It Sounds Like Xbox One Sales Have Reached At Least 5 Million Units

[UPDATE] Microsoft has now removed the 5 million figure from its original Xbox Wire blog post.

[UPDATE] Microsoft has since removed a line in this Xbox Wire blog post that mentioned "five million Xbox One gamers..." It now reads, "To date, millions of Xbox One gamers have created more than 500 million clips..." (emphasis added).

The original story is below.

Though it's still unconfirmed, it sure sounds like the Xbox One has now sold-through at least 5 million units since the console's launch in November 2013. This would be up from 3 million units sold through the end of the year, meaning Microsoft has shifted at least two million additional consoles so far in 2014.

Microsoft's announcement of 5 million Xbox One units sold was made quite quietly. In an Xbox Wire post detailing new Xbox One Upload Studio features, Microsoft said, "To date, five million Xbox One gamers have created more than 500 million clips…" (emphasis added).

In a statement to GameSpot, David Dennis of Xbox Platform Communications said, "The five million gamers referenced in the blog posting was related to the number of gamers that have used Upload and posted a video of their gameplay on Xbox One."

If five million gamers have used Upload on Xbox One, then it's likely that the console has sold through at least 5 million systems to date. However, it's also possible that someone with an Xbox Live account used Upload Studio on a friend or roommate's Xbox One, thereby inflating the 5 million figure beyond what it might actually be. At the same time, this potential inflation could be balanced out by the number of people who have never even used Upload Studio; as such, the real figure could even be above 5 million.

In terms of hard numbers, Microsoft announced in April that it had sold-in 5 million Xbox One units, but this figure only represented units sold to retailers and not necessarily sold through to consumers. Microsoft has not officially announced a new sales figure for the platform since. By comparison, Sony announced last week during Gamescom that it had sold more than 10 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide as of August 10. The PS4 sold 1 million units on launch day (the Xbox One did that, too), and 4.2 million systems by the end of 2013. That means so far in 2014, Sony has sold at least 5.8 million PS4s.

Microsoft has been open about being the current underdog in the home console race. Most recently, Xbox boss Phil Spencer acknowledged the challenge the Xbox One faces in the wake of strong PS4 sales, but said this generation is only just beginning.

Currently, the PS4 is available in substantially more markets than the Xbox One, at least until Microsoft's console comes to 29 new markets in September. In addition, the Xbox One launches in the potentially massive market of China next month. Sony has revealed plans to bring the PlayStation platform to China, but has not announced any launch details.

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Discussion

1075 comments
the22for4
the22for4

If the gap continues to grow, expect Microsoft to continue making changes to the Xbox One to make it more desirable to gamers

ohara1974
ohara1974

ive never used studio upload SNAP hand gestures.....only use voice once its on.....

navigation with voice while using an app is useless ie Netflix

YELLING XBOX TURN ON is frustrating....

not a fan of this system at all.....long on talk short on delivery.....

PS4 on the other hand is just flat...nothing exciting nothing frustrating....

this era of gaming is starting out extremely lame.....

theres no must have titles for either console.....theres some good games but nothing that has me saying WOW i want that!!!! E3 and gamescom was about as boring a gaming expos ive ever watched...

Modern warfare was the must have title for me.... which propelled me to buy a 360 because my friends said that xbox live was better than PSN even though you paid for LIVE.....

Titianfall was supposed to be the Modern warfare equivalent.....to drive console sales that never happened....because titianfall was just a combination of call of duty halo and mech warrior......when modern warfare released there were no modern warfare type games out well SOCOM was out but it was small squad based missions.....it was WW2 all day every day.....there were some Vietnam war games......medal of honor did a Vietnam game......NAM 67 was an excellent game i would have liked to see have a franchise.......

zakaweb
zakaweb

If you're stupid and you know it clap your hands.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

and why would that make a difference anyways. in this comment section everyone act like they are some kind of analyst or they would profit from such numbers. relax is a console. 

sljustshowedup
sljustshowedup

Xbox One is selling more in the US then the ps45678

Playstation whatever is selling more world wide cuz there open in more country's I want playstation to do good but I can't stand those who think that based on the numbers xbox is doing bad ? Lol

brownyyy
brownyyy

Why is everyone talking about this like it matters who cares. No one on this site probably has a reason to care which console is selling more. PS4 is selling loads great I just don't get the side taking, the general tribalism of gamers in general shows why companies constantly Screw the so called hardcore gamers because you are all bitter, mostly stupid, sheep who for some reason or other think that Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Steam actually care about you as an individual. They don't if your going to just blindly follow a piece of plastic and argue with anyone who thinks differently then go jump of a bridge the world already has enough problems with people just like you.

xrizz1066
xrizz1066

Ms usual spin and bullshit to prop up its weak machine

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

I think they are hiding their numbers because they are ashamed of them ^^

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

They should just post the numbers.  If its 4 million sold, then cool.  thats not a bad number.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am betting Xbox One has sold 4 million at most. This is what happens when you try to stab your fanbase in the back with DRM, no used games, mandatory Kinect, and always online initial policies. The fact that it is such a weak console also kills it even now.

acp_45
acp_45

What is this ? 

:/ 

umadbro82
umadbro82

Sooooo they're not moving at all then? lol

Cyberjin
Cyberjin

[UPDATE] Microsoft has now removed the 5 million figure from its original Xbox Wire blog post.

lol ;)

jasongardner19
jasongardner19

This might sound crazy to a lot of Sony fans, but I think Microsoft is smart not to release any number yet, since they have 29 countries to lunch in September. They also stated that September, October, November and December will be there most important months. Forza horizon 2, Halo, sunset overdrive etc. lunches in those months. I think Microsoft will provide numbers in January. I also think that Microsoft already sold 8 million, I don’t use bias journalism to make my point, I actually calculate it for myself, by using a combination of last year and this year financial reports. And so let me explain:

Microsoft sold 3 million Xbox one console between November and December.

Microsoft also stated that last year say sold a total of 9.8 console, a combination of Xbox one and 360.

So you would go ahead and say   9.8 - 3 = 6.8 

So they sold 6.8 million Xbox 360 last year.

The recent report also stated that a combination of 11.7 million Xbox one and 360 was sold in 2014 as of June.

The report also stated the sale of Xbox 360 was down comparing to last year.

But we do not know how many 360 sold this year, all we know that sale is less than last year, so I assume that they will sell less than 6.8 million this year.

Since they sold a combination of 11.7 Xbox this year, I say 11.7 Xbox - 6.8 Xbox 360 = 4.9.

I only use last year Xbox 360 numbers since I do not have this year’s numbers, but I am sure it’s less than 6.8 this year since sales have decrease.

So 3 million Xbox one between November and December 2013 plus this year Xbox one sale which I subtract from the 11.7 where I got 4.9

3 + 4.9 = 7.9 million.

So I think Microsoft sold about 8 million or more Xbox one, they just waiting to release numbers after the holiday.

bradm4ever
bradm4ever

Because the xb1 is doing bad kid.

The PS4 is crushing the xb1 in the United States. It has beaten the xb1 7 months in a row.

sljustshowedup
sljustshowedup

Stab ur fan base or just step up n take it to another level

DRM was actually a good option but u dumb ass sony sucking cockroaches D don't know

Keep it cool xbox should've ignored the people who hated on it n still put the xbox one out as they planned

I would of been delighted

swungsolid
swungsolid

Sony was gonna do the same, they were just hush hush about it

UncleAnesthesia
UncleAnesthesia

@jasongardner19 I own and love the Xbox One, but c'mon man, learn to read a report!


Fiscal Year 2014 does not -- I repeat, DOES NOT -- mean Jan. 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014. In the case of Microsoft it means July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014. Don't believe me, look it up.


With that in mind, your 4.9 number is probably pretty accurate for the number of Xbox Ones sold between Nov. 2013 and the end of June 2013. With July and most of August passed by, they have probably sold 5 million to 5.5 million units in total since it released.


Sales are fun if you are an investor, but at the end of the day I'm happy because I love the games. You should be too. MS is in second place and that is fine. The first Xbox was in second place, the 360 was in second/third place (depending on PS3 sales). 


None of that mattered to me because the Xbox and Xbox 360 had the games I wanted to play and, in my opinion, the best multiplayer service this side of the PC. Enjoy the games, not the investor reports.

turianshepard
turianshepard

@jasongardner19 My God, some of this fanboy hamstering is just crazy. They have only shipped 5.5 million consoles, your sales #'s prediction is literally impossible.

Psythce
Psythce

Did you not get the memo stating they only SHIPPED 5 million consoles so far?

Where you get your numbers dude?

5 million shipped, it's been estimated that approximately 3.5 - 4 mil units MIGHT have been sold, XB1 is slowly moving but it's moving

xrizz1066
xrizz1066

I'm pointing out the bulshit spin m$ put out. Same way as Phil says 1080 doesn't matter. Then turns out m$ were desperate to push Diablo to 1080. I'm not hateing the x1. It's an inferior machine just pointing that out.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@swungsolid Don't try to reason with the fanboys as they are blinded by their brand loyalty.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@xrizz1066 they pushed lazy blizzard because their 2004 engine should at least make it to 1080p because its a laughable engine for a 2014 game. 

brownyyy
brownyyy

@xrizz1066  So why do you feel then need to point this out to people. your talking about something someone said out on context as well as them being about to different things as a whole 1080p is not important people by games because of gameplay. Resolution to an extent is meaningless. There is not spin I think Phil Spencer knows no matter what people will hate MS products because for some reason people hate MS. I mean all I got to look at is the fact you put M$.

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

That article doesn't prove your argument at all. I think you're just a tr0ll. Either that or you're the internet dumba$$ of the day, you pick.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@jasongardner19 @turianshepard XBox 1 did not launch until Q2 of fiscal year 2014. It recorded no sales in FY 2013. None of the 9.8 million units in FY 2013 count towards Ones sales.  


Also thank you for the link. Your numbers are right the dates are off. 

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Psythce - your point? It doesn't change that they have shipped 5 million new consoles. so it's impossible, literally, impossible to sell more than 5. 


the fact that they removed the "5million" from their statement just goes to show you that they are embarrassed by the sales numbers. You do realize that Sony outsold them 3:1 worldwide in the last quarter right?


it makes literally zero sense at all to suggest they are anything more than 5 million deep. 

jasongardner19
jasongardner19

@Jdzspace @jasongardner19 @Psythce  when you fools going to think for yourself?, we be hearing that Microsoft ship 5 million ship for over 5 months now, so if Microsoft do not give you an exact number in the next 10 years,i guess that 5 million ship will still be your number. no one knows how much Microsoft sold, these journalist just attaching that same 5 million ship number for over 5 months now.

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Lol, such a fanboy fool. Nov and Dec 2013 are part of ms 2014 fiscal calendar, now run your number, jacka$$. You don't even know what their fiscal calendar is and you're here making these dumb comments, you're either a tr0ll or a ret@rd, you pick.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @Psythce - last years numbers are meaningless. you can't assume that they shipped the EXACT same number, or more this year. last year was different. obviously. and it was actually 2 month ago where they announced they shipped 5million new consoles, not 5. so if they shipped 5 million 7 months, how does it make any sense at all that you presume they shipped 3 million in the last 2? 


especially when you take into account that they aren't selling well enough to warrant that kind of shipping. 


they dont' just ship an arbitrary number of consoles on a weekly, or monthly basis. 


it's not like they will for sure ship X amount this year because they shipped X amount last year. It has to do if the retailers ORDER the systems. 


have you heard anything about a shortage? or even of the systems being sold out? anything to that effect? in your own town? 


no. why would the ship tons of new consoles when in most retailers you can still find titanfall bundles sitting on shelves?


it makes literally no sense

RobDev
RobDev

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @Psythce if you cannot understand what financial year means to MS don't even bother arguing. you are making yourself look like a f00l. the more you "argue" with your "facts" the dumber you are looking.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @Psythce - well sincewe know for a fact they have shipped 5 million new consoles in the last 9 months. and they have not been in short supply at all, we can also presume they shipped another 1 million units since then (for the new kinect less console). which would be a little bit less than they shipped for the consoles initial launch in December. 


Again, you have to factor in demand to all of this. There was a lot more demand for Microsoft consoles in December then there were in June. 


So let's say they have shipped 5 million original consoles (including bundles), and 1 million kinectless consoles. 


again, we know that there is hurting supply for either console right now. so out of a max of 6 million consoles, it's safe to assume they have sold between 4.5-6 million consoles. 


but 8 million, is literally impossible if you take all the factors into account

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @Psythce - no, i'm not 100% clear on when the fiscal year starts, but I don't think it would include the first 3 million consoles sold from December to january.....could be wrong here. But I assume you know the exact dates

jasongardner19
jasongardner19

@Jdzspace @jasongardner19 @Psythce That is almost what i trying to explain, the 3 million is separate i just add the 3 million to 4.9 million. But overhaul i do not know the exact number they sold, No one knows until Microsoft release that number, but i am sure from the report they sold well over 5 million they just don't want to release numbers. even if they sold only 5 million they still doing better than the 360. they are only in 13 countries and they were also approve by china to sell 5 million console in that country this year, i think as consumers we should be able to try and find out detail information for our-self, because the media is only here to create console wars, this is a way for their articles to get more views and comments, they're not going to tell you what you suppose to hear, they going to tell you what you want to hear.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @Psythce - there is no way that Microsoft could have sold that many consoles, while being outsold by a HUGE margin overseas AND getting beaten in the US consistently. 


Especially if they haven't outsold Sony a single month this calender year, in ANY territory. There is no way that could happen. Microsoft can hide the numbers all they like, but we get the American numbers and the overseas figures from other sources. 


there is no way they could be losing overseas by the margin they are, and yet, only be a few million behind. 


it's literally not possible

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Ms fiscal year is July 1 2013 through June 30th of 2014, so it was 11.7 from then. Take out the 5 million x1 sold and you have 6.7 million 360's sold in that time period. You're a fool, stop talking about stuff obviously beyond your feeble comprehension.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @Psythce - if it wasn't for the fact that everything we have read over the 10 months is about Microsoft being outsold by Sony 3:1 overseas, being outsold in the US every single month. 


there is no way to logically make the argument that they have sold anywhere near that number. 


If Sony hit 10million, while outselling Microsoft worldwide by at LEAST a 2:1 margin every month since the new calender year. and we know for a fact that Sony has outsold Microsoft every month in the US (by nowhere near the margin that is overseas). 


than it make no sense to presume Microsoft has sold that many consoles. 


to even follow that train of thought, doesn't make sense. 


Sony sold 4.3 million consoles by January. It has sold 5.7 (roughly) since then. 

Sony has beaten Microsoft in sales every month, in every territory, in every metric to present day. In order for your logic to ring true, it would mean that Microsoft actually kept pace with Sony at best, and outsold Sony by worst, ,all while getting beaten like a drum month to month, AND getting outsold by a 2:1 margin worldwide....on a good month. 


Do you see how your logic falls apart? It's just literally not possible. If something like that WERE happening, we would hear of shortages, we would hear of backorders, we would SEE consoles not being available locally, we would see the sales numbers month to month. 


none of that is there, you are reaching ,ignoring all of the other facts of the situation. Including what we know for sure, because we have no problem getting Sony's numbers, and we get monthly reports worldwide as to how the sales are going. 

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@jasongardner19 Good try but your dates are incorrect. 9.8 million units fiscal year 2013 ends roughly July.  So the 3.9 million before calendar year end does not add to 2013 total. It's part of the 2014 fiscal year. 


What you are looking at is 


11.7 Million units sold 2014 fiscal

9.8 million units shipped (XBox 360) in fiscal year 2013) 


That leaves XBox one with a potential share of any where from 2.2 to 11.6 million. Depending on what the sales share between One and 360 was. 


Before calendar year end, the One shipped 3.9 million. (not sold)

I think 5-6 million is correct looking at all the published numbers. 


jasongardner19
jasongardner19

@diggyphelps you are a clown, i won't even go over that again, but show me where you got the 5 million from and where you get the 6.7 million 360 from?

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@diggyphelps - well that changes the whole landscape of the argument doesn't it? selling 6.7  million 360's makes sense. especially since the 360 outsold the new console every month until what? June? or May?

jasongardner19
jasongardner19

@Jdzspace In order for your logic to make sense we need numbers from both side.lol. also if Sony out sell Microsoft 3 to 1 that means Xbox would only sold a little over 3 million up to now, and if the already sold 3 million from December that means they been selling zero(0) over the last 7 months.lol. and when you said world wide, Xbox is only in 13 countries. i would say January is when Microsoft will release there numbers.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @diggyphelps - and keep in mind. in order for anything you say to be correct, that would mean that Microsoft sold out of the 5 million they shipped AND shipped and sold an additional 3 million consoles....in the last 60 days. 


all while not outselling Sony (who was at 8 miilion at the point Microsoft said they shipped 5 million consoles). 


do you see how it makes literally no sense? or are you so prideful that you refuse to see you are incorrect?

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Learn to read.

Ms fiscal year is July 1 2013 through June 30th of 2014, so it was 11.7 from then. Take out the 5 million x1 sold and you have 6.7 million 360's sold in that time period. You're a fool, stop talking about stuff obviously beyond your feeble comprehension.

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Exactly, I'm not sure if this guy is really this delusional or if he is tr0lling.

deoblo15
deoblo15

Ok, look man I love xbox too, but everyone knows we're getting our asses kicked. Whether it be from the bad launch, the inferior hardware, whatever or whoever you'd like to blame. I just ask that you be logical at least. You and Jdzspace are both right in a way. We DON'T know the numbers, but the articles WILL inform you that it's either 2:1 or sometimes 3:1 SO logically 1/3 of what Sony claims (10,000,000) IS a mere 3,300,000 OR 1/2 would be 5,000,000. From them changing their statement from 5 million gamers to "millions of gamers" PLUS their loss of $400,000 it's safe to assume they're a bit under 5 million.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace - not only is what you said not true. But mathematically it's one of the most untrue things you could think of. It is easy to determine one set of numbers by logically thinking through a related set of numbers. 


what Microsoft sold in 2013 has almost nothing to do with overseas, it was mostly America, keep in mind it launched in america first then overseas the following week and sold that first million. 


and it being outsold by a 2:1 or 3:1 margin is not a point of contention, it is a fact backed up by reports coming from overseas territories. So your pushing that aside makes your argument not true on it's face


the bottom line is. Sony has sold 5.7 million units since January. we know that for a fact 


so explain to me, in your belief after outselling Microsoft in the US every month, AND beating them overseas by at the least a 2.1 margin......in 13 more territories, that Microsoft has only sold 700k less consoles. 


and accomplished this, while still not outselling Sony in any territory on earth since December?


I would like to hear your answer to that

jasongardner19
jasongardner19

@diggyphelps you havn't answer my question, where did you get the 6.7 million 360 from and where that you saw that 5 million Xbox one sold?

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@diggyphelps -  pretty sure he's tr0lling. :p


hard to explain away the concrete evidence

deoblo15
deoblo15

I Meant their loss of $400,000,000

turianshepard
turianshepard

@jasongardner19 @turianshepard @diggyphelps What are you even trying to argue at this point? you have been proven wrong. You didn't know MS's fiscal calendar or the amount of consoles shipped to retailers, yet you're still here trying to pass off your fabricated #'s. I was laughing at you, but at this point it's just becoming sad.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @turianshepard @diggyphelps - probably part of the reason they removed the 5 million than huh?


another part would probably be that there are multiple gamer tags per console overall. so really over 5 million gamers could mean there are far less than 5 million sold

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Lol, well I got my numbers from all the reports that have been released. You didn't even know when the fiscal year started, go tr0ll somewhere else.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @turianshepard @Jdzspace @diggyphelps - you are arguing against yourself. Because I have laid out for you pretty easily how while you can't know Microsoft's EXACT numbers. You can EASILY prove that they are nowhere near 8 million. you can prove pretty conclusively that best case scenario it's 6. 


the only way to even insinuate otherwise is to presume they sold 3 million + consoles 60 days, which is just not possible. since they have failed to outsell Sony in the last 2 months. and they have only sold 2 million in that timeframe

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace - why do you think that? that isn't what they said. they didnt' say anything like that. 


and remember, the 5 million gamers part was removed from the announcement. 


you are reaching for something you have no evidence to support

jasongardner19
jasongardner19

@turianshepard @jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @diggyphelps I already know when is the fiscal year. and i also stated clearly that no one knows Microsoft numbers and probably wont until January.and i think they sold well over 5 million in only 13 countries. They lunch in 29 countries this September. Also, this is a Xbox article, so any trolls here would most likely be Sony fans arguing about numbers. 

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@jasongardner19 @Jdzspace @turianshepard @diggyphelps - your point? we already know they sold 3.2 million by january. where your argument falls apart is where you presume they sold 3 million consoles in 60 days, outselling Sony in that same time frame. 


yet they did it while Sony outsold them by all reports in every territory the 2 share. 


that is where you lose the argument