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Microsoft: More than 3 million Xbox Ones sold in 2013

7:46 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
Microsoft's Xbox One home entertainment console. (image: Microsoft)
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Microsoft confirmed more than 3 million Xbox One video game consoles were sold during the final two months of 2013.

The company revealed the latest sales figures in a "thank you" post published Monday. The sales total is based on sales in 13 countries where the Xbox One was launched on November 22.

"Demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide," says Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi in a statement. "We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible."

The Xbox One launched one week after the rival PlayStation 4, which Sony confirmed topped 2.1 million in sales as of last month. Sony will likely reveal updated sales figures during its press event tonight at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The two consoles represent different approaches by Microsoft and Sony in attracting consumers. While the PS4 appears more tailored to video game players with a revamped controller and the ability to stream gameplay through video service Twitch, the Xbox One is more of an all-in-one entertainment device that can connect to a user's cable box and allow them to change channels or perform other tasks with simple vocal commands.

- by Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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