Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console is coming to 26 new markets this September. Xbox Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi made the announcement on the Xbox Wire on March 18.
“On the heels of the most successful Xbox launch in history, we continue to be blown away by the support and engagement of our fans,” Mehdi said. “Now it’s time to ensure [that] even more fans around the world can enjoy Xbox One. So today we’re proud to share that it will be available in 26 additional markets in September this year.”
More information will be available at the end of April, but Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox One will launch in the following countries:
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The Xbox One launched on Nov. 22 in 13 countries and immediately logged successful sales numbers -- it sold 1 million units within 24 hours of its launch.
On March 13, Microsoft released a statement regarding the success of the Xbox One, calling it the most successful launch in Xbox history.
“[The] Xbox One continues selling at a record-breaking pace with 258,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of February, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by over 61 percent at the same point in time [last year],” the statement said. “[The] Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 114,000 units sold in February in the U.S. in its 100th month on the market in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console. The growing fan base for Xbox 360 will have their opportunity to play ‘Titanfall,’ when it launches on Xbox 360 on March 25.”
Microsoft announced other impressive sales figures: More than 772,000 Xbox One games were sold in February, along with 2.46 million Xbox 360 games. The combined sales figures comprised 48 percent of the total software market share. The Xbox One is averaging sales of 2.75 games per console.
The Xbox One and Xbox 360 sold more hardware than any other home console platform and was accountable for 43 percent of the home console market in the U.S.
This year, the top-selling Xbox One games are “NBA 2K14,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Fable Anniversary,” “Grand Theft Auto 5,” “Minecraft” and “The LEGO Movie Videogame.”
First-person shooter “Titanfall” was released for the Xbox One on March 11, and rumors are circulating that the anticipated title is already responsible for selling more than 1 million Xbox Ones.