Xbox One Sales "More Than Double" During June in US After Dropping Kinect

Microsoft announces a sales bump for its console, but doesn't provide any specific numbers.

Ahead of the release of the NPD Group's monthly report for June tomorrow, Microsoft has announced that sales of the Xbox One in the United States "more than double[d]" in June after the $400 model went on sale on June 9.

Microsoft failed to provide us with any specific sales figures for the month, nor did it update us on the total number of Xbox One consoles it has sold. Instead, all it provided us with is the vague statement about selling more than twice as many consoles in the U.S. "since June 9" as compared with May. The language in this announcement is confusing, and we've followed up with Microsoft to find out exactly what period it accounts for.

Regardless, as we never got sales numbers for May, either, it makes it difficult to glean much from this. The one thing we can tell is that the company did see a sales bump following its E3 announcements and the system being offered for $400 without Kinect.

Microsoft announced in May that it would sell the Xbox One without Kinect for the first time beginning in June. This brought the system's price down $100 from that of the $500 Kinect bundle, which continues to be sold alongside the Kinect-less version. The company has insisted it will continue to support Kinect, and has claimed that dropping it will ultimately lead to more Kinect sales overall.

To date, Sony's PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One worldwide. The latest official numbers put the PS4 at 7 million units sold (as of April 6) and the Xbox One at 3 million units sold (as of December 31), with 5 million shipped to retailers (as of March 31).

Did offering an Xbox One without Kinect get you to pick one up in June? Let us know in the comments.

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elheber
elheber

NPD sales figures showed the Wii U sales tripled in the same time period. Without a price cut.

orbit991
orbit991

Still dont get the choosing of an inferior product simply because now it's the same price as the better PS4 product. When I buy a new video card I could care less if it's Nvidia or AMD I go and look at benchmark tests, then settle for the best fps/per dollar in the upper range cards, look up some more reviews to solidify my decision and call it a day. Why do people buy an xbox1? is it the handful of exclusive games?

pain_Soa
pain_Soa

@orbit991 yeah of course... anyone buying a game console should just get the one that has the exclusives they like the best....

in the end the graphics don't make a difference, unless you're sitting 3ft away of a 60" screen....

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@orbit991 you forget that the xbox has more features than the ps4. and the controller is amazing. 

orbit991
orbit991

@gunnmetal @orbit991 Ddint forget, it just doesn't matter to me, my pc has a hell of a lot more features and better controls, however I do use a xbox controller sometimes as well. PS4's controller is good enough though as well, it's not like it's light years behind.

customx5
customx5

@orbit991 Buying a console is more than just benchmarks, you're buying into a whole eco system. You have to look who has more features and offers a better online multiplayer experience.

a_dark_thought
a_dark_thought

I do not like play stations, never have done. That is why I buy the X1, it is all down to personal choice.

Morde10668
Morde10668

All I wanna know is can I get a refund for this useless piece of junk you claimed I had to buy in order to get a new xbox?

a_dark_thought
a_dark_thought

Lol that's funny. The Kinect is not useless, it is a very good bit of kit and tbh imo no X1 should be without it.

oflow
oflow

Microsoft really needs to stop listening to the fans for some of this stuff.  They are being too reactionary and actually taking away some of their potential advantages in the process.  It makes them look desperate, when the X1 is actually selling pretty well just not as good as the PS4.

People like to say because the X1 isnt matching the numbers of the PS4 that its failing, but the reality is its actually selling better than the 360 was at the same time period so its probably meeting its sales goals its just no one expected the PS4 to sell as much as it did, which IMHO has a lot to do with MS creating their own bad PR since lots of the people that bought PS4s dont even use them and are waiting for next year's exclusives.  The X1 has a higher attach rate for games currently which will get bigger when Sunset Overdrive, Horizon 2 and MCC drop.

Some of these changes are good things like OS updates and features,  but a lot of them arent.  Reversing the original DRM policy in the long run was a bad thing.  I understand that there are some people that dont use the internet, but for the majority of users having the console log into the internet once every 24 hrs wasnt that big of a deal since you log in once every 24 hrs and play anyway.  They catered to the 'slap n da face' whiners and the tinfoil hat people on the internet who are always the people that complain the loudest.

Selling a Kinectless X1 is really  a bad thing too, because what will happen is updates or some killer Kinect app will drop then all the people that bought Kinectless X1's will be complaining about having to buy one when they want to use the features.  They should have just bit the bullet and dropped the price on the unit with the Kinect not remove it entirely.

Just my 3 cents.


Lt_Logan
Lt_Logan

@oflow  This is an informed opinion, and I very much agree. Unfortunately most of the folks in comment sections like these aren't interested in gathering information - just jumping on the negativity bandwagon and bashing whatever they can.


Good post.  

daviz88
daviz88

yes ....text book microsoft 

Red_Frog
Red_Frog

If GameSpot weren't so slow and horrible, I'd go find whoever was calling me a fool several months ago for saying the Kinect was a boat anchor. As is, I'll just leave this here like a tiny paper flag stabbed into a beach.

Red_Frog
Red_Frog

@swodaemtyror Which is cool. I never claimed people don't like it. I just said it wasn't a good idea to force it and it was holding back sales, which seems fairly accurate at this point.

oflow
oflow

@Red_Frog @swodaemtyror Or they could have just included it and made the console w/ Kinect the same price as the PS4. They would make less per console sold but wouldnt have to keep dealing with this issue.

But making the console $100 more and less powerful naturally created a hysteria where people ran out and bought the PS4 instead.

 I personally know quite a few people that bought the PS4 at release because of all the 1080/spec hype at launch but actually never even play their PS4s because they dont like indies so they are basically waiting for 2015 and the exclusives. Which is cool, Sony makes good exclusives but waiting a year and a half is a bit much for me.  I like playing games.

IMHO not buying a Kinect is a mistake because you will want one later when more improvements to the OS come like Cortana.

I bought my X1 as a Titanfall bundle, with the Kinect and the game for $450 which is the same price as a PS4 and a game.  If they had launched it at this price  as a bundle the numbers probably wouldnt be as lopsided as they currently are.

Red_Frog
Red_Frog

@oflow I'm not saying the Kinect can't be compelling to some people but essentially it is a control device that depends on one or both of either movement or sound. I don't want to provide it with movement or sound, so for me it is useless and if forced to buy would be a waste of money. I agree though, in your scenario, the numbers may not have been so lopsided but I'd still be waiting for an option that didn't include Kinect. Removing it from the requirements is, I think, the best move they could have made with the X1 thus far, probably should have been that way from the beginning, and with a story like this rolling in it's all but verified. Basically I see this as the win/win scenario. It lets people who want one get one, those that don't won't have to resent having one and if they change their mind later they can get one at full price. I'm just amazed it took Microsoft this long to see that there weren't any downsides.

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

This comments section was so fun last night before all the 13yo wingnuts showed up to do battle. Sigh

kvan33
kvan33

Anyone who cares about transitioning fully to next gen gaming should be happy about this news.   These cross gen games are stagnating the market.   If this gets more gamers to upgrade then that's a good thing.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

LOL since their may sales didnt do well, it doesnt sound as impressive. im hoping they won the month but it looks like it hasnt

gajbutler
gajbutler

I love Kinect for functions around the UI, sadly Microsoft have done nothing to prove it is worth it with games.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

@gajbutler What?  Yout dont like Kinect sports?  you have to be happy about the TMNT kinect game right?  right?  RIGHT???

oflow
oflow

@daikkenaurora12 @gajbutler Fantasia, D4 & Quantum Break will be the first 'real' Kinect titles.  Its also rumored that Cortana will be used in Halo 5, which i have to say if true with be awesome.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

MS being roundabout pansies again, never giving direct numbers.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Bellum_Sacrum Never?

They gave it at 31 of December last time.

Before that MS gave numbers of every quartal in the X360 lifeline.

Sony was the one who posted shipped numbers and earlier numbers mixed with PS2 sales to make the number prettier.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Bellum_Sacrum  They probably just laid off the person responsible for direct numbers, in the huge layoff they just did.

joey2010
joey2010

How was the Xbox one sales performance worldwide? 


Ms not reporting everything as always.


Fack the USA.

northArrow
northArrow

Neither console has anything to brag about in terms of games

northArrow
northArrow

I disagree. Only Quantum Break looks good right now, and I can't justify a console for one game

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@Bellum_Sacrum @shinjuki @northArrow Titanfall has better scores than the best game for PS4 in actual days, Infamous SS, it's 86 out 100 vs 80 out 100, Forza 5 has better scores than Killzone SF, 80 out 100 vs 73 out 100, Deadrising 3 has way better scores than Knack, it's 78 out 100 vs 54 out 100. Those wore the AAA exclusives, the rest are just multiplats that runs way way WAY better on a PC and indies.

oflow
oflow

@northArrow I dunno you must have a weird taste in games.

 Sunset Overdrive looks good, Horizon 2 looks good, Master Chief Collection looks good, D4 looks good, Phantom Dust looks good, Crackdown looks good, Scalebound, Fable Legends, Cuphead, Below, Inside, Ori & the Blind Forest. Even #IDARB looks good.

Right now Dead Rising 3 is my  current favorite game of this gen.  Titanfall is good, Forza 5 is good. Garden Warfare is good.  Killer Instinct is good. Even max Curse of Brotherhood is good.

nengtaka
nengtaka

@shinjuki @northArrow North was not trying to convince you to hate a console, he was just saying that both consoles don't have a good selection of games yet.

You are planning on getting 20 games by the end of the year? Of those 20, only 2 or 3 must be Xbox One exclusives, then, because they don't have 20 coming out. Of the 10 you have now, how many are actually exclusive? I bet less than half.

I have an Xbox One and love it, but I'm am calling you out on your reasoning.