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Xbox Series X|S Outsold the PS5 in Europe in February

Xbox Series X|S Outsold the PS5 in Europe in February - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 March 2022 / 3,564 Views

The head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring via Twitter revealed the Xbox Series X|S has outsold the PlayStation 5 in Europe in February, according to data from GSD.

"It was a great month for new games," said Dring. "Console sales continue to struggle. PS5 stock levels meant that, for the first time, more Xbox Series consoles were sold than PS5s (in tracked European markets)."

In a follow up tweet he revealed Xbox Series S were the majority of Xbox Series X|S sales for the month.

"Oh it’s heavily skewed towards the S right now."

This is the first time an Xbox console has outsold PlayStation since July 2010, which is the month the Xbox 360 S launched.


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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39 Comments
aTokenYeti (on 14 March 2022)

I think it is highly likely that Xbox is outselling PlayStation globally for the year 2022 and that there are no signs of this letting up. If anything PlayStation (and Series X) stock has gotten worse, not better.


So many people doubted the viability of the Series S. No one should be doubting now

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Pemalite aTokenYeti (on 14 March 2022)

I would have liked the Series S to have an identical CPU and ram capacity as the Series X... Just so it ages better and ports aren't as troublesome.

But as a Series S, Series X, Playstation 5 and a Switch OLED owner... These are all fantastic machines which are great at their respective price points... Which is the key giver for the Series S. Price.

Microsoft can make some movements in variations of consoles... A Discless Series X or a Series S with a BDRom drive.

I would likely upgrade my Series S to one with an optical drive if I could...

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Mr Puggsly Pemalite (on 15 March 2022)

CPU seems virtually the same from what I've seen. RAM is the bigger issue.

I would also like a Series S with a disc drive, but it seems highly unlikely.

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Pemalite Mr Puggsly (on 15 March 2022)

Series S is 3.6Ghz... 3.4Ghz with SMT.
Series X is 3.8Ghz... 3.66Ghz with SMT.

So the Series X CPU performance is a small step up... Enable SMT and it has the same single threaded performance as the Series S, but double the threads.

There is a difference. Not a generational one... But it would be like comparing a Ryzen 3600 against the 3500, which tends to have less clockspeed gap.

I mean, in the end, the Series S is tasked with less CPU operations anyway as it's visuals tend to have less fidelity on display.
But I am thinking of games that wish to push physics to the next level, where those clocks and threads of the Series X would have paid off.

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Mr Puggsly Pemalite (on 15 March 2022)

Even if there was a game with physics or other tasks that really pushed the CPU, it seems like the Series S would simply have more performance dips due to the bottleneck. Essentially, it seems to be small obstacle compared to RAM and GPU.

Thus far, my primary disappointments with Series S ports have been ray tracing being removed in numerous titles and it seems to me developers aren't tweaking visual settings properly to get the best out of the hardware.

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KratosLives Pemalite (on 15 March 2022)

Once they start taking advantage of the velocity architecture and specs besides the ssd for loading, ports should be on par besides 4k resolutions. We haven't seen anything yet.

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Kyuu aTokenYeti (on 15 March 2022)

And I think it's very unlikely.

Sony's forecast and Lisa Su's comments on shortage improvment aren't aging well so far, but we're still in Q1, things can drastically change . Series S would not be selling as well if PS5 and Series X were available in higher quantities.

What everyone doubted was the deterioration of the shortage, because all evidence at the time pointed to an improvement of production in 2022.

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Otter aTokenYeti (on 15 March 2022)

I wouldn't say people doubted the viability but more the demand for it. Early sales indicated thst people strongly prefer Series X as a platform as there was always Series S' on shelves last year prior to the holiday

Itd be interesting to see how much is preference for Series S now (more casual audiences? People looking for a gamepass machine) versus people settling for whatevers available. Im thinking its the latter but either way its a win for MS, no one really accounted for the chip shortage and how Series S would allow MS to get out more units, more easily

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scrapking Otter (on 16 March 2022)

The Series S isn't on shelves in all markets. Series S supply and demand has been hitting parity at different times in different markets. It seems to have hit parity in Asia first, Europe second, and the U.S. third. From what I've seen, Series S supply still hasn't matched demand in Canada. Every time I look at the major online stores in Canada, at least one is sold out of Series S stock (and usually closer to half of them). Not sure if that says more about demand or more about supply (though, like the U.S., Canada has long been a strong market for Xbox.... Canada was actually a stronger market for Xbox than the U.S. for the OG model back in the early 2000s, thanks to higher broadband penetration in Canada).

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VAMatt (on 15 March 2022)

This is great news for Xbox.

In some sense, I still think this data has relatively little meaning, because supply does not meet demand with any of the current generation consoles. But, as we saw in the 8th generation, success begets success. So, regardless of the reason that Xbox is selling better than PlayStation in many areas, that early success is likely to snowball. Even with cross-platform play, there are still people buying the console that their friends have. So, the better Xbox does now, the better we can expect it to do throughout the generation.

  • +5
Mr Puggsly (on 15 March 2022)

Two Reasons!

  1. Probably because Series S is easy to find.
  2. Xbox is better.
  • +4
ironmanDX Mr Puggsly (on 15 March 2022)

Eksbawks is teh best box?

  • +1
vgmkyle (on 14 March 2022)

Congrats to XBOX community and Microsoft. Best comeback I've seen in a while.

  • +4
shikamaru317 (on 15 March 2022)

When you think about the fact that Sony had a big AAA exclusive in February, Horizon: Forbidden West, the fact that Xbox Series still managed to outsell PS5 really speaks volumes about just how bad Sony's PS5 production capability has become. PS5 is now only outselling Xbox in a single market that we know of (that both consoles are officially released in), Japan, mainland Europe was long considered an impenetrable Sony stronghold, but now Nintendo has moved into a comfortable 1st place in mainland Europe while PS has fallen to 3rd place due to poor stock. The latest Spain charts had just 75 PS5 and 140 PS4 sold vs 1050 Xbox Series sold, and Spain was once one of Sony's strongest European markets in terms of marketshare percentage. Clearly something has gone badly wrong with the supply chain for some PS5 part or parts, a part or parts that Microsoft must be getting from a totally different suppliers for their Xbox Series consoles.

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ironmanDX shikamaru317 (on 15 March 2022)

Hmm, perhaps something to do with their SSD implementation.... Quite a few more things semi custom or completely custom on the ps5 opposed to the series x/s.

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shikamaru317 ironmanDX (on 15 March 2022)

Yeah, it could be any number of things. PS5 uses a Western Digital SSD while Xbox Series uses Seagate I believe, so Western Digital is one potential source for the supply chain issues on PS5. Sony could get their RAM modules from a different manufacturer from Xbox possibly, that could be another potential source. Could be the power supply manufacturer, could be the supplier for the motherboard on PS5 or some single part of the motherboard.

Running into a single severe supply chain issue on any single part can send production to a near halt until an alternative supplier can be lined up, and there is always a possibility that an alternative supplier can't be lined up due to how high in demand all computer parts are right now, all of the alternatives could be backed up for months due to contracts they have signed with other parties.

It's a scary thought, but this could just as easily happen to Xbox, some huge covid outbreak or strike in one of the facilities that makes one of the necessary Xbox Series components, and suddenly Xbox Series production comes to a screeching halt.

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DonFerrari (on 14 March 2022)

That is surprising, but well PS5 can't sell if there isn't stock.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 14 March 2022)

Lets not ignore that Series X's aren't that much easier to find either.

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ironmanDX Azzanation (on 15 March 2022)

That seems to be a choice by MS though. Heavily skewed in favour of the series S leaves a lot of room for interpretation but we can safely assume that it's greater than 60/40

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Azzanation ironmanDX (on 15 March 2022)

I don't believe MS are making a lot of consoles in general due to other avenues to play their games, however that doesn't take away the fact that they are both hard to find and that one outsold the other recently.

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Otter Azzanation (on 15 March 2022)

Thats why sales are being driven by series S

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Azzanation Otter (on 15 March 2022)

So the Series S must be doing crazy numbers than, if its carrying the brand to 2nd place.

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DonFerrari Azzanation (on 16 March 2022)

Nope, the stock of PS5 and Series X being low is what is driving it.

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Otter Azzanation (on 16 March 2022)

You don't need to sell crazy numbers to overtake a console with significantly worse stock problems. For reference only 75 PS5s were sold in Spain last week lol. MS sold 1000 series consoles the same week which is solid for their brand but nothing amazing

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Azzanation Otter (on 16 March 2022)

Well guess MS were alot smarter with the Series S than many believed.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 16 March 2022)

I wonder if Sony airlifted more stock over the holidays than Microsoft did, inflating Sony's Q4 2021 sales, and correspondingly reducing Sony's Q1 2022 sales? Sony acknowledged they were doing that at least in the UK over the holidays. If they subsequently went back to exclusively sea shipping that would create a unit lag that would easily allow Xbox to pull into second place over Sony.

Combine that with Series S being easier to manufacture in volume than either Series X or PS5, and you'd have the end result we see here. It's at least a possible theory.

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H3ADShOt3 (on 14 March 2022)

When was the last time xbox outsold playstation in EU?

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aTokenYeti H3ADShOt3 (on 14 March 2022)

Probably 2007. I can’t remember a single time the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in Europe

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trunkswd aTokenYeti (on 14 March 2022)

Taking a quick look at our sales data the last time I see Xbox outsold PlayStation in Europe in any given month was July 2010. That was the month the Xbox 360 S model launched. It is possible I missed another month Xbox was ahead as I just took a quick glance.

  • +5
Dante9 (on 15 March 2022)

Another thing affected by the war, as meaningless as it is in the bigger picture, but still. One just can't catch a break trying to acquire the more powerful consoles. Distribution to Russia has been suspended, so that should basically mitigate the issue somewhat, but then again Russia is not as big a console market as you would think. And there are logistical problems now because China cannot move freight through Russia at the moment.

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NextGen_Gamer (on 14 March 2022)

A $399 Xbox Series X would be very interesting. Just like with PS5, taking away the 4K Blu-ray drive from Microsoft's point of view would probably only save $10-$15 off the bill of materials. It isn't that costly of a part. However, the idea is that without it, all game sales go through the Xbox Store and therefore Microsoft gets a full 30% of that sale; no lower amounts due to retailer fees. And no used game sales to cut them out completely. At $70/game, a person would only need to buy 4-5 titles to make-up the difference between a $399 digital only Series X and the current $499 model.

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aTokenYeti NextGen_Gamer (on 14 March 2022)

Given global inflationary trends and shortages of key components I do not think a $399 Series X would be viable. In fact I would imagine that Sony is regretting launching a $399 SKU of the PS5, and that is evidenced by how few of those digital edition PS5s they are making.

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twintail aTokenYeti (on 14 March 2022)

The digital PS5 has always been manufactured in lower quantities since launch. I don't think the current situation changes anything because they've always priortised the more expensive SKU and it's been constantly sold out.

As long as they're pulling revenue from other avenues of their gaming business, the cheaper PS5 isn't a massive burden by any means.

  • +9
scrapking twintail (on 16 March 2022)

It sounds like Sony breaks even and/or makes a profit on the PS5 Disc but sells the PS5 Digital at a loss, which might affect which they're willing to make more of.

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scrapking aTokenYeti (on 16 March 2022)

Just dropping the BD-ROM drive wouldn't get the Series X down to $399 (unless Microsoft prices it artificially low, as Sony did with the PS5 Digital). So more likely an all-digital Series X would be $450 standalone, or $499 bundled with something. I think the latter would make the most sense, sell a bundled Series X digital for the same price as the Series X Disc standalone.

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gtotheunit91 (on 14 March 2022)

That's very unexpected. The shortages for Sony are probably worse than we thought as Europe has been pretty PlayStation favored.

Console sales for PlayStation should never be struggling like this after 2 major first party exclusives releasing so close to each other as I imagine March won't be much better.

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trunkswd gtotheunit91 (on 14 March 2022)

Our estimates have Xbox Series X|S ahead of PS5 in Europe in February. I was on the fence about it, but the data we have showed very low PS5 shipment figures for the month.

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Pemalite gtotheunit91 (on 14 March 2022)

The Series S just has a more efficient to produce CPU... And requires less DRAM and NAND chips, so it's no surprise that it can be produced far more readily which translates to a higher volume of sales in a market that is supply constrained.

It's also a potential turning point for Microsoft... As the Series S is very much marketed as a Gamepass box... Plus the games are being pumped out now.

  • +2
AdvanceWebSolutions (on 15 March 2022)

Not finding an answer to the stock shortages really shot Sony in the foot. I went into GameStop the other day you still can't get one or even preorder one it's ridiculous. The other problem is their shitty State of Plays with no big announcements each time. It's brought public perception down. They are waiting for VR2 but are losing ground in the meantime by keeping so quiet.

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