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Microsoft has had the biggest launch ever after releasing the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, bosses claim.
Writing on Twitter, Xbox's Phil Spencer said that 'more Xbox consoles had been sold, in more countries, than ever before'.
Thank you for supporting the largest launch in Xbox history. In 24 hrs more new consoles sold, in more countries, than ever before. We're working with retail to resupply as quickly as possible. You continue to show us the connective power of play is more important than ever.- Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 12, 2020
Although we don't have any actual figures to back it up, the consoles have sold out in many places.
The new consoles launched in 37 markets on 10 November - a stark contrast to the 13 countries that were the first to get the Xbox One when it was released.
I wouldn't hold your breath for any exact figures either.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Spencer said: "I can promise you that I won't [start sharing console sales numbers].
"In the last year we've had Google and Amazon and now Facebook announcing they're coming into our gaming space. I'm not gonna go compete with their numbers based on how many Xbox Series X I've sold.
"[Google] is never gonna talk about how many Chromecast Pros they sold. They're gonna talk about how many players they have."
And don't even start with any Xbox v PlayStation rivalry - the two gaming giants don't get involved in anything of the sort.
Spencer continued: "I think the people who want to pit us against Sony based on who sold the most consoles lose the context of what gaming is about today.
"There are 3 billion people who play games on the planet today, but maybe [only] 200 million households that have a video game console. In a way, the console space is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the overall gaming pie."
Alongside the launches of the two new Xbox consoles, the PlayStation 5 has also been released in some countries this week. It launched in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand or South Korea on 12 November - in the UK and elsewhere we'll have to wait until 19 November.
But although they're rivals in the gaming world, each of the gaming giants sent tweets of solidarity to each other - proving that Twitter isn't just there to troll your competitors (ahem, unnamed world leaders).
Today, Xbox sent two friendly messages to congratulate PlayStation. The first one quote-tweeted a message from 2013, where Xbox had said: "Congratulations on your launch, Sony."
Generation after generation, it's a pleasure to game alongside you. Happy launch day @PlayStation https://t.co/715L30KiwL
- Xbox (@Xbox) November 12, 2020
The new message read: "Generation after generation, it's a pleasure to game alongside you. Happy launch day @PlayStation."
Underneath, Spencer added a message.
It read: "Congrats to Jim Ryan, @yosp, @cerny, @hermenhulst, @igTedPrice and the entire team at Sony @PlayStation on the PS5 launch. Great accomplishment during these challenging times."
Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, then replied to the tweet, saying: "Thanks Phil. What a great week for gamers around the world.
"We hope both our consoles and all our games bring joy to people during these challenging times."
Well, how thoroughly wholesome.