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Microsoft kicks off 2014 with 3 million global Xbox One sales

Microsoft ended 2013 on a high note: In only 39 days, the company managed to sell more than 3 million Xbox One game consoles in 13 countries.

In a blog post, Microsoft revealed its year-end stats, thanking fans and gamers for what it called "the most epic launch of Xbox by all measures."

"It's been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the U.S. during our launch month in November," wrote Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing, strategy, and business for Xbox.

The holiday season certainly offered a boost to the company's sales — Redmond counted 2 million consoles peddled in its first 18 days on the market.

"The reaction from our fans was mind-blowing for our team," Mehdi wrote. "As we see your excitement, your energy and your hours of gameplay, we continue to be inspired to do great work—for you."

Microsoft's sales pace was on par with rival PlayStation 4 for much of the winter; Sony has not revealed final numbers for the year.

The two were climbing toward a photo finish in November as hardware sales skyrocketed 58 per cent to a total $1.33 billion (£811 million), according to The NPD Group. But the console war appeared to have settled in Sony's favour, as the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in its launch month, though the PS4 did have a head start on sales.

Still, Microsoft is celebrating its massive sales and millions of hours of gameplay and live TV watching and app usage.

"We are proud to have the most passionate, engaged, and simply the best fans in the world," Mehdi said.

And the Xbox team isn't finished. In the year ahead, players can expect titles like Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Project Spark, Sunset Overdrive, Tom Clancy's The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Destiny, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and The Elder Scrolls Online, among others.

There will also be another version of Halo, Redmond's Rom Semsey, senior public relations manager, confirmed today in a tweet. He did not reveal an expected launch date.

In the UK, meanwhile, reports state that the PS4 has been outselling the Xbox One with video games sales a a five year high.