in the U.S and Canada on Nov. 15. However, it appears that Microsoft seems to be more reluctant to offer any updated sales numbers for the Xbox One, which launched in 13 markets on Nov. 22.

Back then, Microsoft said it sold over one million Xbox One units in its first 24 hours. Today, in a statement sent to AllThingsD, Yusuf Mehdi, the Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Microsoft's Xbox division, offered this rather vague update on sales of the console:

Eleven days in we are seeing record breaking sales and are selling every Xbox One we can make. Demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched and we are sold out at retailers around the world.

Unfortunately, that optimistic statement did not come with a updated sales figure for the Xbox One, as Sony offered today for the PS4. There is evidence from a third party consumer study that the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in the U.S. last week during Black Friday. Hopefully the company will offer some concrete figures on this subject soon.

Source: AllThingsD.com

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I'd rather know how well the 360 sold compared to the "One" and the PS4. There was the $99 4gb and some other well priced bundles available at various retailers.

Scenario 1: XB1s are available online or in stores.

Conclusion: No one is buying the XB1. DOOM!

Scenario 2: XB1s are sold out online and nowhere to be found in stores.

Conclusion: They're creating an artificial shortage so that people will think XB1 is popular. DOOM!

/the Internet is a silly place

Let's wait for actual figures, but there's an undeniable fact, and that is that both consoles are sold out, so maybe it's just a matter of who made more consoles and the allocation of those consoles. Also, as people get their consoles, more games start to pop up, 1080p stuff, etc, sales can greatly change. My point: there's no point in discussing it at this early stage and with such small data set that cannot show any meaningful trend.

Yeah, another million and I get a free cookie...why does anyone care? Really? Except for fan-boys which can brag about the company which got 500-600$ from them...

All these articles, and relative comments, about consoles are more entertaining that the ones about Apple.
Very effective as click bates though.....

Honestly what does it matter? Both consoles are successful, if one sells more this year, it won't matter long term and certainly won't reverse the decline of the console market.

The same old comments, every. single. time. are even more boring. Seriously Neowin, every time someone burps up unverified sales figures (and that includes Sony and MS), are you gonna keep reporting them here? Can we have some actual technology NEWS for a change?

My Local Best Buy and Future Shop has big pile of Xbone around 50 of them on the floor still sitting waiting to be sold.

Auditor said,
My Local Best Buy and Future Shop has big pile of Xbone around 50 of them on the floor still sitting waiting to be sold.

and I have 50 billion dollars

Might have been preorders. Our local BBY had around the same amount, but they were all Day One boxes which were preorders. Sucks to see a stack of Xbox One's taller than you, knowing you can't have one.

XorpiZ said,
My local best buy has around 100 unsold PoS4 laying around.

Now that I don't believe. People are looking to get their hands on these items whichever way possible. If that means ordering from a store that does have one, then as far as I know, they can do it via Best Buy. If you said any OTHER store, I might be inclined to believe you haha.

Well, it was a blatant lie. Weren't we all making up numbers and places? I thought that was what Auditor intended.. :-)

I don't even know which country has the nearest Best Buy.

Day 1 sales account for the fast majority of early sales. Since XOne launched in much less markets they have not benefitted from as much day 1 sales. Revealing figures would only make them look bad in comparison. Telling us what I just told you would also make them look bad as it implies they sold less. Even with a good explanation such a story would be spinned into 'Is Microsoft admitting they sold less units?' articles on many sites who are desperate for hits. So the best thing to do is say nothing, until its available in all major markets. On that note, give us in the rest of europe the XOne as well MS!!!

Ronnet said,
Day 1 sales account for the fast majority of early sales. Since XOne launched in much less markets they have not benefitted from as much day 1 sales. Revealing figures would only make them look bad in comparison. Telling us what I just told you would also make them look bad as it implies they sold less. Even with a good explanation such a story would be spinned into 'Is Microsoft admitting they sold less units?' articles on many sites who are desperate for hits. So the best thing to do is say nothing, until its available in all major markets. On that note, give us in the rest of europe the XOne as well MS!!!

I'm with you, I can't even buy one yet here. We're looking at 32 markets vs 13, so there's going to be a gap of some sort.

How many markets they launch in is irrelevant when they're both supply constrained. Demand far outweighs what they can produce at this time which is why these things never mean anything in the first couple months. Would maybe mean something if they couldn't sell available stock but that's not the case.

Boxster17 said,
How many markets they launch in is irrelevant when they're both supply constrained. Demand far outweighs what they can produce at this time which is why these things never mean anything in the first couple months. Would maybe mean something if they couldn't sell available stock but that's not the case.

It is relevant if both had succesful launchdays in those markets. Like I said launchday sales account for the majority of sales in the first period.

Its true that due to supplychain issues it doesnt say anything about which console will outperform the other one. However early sales figures are important to many people. And how many markets it has launched in has a very big impact on that.

So, using the logic some have before, it took Sony 30 more markets to sell an extra 1.1million units? Am I doing this right? The XB1 is still on it's original 13, hasn't changed since Nov. 22. If we go by the market release numbers then having the PS4 sell more units isn't a surprise at all.

Supply. They may have had more, but the supply isn't infinite. That much should be obvious.

Otherwise, if they had rolled even 2 million more consoles, I'd be looking at Microsoft to try and figure out what they're doing wrong if Sony has them 3:1... That just wouldn't make sense.

dead.cell said,
Supply. They may have had more, but the supply isn't infinite. That much should be obvious.

Otherwise, if they had rolled even 2 million more consoles, I'd be looking at Microsoft to try and figure out what they're doing wrong if Sony has them 3:1... That just wouldn't make sense.

It's not infinite but neither is the hardcore gamer market, it's actually on the small side compared to the market for other electronics. The only ones willing to pay these $400 and $500 prices are the core gamer, for the most part the ones who rush out to buy them first, though this time lots of people seem to also be waiting till next year.

Going with that, by releasing in more markets then the competition should be no surprise to have sold more. They've said 2.1 million, the XB1 could be at 1.5million, for example, or 1.8million. The only thing we know is that it's over 1 million as well.

George P said,

It's not infinite but neither is the hardcore gamer market, it's actually on the small side compared to the market for other electronics. The only ones willing to pay these $400 and $500 prices are the core gamer.


Not sure about this; core gamers are more PC gamers IMO.

Fritzly said,

Not sure about this; core gamers are more PC gamers IMO.

Core gamers likely own a PC and a console. Too many good consoles exclusives to pass up and FPS games are better on PC with mouse and keyboard.

I like how they say "record breaking sales", without any clear definition. This leads me to believe that the only records they're breaking are their own.

Also, being sold out doesn't mean much unless you know how many you've actually sold. That isn't to say they aren't selling, but I have no idea how hard they are pushing outside of the US.

I don't see why people care. Enough of both have been sold to ensure solid ecosystems. Do people get a free loaf of bread for every millionth unit that their favored black box sells over the competition? Did I miss out on that deal somehow?

I'm done caring about the console competition.

I want to see some interesting analytics from those of us already on board.

For instance, How many of us are purely digital after the 180 on disc usage.

The PS4 is more popular outside the US. Infact, in most stores, it has sold out of both shipments and people have already sold out the pre-orders for the late January shipment too. Sony cant make them fast enough, which is a good sign

The XB1 is selling 'okay' here in Australia, apparently you can walk into a store and pick up one from the shelf, but there are still many there waiting to be sold, which is a telling story here.

Anarkii said,

The XB1 is selling 'okay' here in Australia, apparently you can walk into a store and pick up one from the shelf, but there are still many there waiting to be sold, which is a telling story here.

As MS intended. They are being replenished weekly at my local here in ACT, so good stock supply. As a comparison, they only got 4 PS4 units which were sold immediately and no ETA except for late January. Out of the 60 odd friends I have on XBL, 42 have the One already, so I suspect sales here will be as good as (if not better than the 360) over its lifetime. PS4 will sell well, but there are a couple of places here with stock on shelves still waiting for a buyer to be found.

das reich wolf said,

As MS intended. They are being replenished weekly at my local here in ACT, so good stock supply. As a comparison, they only got 4 PS4 units which were sold immediately and no ETA except for late January. Out of the 60 odd friends I have on XBL, 42 have the One already, so I suspect sales here will be as good as (if not better than the 360) over its lifetime. PS4 will sell well, but there are a couple of places here with stock on shelves still waiting for a buyer to be found.

I think the reason why Microsoft is able to replenished supply because they are using parts that has already been massed produced (DDR3) unlike Sony (DDR5). MS did say that this holiday, that anyone wanting the console should be able to pick one up.