The Xbox Series X And S Have Sold More Than 20 Million Units

It has been 24 months since the 9th gen consoles went on sale.

Since releasing 2 years ago, the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S combined have sold over 20,000,000 units. This is according to data from VGChartz, which tracks the data of console sales. The Xbox consoles broke 20 million units during the week of November 27th – December 3rd.


Key Takeaways

  • The Xbox Series X|S has sold 20 million units since its launch.
  • Sales data show that the Series X|S is outpacing the Xbox One
  • The Series X|S still lags behind the Nintendo Switch and PS5.

While Microsoft has not given unit sales for the Xbox One era, you could infer that the X|S is outpacing the Xbox One in sales. According to VGChartz, the Xbox One had lifetime unit sales of 51 million since its launch in 2013. 2 years out and the X|S is nearing half that figure.

According to VGChartz, the sales for the week of November 27th – December 3rd as well as total unit lifetime sales are as follows:

  1. Switch – 932,599 (118,202,128)
  2. PlayStation 5 – 698,791 (28,255,097)
  3. Xbox Series X|S – 591,167 (20,255,744)
  4. PlayStation 4 – 5,815 (117,033,125)
  5. Xbox One – 117 (51,278,915)

The Xbox One was not a popular console at all during the 2010s. It sold nearly half as many units as the PS4. Microsoft’s focus on TV and media during the Xbox One launch as well as lackluster exclusives hurt its console during the last generation. 

This generation, however, Microsoft has played catch up. The Series X|S trail the PS5 by several million units. This is not as wide of a gap that existed in the last generation but the X|S has drawn more excitement from consumers than the Xbox One. 

It also helps that Microsoft also offers the Xbox Series S, a budget console that can often be found for under $300. The Xbox Series X costs as much as the PS5, starting at around $500. Despite this, both consoles are in short supply and often have to be bought for a premium on sites like eBay and StockX. 

Xbox sales are strongest in North America, followed by Europe. Xbox sold 411,369 in North America and 149,348 units in units in Europe during the week of November 27th – December 3rd. The PS5 sold 437,738 and 149,348 respectively. 

While the X|S and PS5 are hits, neither come close to the sales of the Nintendo Switch, which has sold over 110 million units globally.

These unit sales are calculated with a methodology that is around 10% of the range of actual unit sales, and Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo rarely report exact unit sales. VGChartz calculates these figures based on retail trends and sampling in each market. 

The Xbox Series X|S has definitely outperformed previous consoles, and Microsoft has finally found its footing again after a strong Xbox 360 era. 

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Matthew Toledo


Matt is a student from the US. He is an avid gamer and is interested in the intersection of the gaming industry and finance. He is a fan of Halo, Mass Effect, and Star Wars and anything Sci-fi.

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