Matching Sony's blockbuster launch of its PlayStation 4 last week, Microsoft has announced that it too has sold 1 million units of its next-gen console in the first 24 hours.
Microsoft ushered in its Xbox One yesterday evening with an extravagant New York event that involved Brooklyn Bridge-trekking zombies, sports cars, and Roman soldiers converging upon Best Buy Theatre in Times Square. It seems those "epic" measures have paid off, as the Xbox One launch has outpaced the Xbox 360's and the original Xbox's considerably.
While some select users of the Xbox One have experienced problems regarding faulty disc drives, that has not kept the majority of buyers from taking Friday to rack up some impressive hours on the game console. Microsoft said that 3.6 million miles have been driven in Forza Motorsport 5; 60 million zombies killed in Dead Rising 3; 7.1 million combos in fighting game Killer Instinct; and 8.5 million enemies defeated in Ryse: Son of Rome.
Sony too has been addressing issues with early PS4 units, saying that its console has a less than 1 percent failure rate which still leaves as many as 10,000 individuals with a faulty device.
Update at 6:21 p.m. PT: Adds clarification that Xbox One launched in 13 markets while PlayStation 4 launched in US and Canada only.