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Xbox Series X and S Sets Record for Biggest Launch in Xbox History

Xbox Series X and S Sets Record for Biggest Launch in Xbox History - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 November 2020 / 2,152 Views

Microsoft on Tuesday released its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and in just 24 hours the consoles set a new record. 

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S set a record for the biggest launch in Xbox history, outselling the launch of the Xbox One in 2013, the Xbox 360 in 2005, and the original Xbox in 2001. 

"Thank you for supporting the largest launch in Xbox history," said the head of Xbox Phil Spencer via Twitter. "In 24 hrs more new consoles sold, in more countries, than ever before. We’re working with retail to resupply as quickly as possible. You continue to show us the connective power of play is more important than ever."

Xbox Series X and S Sets Record for Biggest Launch in Xbox History

The original Xbox sold more than one million units in less than 24 hours when it launched on November 22, 2013, which at the time set a record for the Xbox brand. The Xbox One launched in 13 countries, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.

Stay tuned to VGChartz as we will be releasing our estimates for the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in the coming weeks.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 12 November 2020)

Congrats to Xbox. I wish they gave hard numbers though, would be nice to know how much over Xbox One's estimated 1.1m first 24 hours it was.

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trunkswd shikamaru317 (on 12 November 2020)

I'm hoping to have launch week numbers up in the next couple of weeks, but it depends how long it takes Talon to add the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 to our tracking. He's been too focused on his job and getting the site to load faster.

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hiccupthehuman (on 12 November 2020)

Great news!

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DonFerrari (on 12 November 2020)

Congrats, we don't know how higher, but congrats.

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TheTitaniumNub (on 12 November 2020)

Congrats Xbox!! I switched to PC earlier this year, but I still buy my Xbox games on Steam, looking forward to the new Gears 5 Operation!!! <3

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siebensus4 (on 12 November 2020)

We should expect a hard competition between Microsoft and Sony with the new consoles.

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Giggity_goo (on 12 November 2020)

ye for the ones that pre ordered it months ago. it would of sold lots better if most could find one

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gc131084 (on 12 November 2020)

Biggest Launch without one Single New Game 🤔 and Phil spencer adding new games at Launch are NOT important. I am pretty glad Sony thinks the opposite way by releasing 8 exclusives during the first launch year.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 November 2020)

biggest launch,
but failed to launch halo which would've shattered sales record!

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shikamaru317 LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 November 2020)

Not really. Every single Xbox Series unit sold on release day in most countries. Halo wouldn’t have changed much honestly, might have helped them sell out in a few niche markets, but the only thing that could have boosted sales by a significant amount would have been more stock.

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DonFerrari LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 November 2020)

For launch day Halo would have had 0 impact on sales, perhaps one month from now it could have.

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ArchangelMadzz LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 November 2020)

They're selling every Xbox they can manufacture.

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