It's a dead heat between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Microsoft says sales of its next-generation console have topped 2 million in 18 days. That's roughly on par with the PlayStation 4, which sold 2.1 million units in 15 days.
"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox. "We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers."
The strong sales are a coup for Microsoft, who was considered something of an underdog after the console’s bungled reveal around the E3 expo. The Xbox One costs $100 more than the PS4, and the walkup to the system's launch saw Microsoft scrambling to make major changes in reaction to consumer complaints.
Digital sales are also doing well. Microsoft says to date there have been more than 1 million paid transactions -- including both game and video purchases – over the Xbox One’s Xbox Live service.
Other fun stats? Gamers have unlocked over 39 million Xbox One achievements so far, bringing the community's total Gamerscore to 595 million.
The PS4 and Xbox One might be neck and neck when it comes to retail sales, but in the resale market, it looks like the edge goes to Sony. Colin Sebastian of R.W. Baird notes that a check on eBay shows 25,000 Xbox One and 50,000 PS4 sales to-date.
However, he notes, the difference could come from pent up demand in Europe and Australia, which weren't included in the initial launch wave. Microsoft is also reportedly pushing back the release of its console in several regions already hit with delays, including Nordic countries Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
Sebastian says he expects both the Xbox One and PS4 to sell roughly 3 million units this year, with sales coming in between 5-6 million by the end of March 2014.
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