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Xbox One Most Successful Console Launch in Australia

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Microsoft celebrates as Xbox One claims crown for console launches in Australia.

Microsoft launched the newest generation of its Xbox console last month, and it looks like things are going pretty well down under. IGN cites NPD numbers in reporting that the Australian Xbox One launch is the most successful console debut in Australian history. Microsoft sold a total of 65,917 Xbox One consoles in the first three days of availability, eclipsing the previous record held by the Wii (32,900).

"We attribute a key part of our success to listening to the Australian community," said Jeremy Hinton of Microsoft Australia. "This led to the inclusion of the Bathurst track in Forza Motorsport 5, entering the Xbox One Racing Team as a wildcard in the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, through to the launch of local entertainment apps Network Ten's TenPLAY, SBS On Demand, Quickflix and local music, TV and movies within our Xbox apps, right through to TV and voice control support from day one."

The Xbox One launched in North America, parts of Europe, Australia and Brazil on November 22 (it will hit Japan and the rest of Europe in 2014). Just three days later, Microsoft announced that it had sold one million consoles in less than 24 hours. 

"We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox, at the time.

The Xbox One features an octo-core x86 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB of storage and a Blu-ray/DVD drive. It also comes with Microsoft's brand new Kinect 2 sensor as well as a redesigned Xbox controller.

Check out what we thought of the Xbox One in our review here.

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    deftonian , December 10, 2013 3:37 PM
    65k, that's cute.
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    vaughn2k , December 10, 2013 3:52 PM
    I envy you... release on our country (in the Philippines) is yet to be announced... maybe 2014? :( 
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    Teeroy32 , December 10, 2013 3:55 PM
    Well there is only like 25 million of us unlike the US with like 300 million, so percentages its pretty damn good. I will be getting one, probably next year after a year or so when a lot more exclusives come out like Titan Fall and hopefully a new Halo, I'm quite content to play on my PC at the mo.
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    monsta , December 10, 2013 4:07 PM
    The PS4 sold out here in a flash, The xboxone is still available, no word on how many PS4 units sold in Australia.
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    mortsmi7 , December 10, 2013 5:02 PM
    It has an octopus brain. O.o
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    descalada , December 10, 2013 5:04 PM
    @ monsta: The PS4 sold out in a flash because they only sent out 20,000 units...

    I'm betting that the Xbox One will outsell PS4 this year in total numbers because they developed a much stronger channel than Sony. They're better able to meet consumer demand, and it will give them another leg up when others see the #'s they're posting compared to Sony. We'll see who wins in the end, but in any case I'm glad there's competition in this market. It makes both offerings better in the long-run.
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    Jgriff , December 10, 2013 5:08 PM
    @teroy32 Titan fall isn't a xbox exclusive, it'll be coming to pc also...as well as the majority of their "exclusives" most likely just like last gen. Better off getting a ps4 if you have a gaming rig.
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    JD88 , December 10, 2013 5:10 PM
    This is pretty rich considering Microsoft still refuses to release US sales figures like Sony has already done for the PS4. One estimate suggests the PS4 is outselling the Xbone by 66% or more.


    http://gamerant.com/ps4-xbox-one-november-sales-pachter-predicts/
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    FloKid , December 10, 2013 5:29 PM
    More like a fling than a launch.
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    StormOfRazors , December 10, 2013 6:15 PM
    A primary reason Xbox is doing so well here in Aus is that the PS4 is sold out and unavailable until 2014 due to limited supply for our region. Because of this, those wanting to get a next gen haven't got much choice but to wait or get the Xbox, and with Christmas around the corner I'm not surprised.

    Its kind of like winning by default Microsoft, not really an achievement... I will be happy when you announce controller for PC support though...
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    jimmysmitty , December 10, 2013 6:46 PM
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    @ monsta: The PS4 sold out in a flash because they only sent out 20,000 units...

    I'm betting that the Xbox One will outsell PS4 this year in total numbers because they developed a much stronger channel than Sony. They're better able to meet consumer demand, and it will give them another leg up when others see the #'s they're posting compared to Sony. We'll see who wins in the end, but in any case I'm glad there's competition in this market. It makes both offerings better in the long-run.


    I am also willing to bet the other reason is due to supply of the APUs as well. Due to a larger SPU core count, the PS4s APU will have lower yields per wafer since the SRAM on the XB1 is less complicated than a APU GPU is.

    Of course we will never know unless AMD releases some official numbers.

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    @teroy32 Titan fall isn't a xbox exclusive, it'll be coming to pc also...as well as the majority of their "exclusives" most likely just like last gen. Better off getting a ps4 if you have a gaming rig.


    If you have a gaming rig, why get a PS4 which is geared towards gaming? Why wouldn't you get a XB1 that is geared towards AiO media entertainment with a superior voice command and tracking system?

    I myself wont buy one. If I win one in some contest, sure why not. But I wont shell out $400-$500 for inferior gaming technology when I could spend that on a GPU that will blow it away (R9-290)

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    This is pretty rich considering Microsoft still refuses to release US sales figures like Sony has already done for the PS4. One estimate suggests the PS4 is outselling the Xbone by 66% or more.


    http://gamerant.com/ps4-xbox-one-november-sales-pachter-predicts/


    The PS4 did have a week advantage on the XB1 plus we wont know until we get official numbers.

    Honestly that's not what matters. What matters is when devs start to take advantage of the DX11 x86 based hardware and PC games start to actually utilize hardware that has been around for almost 3 years now.

    Finally a HD7970 will start to get pushed in games.
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    Amdlova , December 10, 2013 7:03 PM
    where is the australia ? g20 for australia in 2014 does count right now?
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    elexor , December 10, 2013 7:30 PM
    pfft consoles, buy a pc and get a true nextgen experience.
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    Darkk , December 10, 2013 8:34 PM
    I am a hard core PC gamer. Yeah I have thought about Xbox One but for the price I can build my own media center PC and still have money leftover for other things.

    Right now my quad core AMD Phenom II 955 processor is still going strong paired with Radeon HD6950 card. Yeah the card is outdated by today's standards but it still a awesome card for my games.
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    kinggremlin , December 10, 2013 9:05 PM
    Like George Bush, all I care about is who is #1 in Poland.
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    Peacelol , December 10, 2013 9:19 PM
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    @teroy32 Titan fall isn't a xbox exclusive, it'll be coming to pc also...as well as the majority of their "exclusives" most likely just like last gen. Better off getting a ps4 if you have a gaming rig.


    Quote:
    If you have a gaming rig, why get a PS4 which is geared towards gaming? Why wouldn't you get a XB1 that is geared towards AiO media entertainment with a superior voice command and tracking system?

    I myself wont buy one. If I win one in some contest, sure why not. But I wont shell out $400-$500 for inferior gaming technology when I could spend that on a GPU that will blow it away (R9-290)



    You make a valid point regarding going towards the one heavier on media. However, his point was pointing out that because most Xbox titles will be available on PC (Due to Microsoft wanting to keep their PC division strong) that if you have a gaming PC, picking up a PS4 would be a good option in order to play its exclusives not available on PC. This way you always have a very broad range of game titles to choose from.
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    sean1357 , December 10, 2013 10:08 PM
    I'm a PC gamer. I wouldn't get Xbox One or PS4. Because both of systems still crap junk compare to PC. Until they have Altera Stratix 10 FPGA and SSD drive, then I will consider to get one.
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    Jgriff , December 10, 2013 11:06 PM
    @jimmysmitty Have you not tried Xbmc on the pc? Better than anything Microsoft or Sony could offer media wise. Yeah the convenience on the x1 is nice but still the content on Xbmc blows it away with plugins like mashup, any movie/ tv show you could want streamed, no fees, provided your internet is dencent you'll have a good experience with it. And i suggested ps4 over the xbox because that's where the exclusives will be, most of the good ones anyway. Sony always brings the exclusives.
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    shaydogs , December 11, 2013 12:28 AM
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    65k, that's cute.

    Are you aware that the USA's population is 314 million, where Australia's is 23 million.... If you want to talk numbers the percentage of xbox one purchases in relation to population is a fair bit higher than the US. I don't know if you are trying to say that Australia's people are less affluent generally, but if you are you're most wrong. Not starting a "MY Countriess better THAN yours" thing but I wanted to point that out.

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    azz156 , December 11, 2013 12:45 AM
    @Jgriff

    sif not use http://www.ps3mediaserver.org since it lets your gaming rig do all the encoding and streams it directly to your ps3 360 or xb1 (not ps4 since it doesn't have DLNA yet), though what are these exclusives you speak of? uncharted seems to be the only note worthy exclusive on the ps4 and there's no release date while the xb1 gets quantum break next month which looks pretty sweet.

    though i have xbmc on my media box and to be honest i don't use it, I just use vlc player or just stream it to my ps3 or xb1.
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