Xbox One sales numbers have been updated today in an official release from Microsoft. Across 18 days Microsoft has sold over two million Xbox One consoles. Two million! That's one million in the first 24-hours and then another million in the 17 day since. Note that these numbers come from sales in thirteen different regions, as Microsoft did a same-day release in all currently available territories.
For comparison's sake the PlayStation 4 sold strikingly similar numbers, about 2.1 million in 18 or 19 days. That means that in the first three weeks of each console being released over four million new consoles were sold between the two. Console wars aside, that's an insane, record-breaking number that should have gamers rolling on the floor in anticipation of what's in store this generation.
Continuing the comparison, PlayStation 4 sold its initial 24-hour million solely in the United States, while Microsoft sold its million in 13 territories. While Sony has begun selling PlayStation 4s in more territories it still hasn't matched Microsoft's 13 regions. However, both manufacturers insist their consoles are selling out where ever they're available and there's no reason not to believe them. That means, at a base level, that both are putting out consoles at about the same rate and both are unable to meet current demand.
It's outstanding news for the manufacturers, for game developers and for players to heart that Microsoft's Xbox One hit the 2 million sales mark as quickly as Sony has. Both consoles, despite relatively wishy-washy launch line-ups, seem to be outstanding pieces of hardware. The longer this parity goes, the better in the long-term. Congratulations, Microsoft! That's a hell of an achievement.