Microsoft Corp., vying with Sony Corp. for the lead in a new generation of game consoles, said consumers purchased more than 3 million Xbox One players in 2013, following the Nov. 22 debut of the device in 13 countries.
Microsoft Corp. said sales of the new Xbox One video-game console reached more than 2 million in its first 18 days on the market, as the company vies to keep pace with Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 during the holiday season.
Sony Corp., poised to release the PlayStation 4 game console this week, is confident it can meet analysts’ sales estimates of 3 million units by year-end, exploiting an early advantage over Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One.
EBay Inc., operator of the world’s largest online marketplace, fell the most in more than four months after Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird, said growth slowed in February as consumers curbed spending.
GameStop Corp., the largest specialty retailer of video games, said its initial allocation of PlayStation 4 consoles sold out and that 2.3 million customers are waiting for new players from Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp.