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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917 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

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.

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

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.

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$.

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. 

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.

swungsolid
swungsolid

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

hina_ken
hina_ken

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

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