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Microsoft's Xbox One fails to match the PS4 with five million sales

Sony shifts an additional two million consoles
Tue Apr 22 2014, 15:03
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MICROSOFT HAS REVEALED that it has sold five million Xbox One games consoles to retailers to date.

Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of marketing, strategy and business for Xbox, announced the sales in a Microsoft blog post that also disclosed how well Xbox exclusive title Titanfall is selling.

"Today, we congratulate our friends at Respawn Entertainment, and Electronic Arts, as 'Titanfall' for Xbox One was named the number one selling game in March, according to NPD Group figures released today," he wrote.

"We're also happy to share today that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been sold-in to retailers since our launch."

Sold-in to retailers is not the same as actual high street sales of course, but Mehdi said that the Xbox One games console has bested the Xbox 360 in early sales.

"The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming," he added.

Those people that have invested are spending as much as five hours a day on their Xbox One console, and have collectively spend more than "one billion hours... in games and apps".

Permanently popular self-broadcast network Twitch continues to attract punter time, and Mehdi reckoned that its first week of availability on the Xbox One console broke usage records.

Sony, of course, got Twitch first, and made the most of its period of exclusivity and reckoned to have taken 20 percent of daily traffic on the network at the start of this year. Sony has also announced higher PS4 sales than Microsoft has Xbox One sales, and in March revealed PS4 sales of seven million. µ

 

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