Microsoft (MSFT): Xbox One Sells 5 Million Units

Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday said it has sold more than 5 million Xbox One units to retailers around the globe, according to an update from Yusuf Mehdi, head of the Xbox division’s marketing, strategy and business.

Citing NPD Data, the software giant, who hadn’t provided sales figures since early January, said it sold an estimated 311,000 Xbox One consoles in March.

Microsoft’s statement comes a day after rival Sony Corp. (SNE) said it sold more than seven million PlayStation 4 consoles since launching in November 2013, up from six million it had counted in March.

Despite Sony’s apparent lead over Microsoft, Mehdi emphasized the positive comparison with Xbox One’s prior system, saying “The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time.”

According to an tweet from Sony’s PS Twitter (TWTR) account, the PS4, which launched a week before Msoft’s Xbox One, was March’s top-selling console during March in the U.S.

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