Xbox One: Sold more than 3 million in 2013, Microsoft says. Photo: AFP
Gamers purchased more than 3 million Xbox One consoles in 2013, following the November 22 debut of the device, Microsoft says.
Microsoft announced the tally, which is for sales in 13 countries including Australia and the US, on its Xbox news website. The company is trying to keep pace with Sony's PlayStation 4, which went on sale one week later on November 29.
The companies were neck and neck in early December, with each selling more than 2 million units in their first 18 days. The $599 Xbox One and the $549 PlayStation 4 have more powerful graphics and entertainment functions than older models. To distinguish its machine, Microsoft has touted its motion-sensing camera, the ability to control live TV and exclusive games such as Ryse: Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3.
"Sony's PS4 clearly bounced back from our mixed early-2013 supply chain checks, and appears to have a slight momentum edge among core gamers," said Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. "However, we view the console battle as too close to call, with both platforms selling well over the holidays."
Sony has not yet disclosed year-end figures for the PlayStation 4, though it may this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Sony spokesman Dan Race didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.