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Xbox One sells three million units in 2013, doubles Xbox 360 launch

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The Xbox One rang in the new year with 3 million consoles in the hands of gamers. (Microsoft)

Microsoft touted Xbox One sales figures Monday for the period from when the console launched on Nov. 22 through the end of 2013.

"Thanks to you, 2013 was an incredible year for gamers, entertainment fans, our industry and Xbox," Xbox Vice President Yusef Medhi wrote in a post on the Xbox News Wire. "With Xbox One we saw the most epic launch for Xbox by all measures. We are humbled and grateful for your loyalty and delighted by the millions of hours of gameplay and entertainment enjoyed on Xbox."

"Together, we ushered in a new era of games and entertainment with Xbox One. Over 3 million Xbox One consoles were sold to consumers in 13 countries before the end of 2013," he continued. "It’s been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November. Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide. We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible."

The 3 million Xbox One units sold is double the 1.5 million that the Xbox 360 sold when it launched on the same day in 2005.

Sony has not officially announced its end of 2013 sales numbers for the PS4 yet but it did announce early in December that it sold 2.1 million worldwide since its launch on Nov. 15. Expect its final sale numbers to be just ahead of the Xbox One.

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