Microsoft Reaches 5 Million Xbox One Console Shipments

Paul Lilly

Xbox One is selling well, though not as well as Sony's PlayStation 4

Microsoft let the world know that it's sold 5 million Xbox One consoles since launching back in November of last year. That's a strong start, expecially compared to the Xbox 360, the latter of which saw 60 percent fewer sales during the same time period when it launched many moons ago. However, Xbox One console shipments haven't been keeping up with Sony's PlayStation 4, which has notched 7 million unit sales to date.

The other thing worth noting is that Microsoft was careful with its wording, saying that 5 million Xbox One consoles have been " sold-in to retailers ." In other words, that breaks down to 5 million shipments -- it's not clear how many units have actually been sold to consumers.

Regardless, the Xbox One appears to be doing well, especially in the U.S. According to data from NPD Group, Microsoft sold 311,000 Xbox One consoles in the U.S. in the month of March. Software sales are averaging 2.9 games per console. And according to Microsoft, gamers are spending an average of five hours per day on the Xbox One, which collectively have added up to more than 1 billion hours spent in games and apps on the console.

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