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Microsoft: More than 3 million Xbox One systems sold in 2013

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Despite a rough, flip-flopping start, the Xbox One ended 2013 on a high note.

Microsoft announced on Monday that more than 3 million Xbox One systems were sold to consumers between its November 22 launch and the end of 2013.

“Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP of Marketing, Strategy and Business for Microsoft’s Xbox division. “We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible.”

The last word from Microsoft put Xbox One sales at 2 million through its first 18 days, meaning an additional 1 million consoles were moved in the 22 days following. That's a significantly slower pace, but considering those sales came without the benefit of launch day buzz or Black Friday mania, they're still pretty solid.

Sony has yet to respond with updated sales of its PlayStation 4, which at last count moved 2 million units in just 15 days.

Nintendo’s Wii U, meanwhile, may be on the comeback trail thanks to an uptick in December sales in Japan. It still has a long way to go in North America, however, where it’s struggling to find a foothold in the face of the new systems.

Microsoft hopes to capitalize on its brisk Xbox One sales by leveraging its most potent face in 2014: that of Halo’s Master Chief. Though little is known about the next game in the franchise, Microsoft PR Director Rob Semsey stirred the pot Monday by confirming the still-untitled game’s release this year:

So Halo for the holidays, then? Sounds good! Ball's in your court, Sony. How about a new Uncharted this year?

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