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Xbox One sells more than 1M units worldwide on launch day

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Calling it the "biggest launch in Xbox history," Microsoft announced today that its Xbox One sold through more than one million consoles to consumers worldwide in less than 24 hours.

The next-gen console launched in 13 markets today, debuting in North America, Australia and parts of Europe and South America.

"We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy at Xbox, in a statement. "Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season."

Microsoft says Xbox One is currently "sold out at most retailers" and that it's working to replenish stock of the console as fast as possible.

Sony Computer Entertainment announced a similar sales milestone when the PlayStation 4 launched in North America on Nov. 15.

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