Microsoft: Initial Xbox One Sales Exceed 1 Million

According to Bloomberg,

Sony Corp. (6758) said on Nov. 17 that it sold more than 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in North America in the first day of release, topping initial sales for the predecessor PlayStation 3 in 2006. The PS4 goes on sale Nov. 29 in 30 countries in Europe and Latin America, followed by Japan on Feb. 22.

Microsoft Says Xbox One Sales Top 1 Million in Less Than a Day (Bloomberg)

Microsoft Says Xbox One Sales Top 1 Million in Less Than a Day (Bloomberg)

The two companies are competing for the attention of gamers and trying to revive a console market that shrank 32 percent to $13.3 billion from 2008 to 2012, according to market researcher NPD Group. Both are offering machines with upgraded graphics and more entertainment tie-ins. The Xbox One sells for $499, while the PlayStation 4 is offered for $399.

Microsoft, which has been pitching the Xbox One’s motion-sensing Kinect camera as a controller for all forms of living room entertainment, has focused its message on applications and exclusive content, including the games “Ryse: Son of Rome” and “Dead Rising 3,” and an upcoming live-action TV show from Steven Spielberg.

Microsoft rose 0.5 percent to $37.57 yesterday in New York and has gained 41 percent this year. Sony’s American depositary receipts fell 1.9 percent to $18.30.

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