The Xbox one was released this weekend, and just like the PlayStation 4 earlier this month, it was sold over a million times on the first day. The sales mainly consisted of pre-orders, but people that want to buy an Xbox this week or in the weeks to follow may find that all the shelves at the stores are empty, because most retailers in the 13 markets that the Xbox One was released in have sold out. People that wish to buy an Xbox for the holiday season may still be lucky, because and Xbox CVP has said that Microsoft is working hard to make more Xbox consoles for the season.
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world”, said Yusuf Mehdi, the CVP of marketing and strategy. “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 seasons.”
Unfortunately for Microsoft, the amazing first day of sales is not the only thing that the release of the new Xbox has in common with that of the PlayStation 4: just like Sony with the PS4, Microsoft received a few negative reviews in the first 24 hours of the launch. Almost a quarter of all the Xbox One reviews on Amazon were negative, and gave the console only one star. Many users report issues with the disc of the console, stating that they are unable to play games that are disc-based. Microsoft advices these users to contact costumer service.
However, a lot of reviews were positive, and by the look of it a lot of people are making full use of the Xbox one: Microsoft released a few interesting statistics on on the new console. Over 60 million zombies have already been slaughtered in the zombie-game Dead Rising 3 and Forza owners have driven over 3. million miles combined.
Those that are/were lucky enough to get their hands on the Xbox One pay $500 dollars for it, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4.