Microsoft has claimed that it sold more than 1 million Xbox One consoles after its release on November 22nd and that too in less than one day.
The console was released in 13 countries on sale. This sales figure is even more than the Xbox 360’s first day sales and is a record for Microsoft.
The Xbox One was released in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and US. Eight countries were dropped from the launch list due to some production issues.
Sony had also claimed on November 17th that the sales of the PlayStation 4 had surpassed the 1 million mark on the first day itself, which too was higher than its predecessor PlayStation 3 in 2006.
According to market research group NPD, both the companies are undoubtedly competing hard, but at the same both are also trying to revive the console market that shrank by 32 percent to $13.3 billion from 2008 to 2012. The Xbox One is priced at $499, while the PlayStation 4 is offered at $399.
It was also announced that Microsoft will be holding a contest in which you will have to design you own Xbox controller. You can get your hands on the template of the controller from Xbox.com.
You can submit at max three designs for the controller and later on a jury by Microsoft and the public will decide the fate of your designs. December 31st has been decided as the deadline to submit your designs.
The winner will be awarded a cash price of $1000 and nine other contestants with noteworthy designs will be awarded a cash price of $500. There will also be a people’s choice winner and he will be awarded a cash price of $750. However, only residents of USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand can participate.