As we've said before, it doesn't appear that Microsoft's $499 price point for its Xbox One
console (with bundled Kinect sensor) is a problem for gamers eager to play the next generation of games. Fears over price started to fall by the wayside after Microsoft sold more than 1 million Xbox One units
in less than 24 hours, and concerns should be put fully to rest after having now sold an additional million units since then.
That equates to over 2 million units sold since launching 18 days ago, or about 111,111 units per day. According to Microsoft, that's a record setting pace for Xbox sales, price be damned.
"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. We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox.
The Xbox One is throwing down some obscene figures. For example, there have been over 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and 595 million total Gamerscore achieved since launch. As far as sales go, at peak demand, Amazon was selling over 1,000 Xbox One consoles per minute.
It's still a tight race between the Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 console, the latter of which released to retail a week earlier than the former and sells for $100 less. Sony last week said it sold more than 2.1 million PS4 consoles
to date; both are on pace to exceed 3 million units by the end of the year.