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mk7sx said:

Switch with the hottest 5-week start of any VGC tracked system so far.  Notably, VGC USA JAN 2021 is at 381K, which was the hard lower limit for the NPD range (381K - 466K).  Good chance there's 20-40K to pick up there if NPD JAN 2021 ever leaks.

I am all for leaks as it means I can make our figures even more accurate. Not knowing the split between the different SKUs makes it harder to figure out. Switch vs Switch Lite sales, Xbox Series X vs Series S sales, and PS5 vs PS5 DE sales. 



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sales2099 said:
Elputoxd said:

Xbox Series X and S vs Xbox One (launch aligned)

Week 1 - 1285k vs 1104k

Week 2 - 203k vs 454k

Week 3 - 200k vs 286k

Week 4 - 253k vs 375k

Week 5 - 283k vs 402k

Week 6 - 323k vs 295k

Week 7 - 290k vs 145k

Week 8 - 187k vs 79k

Week 9 - 105k vs 64k

Week 10 - 86k vs 61k

Week 11 - 94k vs 61k

Week 12 - 98k vs 64k (Series X and S surpass Xbox One) 

Week 13 - 103k vs 66k

Xbox One had higher sales at the beginning probably because of Series X and S' lower supply caused by Covid but, after the Holiday season, the Xbox One dropped off a cliff while the Series consoles have been selling much better. As of now, the Series X and S consoles are ahead of the Nintendo DS, the Xbox 360, the PS3, the PSP and the majority of consoles in history - including all previous Xbox consoles - but they are trailing behing 5 consoles: the Wii, the 3DS, the PS4, the Switch and the PS5.

Interested in seeing how the X and the S perform throughout the year. Cheers.

Thank you, that’s the data I want to see. Gen over gen improvement. Better then every Xbox before, and while being supply constrained. Even with Xbox games on PC day 1 the console is still tracking well by comparison. 

Considering they launched with essentially Gears Tactics and EA Play being added to Game Pass, this bodes very well for the gen. Positive PR, competitive pricing and this is before their massive wave of 1st party coming. Very exciting to see what happens this fall. 

Yeah, that's seomthing we don't take into account but it's important. When the Xbox One launched, all of its games were assumed to be launching only on it - just like with the Xbox and the 360 - , which surely made some people buy the Xbox One at first instead of building a PC or whatever, but with the Series X and S the market knows right from the start that its games will be on PC too and even on phones and Smart TVs via xCloud. But even with that, the Series X and S are still selling much better than the Xbox One. I think that's actually very impressive, because it means these two consoles are attracting new users to the Xbox console ecosystem. This is probably caused by a combo of launching in more countries, having Xbox All Access in 12 countries, Game Pass, the low price of the Series S and the acquisition of Bethesda.



Elputoxd said:
sales2099 said:

Thank you, that’s the data I want to see. Gen over gen improvement. Better then every Xbox before, and while being supply constrained. Even with Xbox games on PC day 1 the console is still tracking well by comparison. 

Considering they launched with essentially Gears Tactics and EA Play being added to Game Pass, this bodes very well for the gen. Positive PR, competitive pricing and this is before their massive wave of 1st party coming. Very exciting to see what happens this fall. 

Yeah, that's seomthing we don't take into account but it's important. When the Xbox One launched, all of its games were assumed to be launching only on it - just like with the Xbox and the 360 - , which surely made some people buy the Xbox One at first instead of building a PC or whatever, but with the Series X and S the market knows right from the start that its games will be on PC too and even on phones and Smart TVs via xCloud. But even with that, the Series X and S are still selling much better than the Xbox One. I think that's actually very impressive, because it means these two consoles are attracting new users to the Xbox console ecosystem. This is probably caused by a combo of launching in more countries, having Xbox All Access in 12 countries, Game Pass, the low price of the Series S and the acquisition of Bethesda.

I'm pretty sure it is directly linked to covid restrictions.



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SKMBlake said:
Elputoxd said:

Yeah, that's seomthing we don't take into account but it's important. When the Xbox One launched, all of its games were assumed to be launching only on it - just like with the Xbox and the 360 - , which surely made some people buy the Xbox One at first instead of building a PC or whatever, but with the Series X and S the market knows right from the start that its games will be on PC too and even on phones and Smart TVs via xCloud. But even with that, the Series X and S are still selling much better than the Xbox One. I think that's actually very impressive, because it means these two consoles are attracting new users to the Xbox console ecosystem. This is probably caused by a combo of launching in more countries, having Xbox All Access in 12 countries, Game Pass, the low price of the Series S and the acquisition of Bethesda.

I'm pretty sure it is directly linked to covid restrictions.

I really don't think it is, everyone can buy a console now, stores and transporation centers are open, it's not like in March or April where shops and transportation centers were going to close and people went to buy consoles out of panic of not being able to buy one later. I don't think the people who are buying the Series X and S are the same casual players or retired players that bought a cheap 150-200 dollars PS4 or Xbox One in March or April just to have some entertainment. Early adopters always know very well what they are buying and are interested in the product. Same with PS5. Obviously Covid helps both in terms of sales but I don't think that alone explains neither's growth at all.



While it is fun to compare the numbers, it's worth noting that there's only so much we can extrapolate in terms of early sales to long term sales.

The Wii U initially sold faster than PS3 and 360 for instance.

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

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Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One Launch Sales Comparison Through Week 13

This weekly mini-series compares the aligned launch sales of the Xbox Series X|S with its predecessor, the Xbox One. 

The first week for the Xbox Series X|S is the week ending November 14, 2020, while for the Xbox One it is the week ending November 23, 2013.

The Xbox Series X|S had a worldwide launch on November 10, 2020, while the Xbox One had a staggered launch. The Xbox One launched in North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and South America on November 22, 2013, and in Japan, China, and other European countries in September 2014. 

Xbox Series X|S Vs. Xbox One Worldwide:

Gap change in latest week: 36,375 - XSX|S

Gap change over last month: 128,644 - XSX|S

Total Lead: 53,715 - XSX|S

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 3,517,194

Xbox One Total Sales: 3,463,479

During week 13, the Xbox Series X|S closed the gap when compared to the aligned launch of the Xbox One by 36,375 units and by 128,644 units in the last month. The Xbox Series X|S lead has grown to 53,715 units.

The Xbox Series X|S has sold 3.52 million units in 13 weeks, while the Xbox One has sold 3.46 million units. Week 13 for the Xbox Series X|S is the week ending February 6, 2021 and it is the week ending February 15, 2014 for the Xbox One.

The Xbox One sold 66,134 units in its 13th week to bring its lifetime sales to 3,529,613 units. The Xbox Series X|S would need to sell just 12,419 units in its 13th week to keep up with the Xbox One. 

The Xbox One crossed four million units sold in week 20, and five million units sold in week 37. 

The Xbox Series X|S was the best-selling console in the UK in January and it has outsold the PS5 in South Africa.



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I know it takes time to make a new graph but I was wondering when PS5 and XBS will be added to the graph on the front page.