Xbox One sales exceed one million in first 24 hours

The Xbox One, which launched in 13 different markets last night at midnight, has already been snatched up by over one million people in its first 24 hours of availability. That's $500 million.

The Microsoft Sales Trumpet announced the news in a press release past the break, which confirms these are consoles sold directly to customers – not to retailers. This figure also surpasses day one Xbox 360 sales, marking a milestone for the Xbox division at Microsoft.

We've been quite busy with the Xbox One this week, as you can see on our Xbox One launch hub. We have an extensive review of the system, some streams we've posted dedicated to the games and plenty of news to pore over.
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Following a worldwide celebration, Xbox One launched in 13 markets yesterday to great fanfare. The team is excited to confirm the launch of Xbox One was the biggest launch in Xbox history, with more than one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft.

Xbox One is now sold out at most retailers. We are working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the unprecedented demand from our customers.

Gamers couldn't wait to play Xbox One and check out new games like "Forza Motorsport 5," "Dead Rising 3," and "Killer Instinct." In the last 24 hours:
· Over 60 million zombies have been killed in "Dead Rising 3"

· Over 3.6 million miles driven in "Forza Motorsport 5"

· Over 7.1 million combos in "Killer Instinct"

· Over 8.5 million enemies defeated in "Ryse: Son of Rome"

And, fans also found time for some exercise, with over 43.3 million Fit Points earned in Xbox Fitness.

"We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox. "Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season."

The launch of Xbox One unleashed a new era of games and entertainment. Xbox One brings the best games, live TV, Skype, sports, fitness, music and more to one system at the center of the living room, all available at the command of your voice. There are 22 game titles for Xbox One available today, including 10 exclusive titles.

For more on the Xbox One launch, check out the extensive coverage on Xbox Wire. For more information on Xbox One, go to Xbox.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.