Xbox One had a promising start with more than 1 million consoles sold within 24 hours of its release. Even both Xbox One and Xbox 360 dominated Black Friday sales in US. Now, Microsoft has revealed that they have in fact sold more than 2 million Xbox one consoles in first 18 days and that the device is sold out at major retailers, a fact which we also condone. Read the official blurb,
“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,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox.
While this is certainly something to celebrate for all the Xbox fans around the world, Microsoft should be putting efforts into bringing more units and meeting the demand. Sold out is hardly a consolation when competition is so intense. Sony has claimed 2.1 million PS4 sales in 16 days, but availability has been issue for them as well. Microsoft needs to spread Xbox one availability to more markets as PS4 is selling in 32 markets now as compared to only 13 markets for Xbox.