Xbox One hits 1m-unit milestone in 24 hours
Equals rival PS4’s day-one sales
Day-one sales of Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox One game console topped 1m units, according to online media.
The new entertainment system launched on Friday in 13 markets and approximately equaled the performance of its rival, Sony’s PS4, a week earlier. However, the PS4, which also sold 1m units in 24 hours, was only launched in the US and Canada.
With both consoles offering wider feature sets that include broad ecosystems of media streaming and casual gaming as well as the traditional gaming experiences, both vendors have show intent to go after larger markets and appeal to the whole family.
Both companies have overhauled the architecture of their products for the current iterations. The Xbox One runs three operating systems: the traditional one for games; a lightweight version of Windows 8 for non-gaming apps; and a control kernel, which optimises hardware performance and switches between the other two platforms.
The Xbox One is selling for $499 in the US, with the rival PS4 priced at $399. Initial pricing from online retailers in the UAE, lists a price for the Xbox One, with the Kinect system and a game, of $897, whereas the PS4 costs $789 for the standard edition with no games.