Microsoft reports 3.9 million Xbox One shipments in 2013

In its quarterly earnings report today, Microsoft announced that it shipped 3.9 million units of the Xbox One to retailers worldwide from its launch in late November through the end of 2013.

It’s important to note that shipments to retailers aren’t the same as final sales to end consumers. Though those numbers usually track relatively closely (since retailers order new shipments to replenish stocks of systems they’ve actually sold), many of those 3.9 million shipments in 2013 might be sitting on retail shelves for a little while in 2014. Still, the new report gives a bit more context to Microsoft’s previous announcement that it had sold “over 3 million” Xbox One units through to consumers by the end of the year.

Sony, for its part, announced earlier in the month that it had sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 systems through to consumers by December 28 of last year, showing a slight advantage over Microsoft. With supply constraints becoming less of a factor for both companies following the end of the busy holiday season, we’ll soon see if either system is able to show a significant market advantage through sustained consumer demand in 2014.

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via Ars Technica


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