GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft has sold two million Xbox One consoles to gamers worldwide in 18 days.
The number of sales and time mark a "record setting pace" for Xbox machine sales, according to Microsoft, and it is thrilled at how people have taken its £430 machine into their living rooms.
Microsoft Xbox marketing executive Yusuf Mehdi said the firm is excited about Xbox One sales. He said that demand is higher than supply, and that users have carried out one million paid transactions through the console.
"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," said Mehdi.
The firm reckons that its games console is the most popular online multiplayer community, and has so far totted up an overall gamers score of 595 million.
Rival Sony was giving out its own numbers about time spent online earlier this week, and reported that its players have streamed 20 million minutes of gameplay. Microsoft said that in 18 days it has sold on average 111,111 units a day, with players spending over 83 million hours in front of its console.
This is good business, and naturally some vendors are at hand to comment on it. "Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong," said John Love, director of video games at Amazon.
"At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1,000 units per minute on Amazon.com." µ
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