Microsoft sells a million Xbox One consoles, set to win EU approval for Nokia deal

Microsoft has launched its Xbox One video game console in the US, with first-day sales exceeding 1 million units, as reports emerged the company is set to win EU approval for its takeover of Nokia.

The tech giant’s latest console, the Xbox One, which is set to compete against Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U, launched in 13 markets including the US on November 22nd.

The company claims it managed to sell 1 million units in its first 24 hours, including pre-sold units, with the company claiming many retailers are currently out of stock.

“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.

“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.”

The news comes less than a week after Sony launched the PlayStation 4 in North America, with it also claiming to have sold 1 million units in the first 24 hours of release.

Sony’s launch was marred, however, after reports surfaced of malfunctioning systems displaying an error nicknamed the “blue light of death”.

The Xbox One has a US price tag of $US499, compared to $US399 for the PlayStation 4.

There was good news on another front for the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant over the weekend, with reports surfacing that the EU is set to unconditionally approve its proposed $US7.3 billion takeover of Nokia’s devices and services businesses.

“The (European) Commission is expected to clear the deal without conditions,” a source familiar with the matter reportedly told Reuters.

The deal has already won approval from Nokia shareholders, as well as competition regulators in Russia, India, Turkey and Israel. The EU is set to announce its final decision before December 4th.


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