Microsoft’s Xbox Head Is in to Win the Gaming War

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has broken its silence regarding how well the Xbox One is doing in terms of numbers. To date, it has shipped more than 5 million units in the months since its November release. That’s how many consoles it has sent to retailers — it hasn’t released sales numbers to consumers. Still, that’s a solid performance for a game console, and as Microsoft has noted, it’s the fastest selling Xbox ever. In fact, the only game systems ever to sell faster are the Nintendo Wii and Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4.

For its part, Sony has been very vocal about how many PS4s it has sold, probably because it’s trouncing Microsoft — at least so far. The last tally puts them at 7 million units sold to customers, which plants it firmly in first place when it comes to the current console war.

Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, has now chimed in on Twitter, saying in a conversation with a fan that he is “in to win,” and acknowledging that Microsoft “need[s] to do more, that’s 100 percent of my focus.”

The Xbox One may be trailing the PlayStation 4 in terms of console sales, but this console generation is still very young. Only a tiny number of major “system-selling” games have shipped for each console, and even most of those are also available on the previous generation consoles, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s also worth noting that the Xbox One costs $100 more than the PlayStation 4.

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