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For comparison, Xbox One was the previous record holder for Xbox, with "over 1m consoles sold in the first 24 hours" across Xbox One's 13 launch countries (VGC estimated 1.1m back in 2013). 

Edit- Some new stats:

  • Launch was across 40 countries, compared to 13 for Xbox One
  • More new owners (people who have never owned an Xbox before) than any game previous Xbox launch
  • Series S lead to Xbox Series having a higher percentage of new owners (people who have never owned an Xbox before) than Xbox 360 or Xbox One had on launch
  • More games played, 3,594 in total, spanning four generations, setting a record for the most games ever played during an Xbox console launch
  • 70 percent of Series X|S consoles are attached to new or existing Xbox Game Pass subscriptions

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/11/13/the-biggest-launch-in-xbox-history/

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 13 November 2020

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I wish that MS still gave hard numbers, would be nice to know how much more it sold than Xbox One. Considering Xbox Series is available in dozens of markets at release, compared to just 13 for Xbox One, I would imagine it is in the lead by a pretty big margin, though alot depends on Microsoft's manufacturing capability since they began manufacturing in mid May.

VGC estimates will definitely be interesting since MS doesn't give hard numbers anymore. I'm particularly interested to see if Xbox Series topped Xbox One's 650k first week in the US and if it managed to top PS4's 1m first week in the US, since US is Microsoft's strongest market.



Another positive article regarding xbox. Oh Shika, you bloody xbot. I wish we'd get hard numbers for the generation too. I imagine whoever shipped the most probably will release numbers.



ironmanDX said:
Another positive article regarding xbox. Oh Shika, you bloody xbot. I wish we'd get hard numbers for the generation too. I imagine whoever shipped the most probably will release numbers.

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Sony should have the bigger worldwide launch since they have the bigger presence in Europe and Japan in particularly, but the US and UK races will be interesting for sure since they're Microsoft's 2 strongest markets. In 2013 VGC estimated 652k XB1 and 982k PS4 first week for the US, and 151k XB1 and 251k PS4 first week for the UK. Would be pretty cool if Xbox Series managed to top those PS4 launch numbers in both the US and the UK, would signify a much more competitive generation, which would be better for everybody imo. But alot depends on Microsoft's ability to produce and ship large amounts of stock during a global pandemic.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 11 November 2020

shikamaru317 said:
ironmanDX said:
Another positive article regarding xbox. Oh Shika, you bloody xbot. I wish we'd get hard numbers for the generation too. I imagine whoever shipped the most probably will release numbers.

I aim to please

Sony should have the bigger worldwide launch since they have the bigger presence in Europe and Japan in particularly, but the US and UK races will be interesting for sure since they're Microsoft's 2 strongest markets. In 2013 VGC estimated 652k XB1 and 982k PS4 first week for the US, and 151k XB1 and 251k PS4 first week for the UK. Would be pretty cool if Xbox Series managed to top those PS4 launch numbers in both the US and the UK, would signify a much more competitive generation, which would be better for everybody imo. But alot depends on Microsoft's ability to produce and ship large amounts of stock during a global pandemic.

eh, maybe not.

It's surely going to be pretty much a 100% sell through for launch for both consoles, so presence means nothing. The one that had more consoles available to sell at launch will be the one that has the bigger worldwide launch.

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Not surprised but I doubt we will see numbers from MS again.



We might see numbers if Microsft sells well over the long term. Otherwise we can predict...



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Pemalite said:
We might see numbers if Microsft sells well over the long term. Otherwise we can predict...

Yeah, I'd say that if they're nipping at Sony's heels by mid-late 2021, or at least not massively behind like with Xbox One, maybe MS will start giving numbers again. 



shikamaru317 said:
Pemalite said:
We might see numbers if Microsft sells well over the long term. Otherwise we can predict...

Yeah, I'd say that if they're nipping at Sony's heels by mid-late 2021, or at least not massively behind like with Xbox One, maybe MS will start giving numbers again. 

I can't see why they'd give console sales numbers ever again.  They've changed their business model.  Console sales are never going to reflect their actual success.  



Demand for Xbox Series definitely seems way higher than demand for Xbox One. As I recall, Xbox One never really sold out much Holiday 2013; unlike PS4 which was sold out pretty much the entire first Holiday, you could walk into stores and find Xbox One's on shelves pretty easily, I walked into Walmart and grabbed one on a weekday in early December 2013, only about 2 weeks after launch. By comparison preorder opening stock for Xbox Series sold in minutes to hours depending on the country, a Walmart online restock yesterday disappeared in about 15 seconds, Amazon's got me on a waiting list they say might take until the end of December to fulfill, heard tale of some Europe retailers already taking preorders for December restocks, and we have Xbox Series X's actually selling (not just listed) for $900+ on ebay. I imagine MS will be able to sell S and X as fast as they can produce them this Holiday. I'm just not sure how good their production capabilities are with covid going on. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 11 November 2020