What console war? Microsoft sells 1M Xbox Ones in first 24 hours

That was quick. Following Sony's successful PlayStation 4 launch last week, Microsoft has announced that it too has sold 1 million units in its first day.

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Matching Sony's blockbuster launch of its PlayStation 4 last week , Microsoft has announced that it too has sold 1 million units of its next-gen console in the first 24 hours.

The PS4 managed to sell one million units in the US and Canada alone when it launched on November 15, while the Xbox One launched in 13 markets at the higher price point of $499.99.

Microsoft ushered in its Xbox One yesterday evening with an extravagant New York event that involved Brooklyn Bridge-trekking zombies, sports cars, and Roman soldiers converging upon Best Buy Theatre in Times Square. It seems those "epic" measures have paid off, as the Xbox One launch has outpaced the Xbox 360's and the original Xbox's considerably.

While some select users of the Xbox One have experienced problems regarding faulty disc drives , that has not kept the majority of buyers from taking Friday to rack up some impressive hours on the game console. Microsoft said that 3.6 million miles have been driven in Forza Motorsport 5; 60 million zombies killed in Dead Rising 3; 7.1 million combos in fighting game Killer Instinct; and 8.5 million enemies defeated in Ryse: Son of Rome.

Sony too has been addressing issues with early PS4 units, saying that its console has a less than 1 percent failure rate which still leaves as many as 10,000 individuals with a faulty device.

Update at 6:21 p.m. PT: Adds clarification that Xbox One launched in 13 markets while PlayStation 4 launched in US and Canada only.

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Nick Statt is a staff reporter for CNET News covering Microsoft, gaming, and technology you sometimes wear. He previously wrote for ReadWrite, was a news associate at the social-news app Flipboard, and his work has appeared in Popular Science and Newsweek. When not complaining about Bay Area bagel quality, he can be found spending a questionable amount of time contemplating his relationship with video games.


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