In the magazine’s cover story, author Chris Anderson compares Musk with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, in part for his persuasiveness. Here are a few excerpts from Fortune:
Anderson writes: “Jobs’ reputation for ‘reality distortion’ is well-documented. In his own way, Musk is equally persuasive, trusting his own internal logic and instincts in the face of intense pushback.”
Congrats Elon! You really do deserve it.
But let’s make sure to put the numbers in perspective. Sony’s PlayStation 4 also sold over 1 million units in 24 hours when it launched around a week ago. So far, the two console giants are neck and neck. However, there’s just one little detail Microsoft fails to mention in its PR: The Xbox One launched in a total of 13 countries, 11 more than the PlayStation 4.
I think that it’s fascinating to see how geography and how many markets you launch at make such a big difference. Microsoft must have known that sales would be lower than Sony well in advance. And so they decided to go to market in 15 countries versus just 2 for Sony. Regardless of this fact, I give both companies a big congratulations on their success with these two next-generation consoles. They are continuing to push the computational limits for gaming and prove that consoles are still awesome.