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Microsoft Says Xbox One Sales Topped 3 Million Units in 2013

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 06:57 PM

Microsoft Corp., vying with Sony Corp. for the lead in a new generation of game consoles, said consumers purchased more than 3 million Xbox One players in 2013, following the Nov. 22 debut of the device in 13 countries.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, announced the tally Monday on its Xbox news website. The company is trying to keep pace with Sony’s PlayStation 4, which went on sale a week earlier in North America.

The companies were neck and neck in early December, with each selling more than 2 million units in their first 18 days. The $499 Xbox One and the $399 PlayStation 4 have more powerful graphics and entertainment functions than older models. To distinguish its machine, Microsoft has touted its motion-sensing camera, the ability to control live TV and exclusive games like “Ryse: Son of Rome” and “Dead Rising 3.”

“Sony’s PS4 clearly bounced back from our mixed early-2013 supply chain checks, and appears to have a slight momentum edge among core gamers,” Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., said today in a note. “However, we view the console battle as too close to call, with both platforms selling well over the holidays.”

Dan Race, a spokesman for Sony, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment.

Microsoft fell 2.1 percent to $36.13 at the close in New York. The stock gained 40 percent last year. Sony American depositary receipts advanced 0.7 percent to $17.30 after rising 54 percent last year.

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Microsoft Corp., vying with Sony Corp. for the lead in a new generation of game consoles, said consumers purchased more than 3 million Xbox One players in 2013, following the Nov. 22 debut of the device in 13 countries.
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