Those looking to declare a winner in the rivalry between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may want to hold off a bit longer. Despite many predicting that the lower price tag on Sony’s console would tip the scales away from Microsoft’s, the manufacturer has announced today that over 2 million Xbox Ones have been sold in the first 18 days at retail.

And for those millions who have already picked up a system, Microsoft has also confirmed that a new software update has been released – and your Xbox One may have installed it already.

The announcement comes as a reassurance of the Xbox One’s success after its dominance had been somewhat questioned. Specifically, by industry analyst Micahel Pachter, who recently stated his belief that November sales numbers would show the PS4 as the sales winner (thus proving his prior predictions accurate).

Those November numbers will be coming from NPD this week to put an end to the speculation, but if Sony did put their extra week of sales to work in getting a head start on Microsoft, the Xbox One has clearly made the most of December. And after the Xbox One broke the million units mark on day one, and came out on top of Black Friday, it’s no surprise.

Xbox One Software Update Screen

Whether those Microsoft faithful (like their Sony counterparts) who picked up their console are getting the most out of the system isn’t quite as easy to determine. But for now, Microsoft is celebrating this sign that the market of early adopters and holiday gift-buyers is alive and well, and continuing their promise of re-stocking stores as quickly as possible.

The company isn’t kicking back to celebrate just yet though, as a new Xbox One software update has gone live. Set to address a series of hiccups and issues, the details on what the update will effect come courtesy of Microsoft’s Major Nelson:

  • Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
  • Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
  • Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
  • Addresses dashboard performance for some users
  • Offers improvements for Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
  • Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users

Since the Xbox One will be handling system updates a bit differently than its predecessor, the update will be a learning experience for many early adopters. If your Xbox One is set to the ‘Instant On’ state (from which merely uttering “Xbox On” powers up the system) then the console will automatically download the update when turned off, and load it upon its next start-up (showing the green loading screen above until the update has been completed). For those not using the ‘Instant On’ feature, the update will have to be manually downloaded.

It looks like the PS4 and Xbox One are both going strong – at least in the first few weeks. Could one take a lead as holiday shopping heats up? We’ll keep you posted as those numbers arrive.


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Source: Major Nelson