Xbox One

Xbox OneStop me if you’ve heard this one: Starting Thursday night, a major tech company sold more than one million units of its next-gen gaming console, and since then has had to contend with scattered user reports of hardware defects. It was true of Sony last week with the PlayStation 4, and now it’s true of Microsoft this week with its rival Xbox One. In an email, a Microsoft spokesperson called the one-million-plus debut the “biggest launch in Xbox history.” It’s worth pointing out, though, that the PS4 debuted in just two countries last week — the United States and Canada — while the Xbox One launched simultaneously in 13 markets: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. The sales announcement did not break down which countries drove the most sales.

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