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Microsoft Sells More Than Two Million Xbox Ones in First 18 Days

Here’s that sales stat we were waiting for: Microsoft announced today that it had sold more than two million Xbox One units worldwide in the 18 days since the new gaming console’s Nov. 22 debut. Last week, Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4s, which debuted a week earlier on Nov. 15. The Xbox One is currently available in 13 countries; the PS4 is in 32.

Plantronics Says It Can Be a Wearable Computing Company, Too

Interested in wearables? Do let it go to your head, the company’s CTO says.
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With Steam Machines on the Horizon, Valve Makes Its Linux Love Official

“People shouldn’t underestimate the Linux community’s desire to have gaming on the platform, and for it to be insanely good.”
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Four Years Later, How Does the Xbox’s Kinect Stack Up to Its Original Vision?

The new Kinect is central to the Xbox One’s marketing. How does it compare to the original “product vision” video?
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Twitch Takes Up Cat Herding With Ban on PlayStation 4’s Playroom

Banning users who broke the rules, and delisting their game of choice worked — once. But what happens when this happens again? And again?
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Buying a Videogame Console on Black Friday? Here’s What You Need to Know.

A buyer’s guide to the deals you can get — and the differences among the game consoles — for anyone partaking in America’s consumerist holiday.
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Apple Confirms Acquisition of 3-D Sensor Startup PrimeSense

Signed, sealed, delivered.
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Photos From the Xbox One’s Midnight Launch in Palo Alto (Slideshow)

Photos from the midnight launch of the Xbox One in Palo Alto.
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Xbox One Matches PS4’s First-Day Console Sales … And Reports of Defects

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
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Sony Sells More Than One Million PlayStation 4s on First Day, But Some Are Defective

A sales number that will please the analysts, but just how widespread are the hardware glitches being reported online?
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