Microsoft announced this morning the Xbox One surpassed the 2 million mark for global sales, 18 days after the console launched in 13 markets on November 22. The figure is stipulated as "sell-through," so it represents sales to customers rather than shipments.

"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans," Xbox Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement. "We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We're also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date."

For all the numbers Microsoft is trotting out, including 39 million achievements and 595 million GamerScore points notched to date, more significant is that the Xbox One is close to the coattails of the PS4. Sony's console hit the 2 million milestone - 2.1 million to be specific - last week, but is out in significantly more European markets than the Xbox One.
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Xbox One Sells More Than 2 Million Units in the First 18 days; Sold Out at Most Major Retailers

Since its launch 18 days ago, Xbox One is proving to be the must-have gift this Christmas with more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day – a record-setting pace for Xbox. Millions of fans around the world who have purchased Xbox One have shown incredible engagement with the all-in-one games and entertainment system, spending over 83 million hours in games, TV, and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22.

"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We're also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions* on Xbox Live to date," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox. Xbox One is also proving to be the most popular online multiplayer community for gamers with over 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and 595 million total Gamerscore achieved.

"Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong," said John Love, director of video games at Amazon. "At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1,000 units per minute on Amazon.com."

"The Xbox One entertainment system is one of our hottest selling products this holiday season," said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising at GameStop. "GameStop is experiencing high demand from our customers for this innovative console and we are working closely with Microsoft to receive more units to fulfil our customers' holiday shopping lists."

The Xbox team is continuing to work hard to meet consumer demand, delivering consoles to retailers as fast as possible this Christmas. To help people find Xbox One, Major Nelson recently shared some tips for consumers this holiday season.

Xbox One brings the best games, live TV, Skype, sports, fitness, music and more to one system at the centre of the living room, all available at the command of your voice. With 22 hotly anticipated games, including 10 exclusive titles, and entertainment apps, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and many more – Xbox One fans have the best entertainment and games available on one console this holiday season.

* includes both digital games and video purchases

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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