Microsoft Sells 2 Million Xbox Ones in 18 Days

After selling a cool million Xbox Ones in the first 24 hours of their availability, Microsoft on Wednesday reported that it has now moved more than 2 million units since releasing its next-generation game console on Nov. 22.

Microsoft is averaging more than 111,111 units sold per day—a record-setting pace for the Xbox platform, according to the software giant. New Xbox One owners have logged a whopping 83 million hours on the system since its release, playing games, watching TV, and running apps, Redmond added.

Microsoft’s sales pace appears to be matching that of rival Sony and its PlayStation 4 $649.99 at eBay, which debuted a week before the Xbox One and also sold 2 million units 18 days after launch.

”We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. 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,” Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of strategy and marketing for the Xbox, said in a statement.

”Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers.  We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date,” Mehdi said.

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Microsoft’s retail partners offered testimonials for the high demand for the $499 entertainment system, which is priced $100 higher than the PS4, but includes the Kinect sensor.

Amazon said that at one point, its customers were ordering 1,000 Xbox Ones per minute on Amazon.com, while Walmart described the console as ”one of the hottest Christmas gifts this holiday season,” and GameStop said it was selling units as fast as they were being stocked.

The accolades and milestones keep piling up for the Xbox One—after 11 days on the market, gamers had already logged 50 million hours on the console. But that’s not to say that the launch of the Xbox One $499.99 at Amazon has been without its hiccups.

A few days after the console was released, Microsoft acknowledged that ”a very small number of Xbox One” systems shipped with faulty disc drives and that it was working with individual affected customers to get them working consoles.

Yesterday, Microsoft started rolling out a required Xbox One system update that addresses issues with SmartGlass, multi-player, inconsistent notifications, and dashboard performance. It should also improve Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services and install an updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users. More details are available on the Major Nelson blog.

Regardless, the Xbox One continues to fly off the shelves and Xbox Live gamers have so far unlocked 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and collectively racked up Gamerscores totaling 595 million, Redmond said.

Microsoft launched its new console with several rollicking street parties in cities around the world, including a midnight launch extravaganza in New York City’s Times Square.

For more, see our full reviews of the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, as well as the slideshow above.