Microsoft sold over two million Xbox One consoles in just 18 days, the company has revealed.
As the console’s first post-launch system update arrives, it’s sold out in most major retailers, Microsoft said in an Xbox Wire post.
The Xbox One has so far averaged 111,111 units sold per day, which Microsoft says is a new record for Xbox consoles. At one point Amazon was reportedly receiving 1,000 Xbox One orders a minute.
Xbox One users have spent over 83 million hours in games, TV and apps in that time.
That’s a lot of hours
Gamers have engaged in over a million paid game and video transactions on Xbox Live, said Xbox’s Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing Yusuf Mehdi.
And they’ve unlocked 39 million Xbox One achievements, accruing 595 million total Gamerscore points.
Walmart and GameStop execs also chimed in on this announcement to say that the new Xbox console is selling well as the holidays approach, particularly on Black Friday, and that they’re looking forward to getting more units in stock.
Xbox One system update
Microsoft’s Director of Programming for Xbox Live Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has also detailed the Xbox One’s first major system update since launch.
The Xbox One system update address the following issues, according to Major Nelson’s blog:
- Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
- Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
- Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
- Addresses dashboard performance for some users
- Offers improvements for Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
- Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users
Because of the Xbox One’s "instant on" mode that puts the console into a low power state when it’s turned off (allowing users to turn it on with voice commands), many units will automatically download the update.
Once the update is downloaded Xbox One users will need to manually turn their consoles on without using voice commands, at which point the update will be installed.
Xbox One owners with "instant on" turned off will be forced to install the update manually after December 12.
"We’ve got quite a few updates planned for the next year based on the community feedback we’ve been seeing, and I’ll have details on those in the future," Hryb said.
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