Updated: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:45:00 GMT | By Reuters

Microsoft sells over a million Xbox Ones in under 24 hours

Software giant sets record for first-day Xbox sales; new console sold out at most retailers


Microsoft sells over a million Xbox Ones in under 24 hours (© Reuters)

San Francisco: Microsoft Corp sold over 1 million of its new Xbox One game consoles within 24 hours of their hitting store shelves. The new console, which launched in 13 countries, set a record for first-day Xbox sales and is currently sold out at most retailers, Microsoft said in a statement.

The software giant hopes the Xbox One not only entices gamers but attracts a broader consumer base of TV fans and music lovers with its interactive entertainment features and media apps.

"We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy at Xbox. Robert W. Baird & Co analyst Colin Sebastian has said he expects shipments of 2.5 million to 3 million units for both the Xbox One and PS4 in the fourth quarter.

The Xbox One, with a price tag of $499, offers improved graphics for realistic effects, processors that allow faster game play and a slew of exclusive video games.

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