Microsoft sells over 1M Xbox One consoles within 24 hours

|By:, SA News Editor

Like Sony (SNE) with its PlayStation 4 (PS4) a week earlier, Microsoft (MSFT) sold over 1M Xbox One computer-gaming consoles within 24 hours of the device going on sale on Friday.

However, Microsoft achieved its record tally in 13 countries, while Sony launched the PS4 in just the U.S. and Canada.

Piper Jaffray reckons that Sony and Microsoft will each sell 3M consoles globally by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the EU will reportedly grant Microsoft unconditional approval of its acquisition of Nokia's (NOK) mobile phone unit in a deal worth $7.3B. The EU has set a deadline of December 4 to decide on the transaction.