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Xbox One passes 2 million mark, selling faster than Xbox 360

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Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Xbox One has passed two million in sales in just 18 days while also noting that the console is sold out at most major retailers.

The pace put the Xbox One ahead of the Xbox 360 at the same time period but just slightly behind the PS4. Sony announced last week that its next-gen console sold 2.1 million consoles in 15 days.

“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. 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,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox.

Microsoft notes that the console is sold out at major retailers but that it delivers consoles as fast as it can. There were a couple of instances last week where the Xbox One was briefly in stock at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.

Both the Xbox One and PS4 are expected to sell between 2.5 million and 3 million by the end of December.

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