It’s now five days since Microsoft officially launched the ninth generation of consoles with the global release of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. In place in the video game industry since November 2001 with the release of the Xbox, Microsoft can only draw a mixed picture of its (almost) 20-year career.
A first Xbox which will not succeed in competing with the PS2 and which will be very quickly abandoned by Microsoft for the arrival of the new machine: The Xbox 360. With nearly 85.5 million copies sold, this second machine is a huge success and will even afford the luxury of competing with the PS3. Alas, success will not be there for a new generation.
Since 2013, Microsoft has failed to compete with its Xbox One against Sony and its PS4. Where the Japanese console is approaching 120 million consoles sold, Microsoft’s machine is struggling to reach 50 million units over the same period.
Since 2016, the teams of Phil Spencer (the director of Xbox) have completely revised the vision of the firm. Xbox is on a new path, emphasizing gamers and ease of access to games and the Microsoft ecosystem as much as possible. The American firm has been preparing its next-gen for four years now. And the launch is not missed!
The best launch in Xbox history
It is therefore through the specialized site VGChartz that the first estimates around the sales of the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S fell. It would therefore be between 1.2 and 1.4 million Microsoft consoles which would have been sold in just 24 hours when the machines were launched.
Thanks to you, we had our largest launch day in Xbox history.
More people are playing than ever before, and what’s better, we’re playing together.
We can’t wait for you to keep showing us the power of play: https://t.co/onflkwpMCD pic.twitter.com/rlQmcYaGB1
– Xbox (@Xbox) November 13, 2020
As the official Xbox Twitter account indicates, this is the best hardware launch in the company’s history. Better than that of the Xbox 360 or even the Xbox One.
Thanks to you, we had our biggest launch day in Xbox history.
More than ever, more and more people are playing, and the best part is that we are playing together.
We can’t wait for you to continue showing us the power of the game!
A very nice score, but let’s not get carried away. Because yes, the previous record was held by the Xbox One, which had sold more than a million machines when it was launched in 2013. For the moment, there would therefore be between 800,000 and 925,000 units of the Xbox Series X that would have elapsed, for 400,000 to 475,000 units for the Xbox Series S.
Do not hesitate to find our test of the Xbox Series X as well as the Xbox Series S on our site and in video. We’ve also provided you with a pre-order guide to make sure you find the machine of your dreams!