The next-generation console wars are stalemated so far.
Microsoft said Wednesday that it has sold more than 2 million Xbox One units in the system's first 18 days of availability. That comes roughly a week after Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4 units in the first 14 days.
That represents a total of $1.8 billion-plus in sales of console hardware in three and a half weeks.
"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."
While sellouts of the systems aren't surprising given the holiday shopping frenzy, that the companies have essentially matched each other's sales numbers is a bit unexpected.
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Several analysts had predicted that Sony would best Microsoft in the early days of this generation of console gaming systems. In October, International Data Corp. projected the PS4 outselling the Xbox One this holiday because of "a variety of factors, most notably the PS4's lower price point."
But Colin Sebastian, analyst at R.W. Baird, has consistently said the race would be a tight one.