Microsoft sent out some Xbox One PR today to various outlets, you may have seen the numbers. Over 1 million Xbox One (our review) consoles sold within 24 hours! That's pretty good, and far better than the Xbox 360 sold on its opening day, marking a new record for Microsoft.
But let's make sure to put the numbers in perspective.
Microsoft has released pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect motion and voice sensing controller. Arriving before Christmas and packaged with a game, Microsoft is going aggressive with its controllerless push. News also of a new 4GB Xbox 360 Arcade model hitting the market.
Reversing the sales trend that came in for December, PlayStation 4 has beat out Xbox One sales by almost a two to one margin. It’s good news for the hardware side, but video game sales show a sharp drop from last year’s numbers.
As far as sales of video games, the numbers are a bit bleaker.
Interview: iTWire sat down with Frazer Scott Acting Marketing Director for Xbox in Australia and asked him to elaborate on the new Xbox 360 slim as well as the no-controller Kinect system and what this new hardware will mean for Australians.
Wait a minute, how can this be? The industry slumps yet all players say they had a great year. Obviously you can do anything with numbers. Sony reports strongest platform results for the Australian video-game industry.
A fair few people have been fiddling with the Kinect since it was launched, finding ways of putting it to work with hardware other than the Xbox 360. Microsoft is now preparing to release an official Kinect for Windows SDK.
It looks like Microsoft's 32-month reign as the number one console in the U.S. has come to an end thanks to a little help from GTA V. Bundled consoles helped Sony finally outsell the Xbox 360, breaking an almost 3 year winning streak.
Interestingly, on the hardware side, Sony's PS3 finally managed to break Microsoft's long-running Xbox 360 streak.