We’ve not had any official Xbox One sales figures for seven years.
It’s official! Xbox One sales have largely been in the shadows until now. Microsoft has finally acknowledged that the PS4 has outsold its predecessor, the Xbox One — by many times.
Microsoft discontinued reporting Xbox One sales figures at the beginning of the financial year of 2016, focusing on Xbox Live numbers. This meant that we’ve never really been able to know how the Xbox One was holding up in comparison to the PS4 following the Xbox One’s disastrous launch. Analyst estimates consistently place Microsoft in third place, behind Sony and Nintendo and files ( Word doc) submitted to Brazil’s competition regulator (spotted via Luster from Game Luster) are finally able to provide some insight into exactly how Xbox One generation went.
“Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than twice as many Xbox in the last generation,” acknowledges Microsoft as translated from Portuguese.
Sony has stopped reporting PS4 shipment numbers, meaning the total sales for the entire year were 117.2 million in March. Although Microsoft hasn’t released specific Xbox One sales figures, its admission indicates that it has sold less than 58.5 million units. This is in line with market studies from Ampere Analytic for 2020. They estimated the installed base of Xbox One at 51 million units by Q2 of 2020. Nintendo Switch currently sits at 111.08 million lifetime sales and is expected to surpass the PS4 by the end of this year.
However, Microsoft appears to be closing this gap with the launch of its Xbox Series S / X consoles. Ampere analysis reports that “Sony ended 2021 with PS5 cumulative sell-through reaching 17 million units, around 1.6 times the performance of Xbox Series sales.” As Microsoft has rewritten a quarter-long hardware revenue drop for Xbox recently, its CEO Satya Nadella claimed that Microsoft had “been the market leader in North America for three quarters in a row among next-gen consoles.” Microsoft isn’t yet hasn’t released its official Xbox numbers for sales.
The Xbox One might not have been well-received. However, Microsoft’s work on its Xbox One generation laid some essential foundations to create future versions of the Xbox Series S / X. Microsoft transitioned into the Xbox Series X with 1440p support and the variable rate refresh (VRR) and a plethora of games running at 120Hz all at the time, thanks to testing these features on earlier Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft’s admissions of the weak Xbox One sales come as part of a broader discussion between Sony and Microsoft regarding their disagreement over the Xbox producer’s purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Sony and Microsoft are battling over Call of Duty games, game subscriptions, and many other issues as Microsoft seeks to get the acquisition from Brazil. Microsoft has also stated in documents filed with Brazilian authorities that Sony paid the company for “blocking rights” to stop developers from adding their games to Xbox Game Pass.