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Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2021

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2022 / 2,205 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 360.

The Xbox Series X|S launched in November 2020, while the Xbox 360 launched in November 2005 in North America and December 2005 in Europe and Japan. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2021

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2021

Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox 360 Sales Comparison - December 2021

XSX|S Vs. X360 Worldwide:

Gap change in latest month: 405 - XSX|S

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,969,812 - XSX|S

Total Lead: 3,827,376 - XSX|S

Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 11,817,831

Xbox 360 Total Sales: 7,990,455

December 2021 is the 14th month the Xbox Series X|S has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Xbox Series X|S when compared to the aligned launch of the Xbox 360 by just 405 units and by 1.97 million units in the last year. The Xbox Series X|S is currently ahead by 3.83 million units.

The Xbox Series X|S has sold 11.82 million units in 14 months, while the Xbox 360 sold 7.99 million. million units. Month 14 for the Xbox Series X|S is December 2021 and for the Xbox One is December 2006.

The Xbox 360 did not reach current Xbox Series X|S sales until month 23 where it had sold 11.90 million units.

The Xbox 360 crossed 10 million units sold in month 19, 20 million in month 34, and 30 million in month 43. The Xbox 360 sold 85.81 million units lifetime.


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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5 Comments
Livewitharya (on 30 January 2022)

I think Xbox Series X|S is crossing Xbox 360's lifetime sales. They've barely released next gen games and yet they've already sold more than 12m consoles. Their holiday lineup is packed, last year it was Halo & Forza H. while this year it is Starfield, STALKER 2, Scorn and maybe Forza M. And then next year it will be some more announced games (Perfect Dark/The Outer Worlds/Fable maybe). And holidays are that time of the year when there is an uptick in sales. Xbox has the capacity to pump out big titles around holiday season. This will help them a lot.

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scrapking Livewitharya (on 30 January 2022)

And when you're looking at that following year ("Perfect Dark/The Outer Worlds/Fable maybe") you might also be looking at Forza Horizon 6 as well, as Horizon usually comes out in a 2 year cadence. I think adding Day 1 support for both PC and Xbox Series was what lead to the 3 year gap between Horizon 4 and 5, but we might see them return to the 2 year cadence now that they probably have the luxury of dropping Xbox One support for 6.

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Doctor_MG (on 29 January 2022)

Not to imply that the Series X/S won't sell great, but people need to remember that 7th gen was the definition of slow burn for the HD twins. The PS3 sold best it's fifth year on the market, and the 360's best year was it's sixth year on the market. So Series X/S will need good sales and longevity to beat the 360 overall, but they are off to a great start!

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aTokenYeti Doctor_MG (on 29 January 2022)

Valid point, and I believe the Xbox One also started with a large lead over the Xbox 360. Ultimately the Xbox one had very poor legs

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scrapking aTokenYeti (on 29 January 2022)

Valid points about the Xbox One's quick start before fading, and the Xbox 360's slow burn. But the Xbox Series has many advantages over any of the previous Xbox SKUs. Some that come to mind:

  • an entry-level and a high-end option right out of the gate,
  • Game Pass ('nuff said),
  • much better first-party studio collection than at any previous point in Xbox history,
  • more competitive vs. contemporary PCs than the relatively underpowered Xbox One was,
  • the potential for a "Pro" version to extend competitiveness late in the generation, an advantage the 360 lacked.

    The Xbox Series consoles are all-but-certain to beat the OG Xbox and Xbox One, and I think they're also unlikely to relinquish the lead they have over the Xbox 360. Even if the Xbox Series consoles don't manage to hit 84 million units or so like the 360, the high failure rate of the 360 means that the total number of Xbox Series units in active use might remain higher than the total number of 360s that were in active use.

    And hitting a figure in 14 months that it took 23 months for the Xbox 360 to hit is one hell of a head start.

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