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Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 December 2021 / 4,372 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

The Xbox Series X|S launched in November 2020, while the Xbox One launched in November 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One Sales Comparison - November 2021

XSX|S Vs. XOne Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 561,308 - XOne

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,308,505 – XSX|S

Total Lead: 1,462,329 - XSX|S

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 9,838,177

Xbox One Total Sales: 8,375,848

November 2021 is the 13th month the Xbox Series X|S has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Xbox One when compared to the aligned launch of the Xbox Series X|S by 561,308 units. The Xbox Series X|S has grown its lead in the last 12 months by 1.31 million units. The Xbox Series X|S is currently ahead by 1.46 million units.

The Xbox Series X|S has sold 9.84 million units in 13 months, while the Xbox One sold 8.38 million units. Month 13 for the Xbox Series X|S is November 2021 and for the Xbox One is November 2014.

The Xbox One did not reach current Xbox Series X|S sales until month 14 when it sold 10.30 million units.

The Xbox One crossed 10 million units sold in month 14, 20 million in month 30, and 30 million in month 48. The Xbox One has sold 50.49 million units to date.


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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8 Comments
2zosteven (on 17 December 2021)

i can see X Series reaching 80 - 85 million units

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trunkswd 2zosteven (on 17 December 2021)

So similar to Xbox 360 lifetime.

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2zosteven trunkswd (on 17 December 2021)

With no RROD

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aTokenYeti 2zosteven (on 17 December 2021)

Would love to see this happen. All 3 console makers selling north of 80 million would mean the industry is in a healthy and vibrant place. Competition in the hardware space creates excellence

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Kakadu18 2zosteven (on 18 December 2021)

Would be great, but I don't yet see that happening.

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aTokenYeti (on 17 December 2021)

It’s probably going to be smooth sailing for the Xbox Series consoles in comparison to the Xbox One from here on out. After crossing 50 million though? Who knows. I think people underestimate some extremely aggressive Series S sales a few years down the line.

Just imagining a slim refresh Series S going on sale for $150 Black Friday 2024

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scrapking aTokenYeti (on 17 December 2021)

One of the reasons Microsoft cited as the reason for releasing the Series S is that they don't expect steep price drops on game consoles this gen. That doesn't mean they won't drop in price, I'm sure they will. But maybe not as fast as we'd expect. And they thought they'd come out with an inexpensive current-gen option right out of the gate, rather than tell people that they had to either spend $500+ or stay on last-gen systems. I think that was the right call, especially since they'd lost last-gen 2.3:1 to Sony.

I actually think that Microsoft would be smart to release a Series S "phat" that includes an optical drive, and a Series X "slim" that doesn't.

Optical drives aren't that expensive (Sony's $100 price difference between the PS5 standard and the PS5 digital edition exaggerates the actual cost difference). So the reason to create a Series S with an optical drive is to broaden Xbox Series appeal to people that either have physical back-compat libraries, or live places with unreliable and/or metered internet.

The reason to have a Series X mini without an optical drive would be because it would drop the retail price a bunch. It would be to make it thinner and more desirable (especially for people with limited space in their entertainment centres), and for people who would prefer Series X power over Series S efficiency, have been buying digital games since the Xbox 360, and have reliable and/or unlimited internet. You could offer a Series X slim perhaps $50 cheaper than the regular Series X, or you could offer it at the same price but increase the internal storage.

I currently favour the Series S in part because of its smaller size, which is a little bit smaller than the Series X and a LOT smaller than the PS5. So I'd be very interested in a Series X slim, as I'd rarely (if ever) use its optical drive if I had the current model of Series X.

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darthv72 (on 22 December 2021)

In the October comparison, the Series was ahead by 2m units and now its only ahead by like 1.4m. Just like the PS5 was ahead of the PS4 by around 600k units and now is behind the PS4 by 200k.

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