The highly anticipated new Microsoft Xbox One sold more than one million units of its Xbox One video game console in less than 24 hours on its debut day. The $499 device launched in 13 markets around the world and sold out at most retailers.
The device features an upgraded Kinect sensor, which allows users to control the Xbox by using their voice. Users can also plug the console directly into their cable or satellite box to take control of their televisions. For many gamers, the excitement of being able to play games ad watch TV on the same screen was a win-win, making the decision to purchase the XBox One over the PS4 a no-brainer.
Microsoft’s Xbox One released a week to the day after rival Sony introduced its PlayStation 4. Consumers across the country lined up to snag an Xbox One, available in limited quantities at retailers including Best Buy and Target. Like the PS4, the Xbox One is expected to be in short supply until after the Christmas holiday. The consoles are not available to purchase on the websites of Amazon, Best Buy and Target.
Many purchasers are buying more than one console and putting them on sale or up for bidding on eBay in hopes of making a profit off the limited supply gaming systems.
Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy, of Xbox released the following statement:
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world. Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”
The launch of Xbox One unleashed a new era of games and entertainment. Xbox One brings the best games, live TV, Skype, sports, fitness, music and more to one system at the center of the living room, all available at the command of your voice. There are 22 game titles for Xbox One currently available, including 10 exclusive titles.