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Microsoft CEO: Xbox Series X|S is the Fastest-Selling Xbox Console Ever

Microsoft CEO: Xbox Series X|S is the Fastest-Selling Xbox Console Ever - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2021 / 2,071 Views

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an earnings call with investors revealed the Xbox Series X|S is the fastest-selling Xbox console ever. The Xbox Series X|S has sold more units to date than any previous Xbox console after the same amount of time. 

"We're all in on games," said Nadella. "The Xbox Series S and X are our fastest selling consoles ever, with more consoles sold life-to-date than any previous generation."

VGChartz estimates match what Nadella said. The Xbox Series X|S has sold 5.82 million units after eight months, while the Xbox One sold 4.76 million units, and the Xbox 360 sold 3.70 million units


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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30 Comments
umegames (on 27 July 2021)

considering the shortages and not having them on store shelves, that's pretty impressive.

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DonFerrari umegames (on 28 July 2021)

Shortages is because it is being sold not because it isn`t being made.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

When you sell out and dont restock thats called a shortage.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 29 July 2021)

As far as I know it is being restock, but whenever stocks show up it is sold... it would be impossible to sell at faster rate without having available inventory.

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method114 (on 27 July 2021)

First Microsoft console that had a world wide release as well I think.

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Mr Puggsly (on 27 July 2021)

Its because how well it plays Morrowind.

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Johnd (on 28 July 2021)

Not a great metric really! It only needs to sell one more console than the same time frame in the last generation for that to work. Plenty of series s on shelves around here. And still selling roughly half of what playstation are selling.

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Dulfite Johnd (on 28 July 2021)

It isn't just a comparison of console sales. It's console sales + subscribers. In that regard, Microsoft is doing much better than a simple console vs. console comparison.

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Johnd Dulfite (on 15 August 2021)

Id like to think your joking but i see you've been lapping up marketing like nobodys business.
95% of subs are xbox owners.
Theres no magical massive pc base just yet

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chakkra Johnd (on 28 July 2021)

Before the report: "Why would people buy a console with no big first party exclusives at launch?" - After the report: "Oh, that's nothing. We all knew that it was going to sell better than the previous gen"

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Evilms (on 28 July 2021)

2 consoles (X+S) against 1 (360 or One) so it's not that difficult

The Xbox 360 was extremely limited during its launch period.
The Xbox One only launched in certain countries and was not available in other markets until 2014.
Today the video game market is nothing like it was in 2005 and has grown a lot in the last few years.

The opposite would have been worrying

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Dulfite Evilms (on 28 July 2021)

X+S isn't two platforms. They literally have the same games. X doesn't have any exclusives that S doesn't have. If it did then the two-platform argument could work, but it doesn't. XOne had exclusives 360 didn't have, and 360 had exclusives Xbox didn't have, and X+S has exclusives One doesn't have. It's one platform smartly divided up to be enjoyed by various wallet sizes.

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DonFerrari Dulfite (on 28 July 2021)

It still enable them to sell one of them for 300, or 200 less than X1 at launch.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

No different to a PS5 Phyiscal and PS5 Digital or a 360 500gig to a 360 128gig harddrive.

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hiccupthehuman Evilms (on 28 July 2021)

Xbox Series X and S are 1 family of console. That's like saying Xbox One X and Xbox One S count as 2 consoles.

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Qwark (on 28 July 2021)

Considering the dumpsterfire that was the Xbox One launch and that the 360 also had a somewhat slow start it isn't that impressive, but growth is growth.

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DonFerrari Qwark (on 28 July 2021)

And well, they haven`t really gave any number or percentage of growth.

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chakkra (on 28 July 2021)

Well, I guess at this point it is obvious that the console was not affected by the lack of Halo Infinite at launch (or any other ¨big¨ first party game) in the slightest.

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DonFerrari (on 28 July 2021)

They don`t care about the number of consoles they sell, they said... them say they are breaking record, but forget to tell how much.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

They dont care about the numbers you care about.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 29 July 2021)

Sure, they don't care so much that they made sure to tell everyone that the irrelevant number of now is bigger than the irrelevant number from previous gen.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

Its how they get there, not what numbers suit your agendas.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 28 July 2021)

It's a no brainer,
Year after year of course sales will increase
And plus they're selling two consoles so seriously those numbers aren't impressive.

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Azzanation (on 28 July 2021)

Scalpers continue to help boost sales. Steam Deck sold out aswell.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 28 July 2021)

If there were no buyers scalpers wouldn`t even be interested after so many months.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

Explain that to the full warehouses of Consoles and GPUs still waiting to be sold by sculpers.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 29 July 2021)

And you certainly found this warehouses of Xbox belonging to a scalper right...

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

Search it up, they are buying thousands of units and reselling them over time. Steam Deck is already sold out because scalpers have jumped on it. Guess it must be that amazing yet no one has owned it yet. Record numbers are fluffed by sculpers demand.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 29 July 2021)

Yes they are selling them over time. So just as I said, the scalpers are buying because there is a market to sell it for even higher, so without scalpers the consoles would be selling the same. Thousands of units is nothing compared to several millions sold. And search doesnt show this so called warehouse. It sure show some people that bought and reselled thousand consoles, but none that bought, werent able to sell and bought even more.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 29 July 2021)

Sculpers arent sold out, The fastest selling is only because sculpers cleared all the stores and selling stock overtime. Again Record numbers are fluffed. No doubt they will sell, but at the speed they are isnt accurate at all.

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