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The renewed console war has officially begun, with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One having released across several major markets. Having already heard that Sony managed 2.1 million consoles sold in just a couple of weeks from its launch in November to the end of the month, figures shared by Major Nelson suggest that Microsoft is right on its tail.

Having comfortably lost out to Microsoft last time around, there’s no doubt that Sony has begun to turn things around, and the fact that the PlayStation 4 is slightly more powerful, as well as a great deal cheaper than its Redmond rival certainly helps. But despite higher cost, the Xbox One has a rich ecosystem in the Xbox Dashboard and Xbox LIVE, and with the Kinect sensor a permanent fixture, sales of 2 million units in 18 days is certainly not bad going.

Taking into consideration the fact that Sony sold slightly more in just 15 days, it’s fair to state that the PS4 is enjoying a more successful start, but given the fact that the Xbox One launched after its Japanese adversary in the U.S., as well as the other aforementioned factors, we’d hazard that Microsoft will be pleased with the numbers thus far.

As well as pushing two million console units in just over two-and-a-half weeks, the Xbox One has also clocked up a mammoth 83 million hours of gaming, TV-watching and app-using time since the launch day. Considering this year’s most popular title – GTA 5 – isn’t even out for the Xbox One, this is pretty astonishing, and with the console’s stream of content growing richer with every new update, users are seemingly going to find it more and more difficult to prise themselves away.

If you happen to be a Gamerscore-focused Xbox One user, you may be rather demoralized to learn that, despite the impressive numbers you might have added to your sum total over the last couple of weeks, a whopping 595 million has been achieved in Gamerscore with the Xbox One, with 39 million achievements managed in the process.

At its busiest, the Xbox One was being ordered at one thousand units per minute on Amazon, and with both it and the PlayStation 4 both proving popular among early adopters, we’ve a very intriguing duel on our hands.

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