Last week, Sony announced over 1 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in just 24 hours of its launch in the U.S. and has sold a total of 2.1 million units globally. Microsoft originally responded to this news by saying the Xbox One has been experiencing “overwhelming demand” from the countries it launched in, although no hard numbers were given at the time. Today, Microsoft has finally released some hard numbers saying their Xbox One has sold over 2 million units in its first 18 days of being available.
2 million Xbox One consoles since its launch 18 days ago averages out to over 100,000 units per day, which is a pace Microsoft is calling “record-setting.” If you’re the kind of person to compare the sales of a console to see just how well it has performed, the 2.1 million units Sony sold of its PlayStation 4 was done in 16 days, making Microsoft’s 2 million in 18 days seem just a bit short of Sony’s pace.
One thing we would like to make note of is these are sales prior to the end of the year, which we expect sales to pick up the closer we get to Christmas and other holidays taking place later in December. At this point, both the PS4 and Xbox One seem to be neck and neck with Sony leading by an extremely small margin.