Feeds

Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

Daunted by Sony sales, firm talks up... hours played on Xbox One

High performance access to file storage

You have to feel sorry for Microsoft. Sales of its new, next-generation console, the Xbox One, have clearly so far failed to come close to those of Sony’s PlayStation 4. It seems the best it can do in the battle of the console stats is tell us how many hours Xboxers have spent on the thing.

Insisting that Xbox One is “delivering” on its promise “to be the all-in-one games and entertainment system”, Microsoft today claimed One fans have now spent “over 50 million hours” in the past 11 days.

Unable to say how many millions of consoles have arrived in punters’ living rooms, the company instead boasted that more than three billion zombies have been killed in Dead Rising 3, no fewer than than 186 million enemies have been crushed under the heels of legionary caligae in Ryse: Son of Rome and more than 90 million virtual miles have been driven in Forza 5.

The "50 million hours" claim deserves a closer look, though. That’s an average of 4.5 million hours per day. Microsoft apparently sold a million Ones at launch, which gives a per owner daily play time of four-and-a-half hours, not an unreasonable sounding average for the hardcore fans and gamers who buy new consoles as soon as the machines are launched.

In short, Microsoft can’t have sold many more consoles than the original million. If indeed “demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched”, it clearly got its sums wrong when working out how many of the machines to manufacture.

Sony, by contrast, claims to have put more than two million PS4s in punters’ hands, though it’s not yet known to what extent that’s a sign of demand for the Sony console and not simply disappointed potential Xbox One buyers opting for the alternative.

Either way, here at least, interest in the PS4 has made it the fastest-selling console in British history. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.