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Microsoft Shipped More Xbox Series X|S Consoles Than Expected Last Quarter

Microsoft Shipped More Xbox Series X|S Consoles Than Expected Last Quarter - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 3,464 Views

Microsoft today revealed Xbox gaming revenue grew 16 percent year-over-year to nearly $3.6 billion for the quarter ending September 30, 2021. Xbox hardware revenue grew an impressive 166 percent driven by high demand for the Xbox Series X|S consoles.

Microsoft CFO Amy Hood in an earnings call with investors revealed the company was "able to ship more Xbox Series X and S consoles than expected" in the quarter. This is "even as demand continues to exceed supply."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Xbox set a "record first quarter monetization and engagement" and the upcoming holiday period will have the "biggest lineup of content and exclusive games ever."

Nadella added, "Bungie is relying on Microsoft's cloud to scale and operate its games."

Microsoft's Xbox outlook for the quarter ending December 31, includes gaming revenue up in the high single digits year-over-year and Xbox content and services to grow in the mid teens. 

The latest VGChartz estimates put Xbox Series X|S sell-through at 7.94 million as of October 16. Xbox Series X|S is currently tracking ahead of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 after 11 months on the market.


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
EnricoPallazzo (on 27 October 2021)

Really happy for Xbox performance. Competition is always good for the industry. I moved from Sony to MS this generation after 20 years having playstations. Although it's a lost battle vs PS5 to see who is going to be number 1 at the end it seems Xbox will have a much better performance this time around.

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gtotheunit91 EnricoPallazzo (on 27 October 2021)

Exactly it! PlayStation has been on fire ever since the brands inception whereas Xbox and Nintendo have had major hiccups throughout that time. The closest "hiccup" PS has had was the PS3 launch lol. Now, all 3 companies are on fire and that's only good news for us as gamers.

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victor83fernandes EnricoPallazzo (on 27 October 2021)

number one is already won, its nintendo. PS5 will come in second

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VAMatt (on 27 October 2021)

It's nice to know that they sold an unknown amount more than their unknown projected number.

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gtotheunit91 (on 26 October 2021)

I was hoping he went into more detail about that Bungie bit

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gtotheunit91 trunkswd (on 26 October 2021)

That's what I'm figuring. It just seems like such a random throw in lol

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gtotheunit91 trunkswd (on 26 October 2021)

Plot twist: the "BIG" third-party game Xbox supposedly secured exclusively is Bungie's next game, Matter lol

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kirby007 gtotheunit91 (on 26 October 2021)

heh Mass Effect

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gtotheunit91 kirby007 (on 26 October 2021)

You got that Twitter source ;)

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EricHiggin gtotheunit91 (on 26 October 2021)

Talk about 'bouncing back'...

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