Microsoft is still remaining quiet on Xbox One sales, however, numbers released from NPD show the Xbox One winning the first sales round in Australia. In fact Microsoft’s Xbox One has been crowned the fastest-selling video game console to date in Australia, as its key rival, Sony, struggled to fulfil pre-orders for the PlayStation 4.
Market research firm NPD Group said a total of 65,917 Xbox One consoles were sold in its first three days on sale in Australia, more than doubling the previous launch record for the Nintendo Wii in 2006, and beating out previous records for number of consoles sold in a week.
Australia was among the 13 launch countries for the Xbox One. Sony launched the PS4 a week after the Xbox One’s availability in Australia. The Japanese entertainment giant said 700,000 units had been sold in Europe and Australia. The company would not break out local sales, but industry sources told The Australian Financial Review Australian sales of Sony’s device fell short of Microsoft’s across the same period a week earlier, primarily due to the company being unable to ship enough consoles to meet the number of pre-orders at bricks-and-mortar retailers.
Source: Australian Financial Review