xboxoneMicrosoft has sold more than 2 million Xbox One consoles since the launch of the new machine 18 days ago, the company said this morning.

The announcement effectively brings Microsoft on par with Sony, which last week said it had sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide. The new Sony console was launched a week before the debut of the Xbox One.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, in a statement. 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.”

New consoles often sell out in their initial days on the market, as companies are ramping up production and demand often outstrips supply. Because of that, these early numbers don’t mean a whole lot for the long-term competition between Sony and Microsoft, except to confirm that initial demand for both new consoles is strong.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline


  • Simon

    But in that last week Sony sold another million, so Microsoft is behind again, and always will be.

    • Ryan Parrish

      Seems a little pre-mature to claim victory for Sony less than a month after launch. It appears to matter little since both consoles are selling well and will likely coexist for years to come, just like PS3 and Xbox 360.

      • Simon

        A year later and really? PS4 is outselling the Xbox one at a ratio averaging 2 to 1, and recently it is up to nearly 2.5 to 1. Hmmmm

  • AstroKev

    i tried buying one on msft’s site back in November with the error, “There’s a temporary problem with the service …” Never could get one on Amazon at the retail price. Microsoft doesn’t seem to have them anymore. Actually most of the obvious online places don’t seem to have any stock at all. Even some friends who work at Microsoft couldn’t get one from the employee store. Anyway, point being, they might have been able to sell more if they were actually purchasable.

  • Jason Farris

    Congratulations Microsoft. Fantastic console.

Job Listings on GeekWork