Microsoft Is Being Coy About Xbox One Sales Figures
Sony has been quite candid about the PS4 breaking 2.1 million units sold as well as the approximately 1% failure rate but Microsoft has been decidedly more coy about their sales figures.
The Xbox One released on November 22 in its 13 regions but we have yet to hear definitive specific numbers. Microsoft’s official statement is specifically vague.
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“We are humbled and gratified by the overwhelming response from our fans to the launch of Xbox One,” said Microsoft corporate vice president of strategy and marketing Yusuf Mehdi in an emailed statement. “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. We are seeing incredible usage from our engaged fans who have purchased Xbox One with more than 50 million hours spent on Xbox One games and entertainment.”
The Xbox One launched in 13 countries with more to follow in 2014 while the PS4 is currently available in 32 countries. It’s to be expected that Xbox One sales would not match up to PS4 but Microsoft’s reluctance to share sales figures suggests that the company doesn’t want these numbers blindly compared to Sony’s. Or perhaps it points to something deeper? I won’t speculate.