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3.9 million Xbox One units shipped in 2013

Total of 7.4 million Xbox consoles shipped in Q4 2013

Microsoft shipped 3.9 million Xbox One units into retail globally before the end of 2013.

This is according to the firm's FY14 Q2 financials report, in which it revealed that it shipped a total of around 7.4 million Xbox consoles to retail in the quarter ended December 31, 2013, accounting for 3.9 million Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million Xbox 360.

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Microsoft had previously announced that it had sold three million Xbox One consoles globally by the end of 2013, indicating a surplus of stock throughout the holiday season. By comparison, Sony announced that PS4 had hit 4.2 million sales by December 31, and later blamed a lack of stock for having hindered sales in US in December.

Elsewhere in Microsoft's financials release, the firm reported "record" revenues of $24.52 billion for the quarter, up from $21.46 billion during the same period in 2012. Net income for the quarter stood at $6.56 billion, up from $6.36 billion year-on-year.

For the six months ending December 31, 2013, the firm recorded revenue of around $43 billion, up from $37.46 billion YoY, and income of $11.8 billion, up from $10.84 billion in 2012.

The Devices and Consumer Hardware division, which umbrellas Xbox, saw significant growth over 2012, accounting for $4.7 billion in revenues, up from $2.8 billion the prior year.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented, "Our Commercial segment continues to outpace the overall market, and our Devices and Consumer segment had a great holiday quarter. The investments we are making in devices and services that deliver high-value experiences to our customers, and the work we are doing with our partners, are driving strong results and positioning us well for long-term growth."

Microsoft launched the new Xbox One console to 13 markets worldwide in November 2013.

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