Some expected the demand for next generation consoles to be weak. They were wrong. Microsoft has just announced that over 3 million Xbox One consoles were sold before the end of 2013, making it one of the fastest selling consoles in history.
In a blog post, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xbox, thanked those who bought the new console.
"It’s been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox," he wrote, "and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November."
We're yet to hear precise numbers for the PlayStation 4, but it's clear that Microsoft has done a far better job of matching supply to demand during the launch period. In Australia in particular, Sony appears to be having difficulty dealing with the numbers. Most estimates state you won't be able to walk into a store and buy a PlayStation 4 (without a pre-order) until February. There are delays with shipments of the Xbox One, but not quite so extreme.
Mehdi also took the time to tout the Xbox One's 2014 game line-up.
"We’re excited for the year ahead and will be working hard to bring Xbox One to more fans and more markets around the globe. 2014 will be a promising year with many more great games on the way for Xbox One including “Titanfall,” “Watch_Dogs,” “Project Spark,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” “Destiny,” “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare,” and “The Elder Scrolls Online,” among others. More games, more features, more content, more fun – all coming your way this year."
2014 might just end up being a fairly decent year for console gaming!