Xbox One ships 1.2 million to retailers during 2014's first quarter

Microsoft provides an update on the number of consoles sold to retailers, but not consumers.

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This story has been updated with details from an investors conference call with Microsoft.

Microsoft sold a total of 2 million Xbox consoles during the first three months of 2014, 1.2 million of which were Xbox Ones, the company announced today.

These numbers come as part of the company's quarterly earnings report being issued today. It's important to note that these figures reflect the number of consoles "sold in." In other words, it's the number of consoles that have been shipped to retailers, not the number that have actually been sold and are now sitting in consumers' homes.

Microsoft recently announced it has shipped more than 5 million Xbox Ones since it launched last year. In January, it provided the only official indication of the number of consoles sold through to consumers when it announced 3 million systems had been sold by the end of 2013.

While the number wasn't specifically called out, some simple math tells us roughly 800,000 Xbox 360s were sold in to retailers from January through the end of March, a strong figure for a system that is now more than eight years old. Microsoft says sales of 360 "exceeded expectations."

Microsoft also reports that revenue for the entire Xbox platform--taking into account Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox Live--was up 45% during the quarter, which ran from January 1, 2014 - March 31. Xbox One owners are using the platform for almost five hours per day, no doubt thanks in large part to services like Netflix and the ability to connect a cable box via HDMI to watch TV through the system.

The 2 million consoles shipped is, as you'd expect, well behind the number posted during the final quarter of calendar 2013 (7.4 million), but well above the 1.3 million sold during the first three months of 2013 (when Xbox One was not yet on the market).

Microsoft is holding a conference call with investors this afternoon, so expect to hear more on Xbox One's sales performance soon.

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737 comments
gunnmetal
gunnmetal

anyone complaining about 1080p or resolution or whatever the case may be, i can tell you right now that any TV is not a studio monitor and its pretty much close to garbage you wouldn't be able to edit anything remotely production ready in the graphics world or movies or gaming, so please stop right now. ps4 and x1 looks the same on any tv. 1080p on a stupid 60 inch tv is a stretch resolution about 4x the actual size of 1080p.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

x1 is pretty awesome have you tried it?

kane6911
kane6911

i am buying the x1 over the sony system because to me it's a better system that i would use more. i mean i have no use for a console that is just a game machine so.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

I got the Xbox one and i love it...I'm more an online person. I'll get the ps4 when more exclusive comes out. I'm not into killzone games no more it get boring too fast. The only games i like from sony is twisted metal,uncharted,socom and the last of us. All other games i just get it for the Xbox one, i don't care if is 720p or 900p.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Poor retailers...

BottleOp
BottleOp

I also find this article interesting. Retailers are having a hard time selling XB1 even with price cuts that its causing MS scale down on production.

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/216199/Xbox_One_increases_Microsoft_revenues__but_its_cost_cuts_into_profits.php



"We do expect to work through some inventory in Q4," said Hood, referring in this case to the period between April 1 - June 30, 2014. She also referred to "channel inventory drawdown for Xbox consoles," implying that manufacturing of Xbox consoles will slow or stop, to allow retailers time to work through existing inventory.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

I enjoy both the X1 and PS4. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. Although they both have some really good exclusives coming in the future, neither is really impressive in their current library. So, what I don't understand is why the PS4 is kicking the X1's ass so badly? If the numbers are correct, the PS4 is outselling the X1 almost 3:1. That's freakin' insane!


I get that the PS4 is $100.00 cheaper (if you don't factor in the X1 bundle and reduced price here and there) and that it has a slight edge over the X1 graphically - at least for the moment. But, how the hell do you sell 7 million consoles and beat the competition 3:1 without having any games? Everyone I know who has one - including myself - basically admit the same thing, the PS4 is just sitting there because we're already tired of the few games that are out.


The same could be said for the X1. There isn't enough games to justify a huge demand atm. So, what the heck is going on? Are people buying PS4's just because its the "in" thing to have right now? Kind of like the iPhone when a new one comes out? I can see the PS4 outselling the X1 but, this is a bit ridiculous. Except for seriously hardcore fans, I wouldn't expect very many people to buy a current gen until Xmas season or even much later. Even $399 is a lot of money for a casual gamer to spend on a console so early after release. Especially with such a small library. I just don't get it.

tommynj
tommynj

It is quality vs quantity. Do I want a cheap $399 console that has little to no good games on it or would you want to be a tad extra for a console that actually has good exclusives on it.  I don't hate the PS4 but why would I buy a $399 console where the game line up is simply pathetic. Makes no sense at all. We buy consoles for gaming to play games on it. I don't care if the PS4 is cheaper or not I will never buy anything just because it is cheaper. I actually take pride in what I buy. I want good quality things not cheap stuff. 

sambucca
sambucca

1.2 million Xbox Ones SHIPPED to retailers in first three months of 2014 as opposed to Sony's 2.8 million SOLD to end user. So basically, the PS4 is outselling the the Xbox One by - as near as damn it - 3:1.


And the extra territories where ONLY the PS4 is available only account for an extra million console sales for Sony and that's including Japan's 500k. Let's face it, if the X1 was released in Japan it would tank anyway, so you might as well say those extra territories are actually only accounting for an extra 500k PS4 sales.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Math don't lie.

Current PS4 sales to customers: 7 Million and counting

Current Price: $400

Included Org.: Nothing

Current XBones sales to customers: 4.2 Million and counting

Original Price: $500

Included: Kinnect

2nd Price: $500

Included: Kinnect, TitanFall

3rd Price: $450

Included: Kinnect, TitanFall

4th Price: $450

Included: Kinnect, TitanFall, Forza 5

Again FANBOYS math don't lie!

And it only gets worse from here, because as cool as the XBone's Kinnect features are they do not work in any other language except English.

demayor
demayor

1.2 million sold to retailers doesn't do them any good if they don't leave the retailers at the same pace.    This just means that they are keeping the retailers very well stocked, thus never running out of consoles.  But if the consoles just sit in wherehouses it does them no good.  The important number is how many have they sold to consumers.

allyouneedisluv
allyouneedisluv

Sony's stock has decreased over 47% in less than a year, they have reported loss of over 1.1 billion dollars.


The Ps4 division is barely generating any income and is one of the least profitable venues Sony owns.


Sony is selling their VAIO division because they have to pay a massive amount in debts.


http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/01/02/sony-has-78-chance-to-go-bankrupt-in-two-years-says-macroaxis/


Meanwhile...


Microsoft is reporting growth and attracting more investors which will reflect in more exclusives and content.



evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

No matter how you Microsoft  P.R SPIN machine Defence League Try to damage control you can't . Microsoft estimated XBoned720 would sale 5 million units by now.  They didn't EPIC FAIL . their closest competitor sold 2 million more units than estimated. please stop the PR spin Ride I want to get off 

Martyr77
Martyr77

@kane6911 Yeah who wants the most powerful gaming console like the PS4 when you can watch tv on your system? Wait......

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@bdrtfm  - I think there are a few potential reasons why PS4 is outselling X1 at the moment:

- the PR disaster last year, especially concerning DRM, TV and Sports.  A lot of people were very annoyed with MS after Orth leaked their plans, and the reveal show turned off a lot of gamers.  Then Mattrick's comments that if you don't have online, get an X360, etc.  It became one bad message after another, and it turned off a lot of people.  It takes a long time to win people's trust, and a few minutes to lose it.

- The lower price and slightly better hardware in the PS4 makes it an attractive purchase.

- A lot of people dislike Kinect and/or don't want it.  The media mentioning NSA in relation to Kinect (and Microsoft) also did not help.

- The problems with the X1 not properly supporting PAL region TV out of the box, and the proper patch taking ages to release.

- The lineup of games.  Some people simply prefer PS4 exclusives, and even if they are not released, they are on the horizon and factor into people's purchasing decisions now.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@bdrtfm Applying American logic to worldwide sales. You remind me of Microsoft and how they have always failed outside the USA.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@tommynj  The perception of quality is also tied to personal experience.  In those terms, I have a poor quality perception of Microsoft's hardware, due to my past experiences.  Our original Xbox failed, our X360 failed, a couple of controllers failed, battery packs would no longer charge.  Eventually, all of these things I had to replace at additional cost.

So far we've been lucky that our PS2, PS3, Wii, etc., have not exhibited any problems.  I know that other people have experienced problems with these consoles, and so their perceptions will also be coloured by their own experiences.

When it comes to games, that is a more subjective area, because what appeals to one person won't appeal to another.  Even if a game attains the highest critical acclaim, someone who does not like it won't buy it.  For example, I've never bought any racing games or fighting games, no matter how high quality, because I do not like those genres.

This is my problem with the X1 at the moment.  There is nothing currently released that appeals to me personally.  Quantum Break and Project Spark were the only game shown at E3 last year that caught my interest.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@tommynj I'm pretty much tired of idiots thinking launch titles is what determines the next 10 years. Notice the key words TEN YEARS. Smart people buy consoles for the long term not for launch titles, that's pathetic. Besides history shows Sony has always had a much better track record with exclusives than MS.  Notice almost none of Xbox games are first party exclusives. They're either early access or their sequels will become multiplats anyways. That's all MS does...pay off third party developers since their first party support is piss poor and has been for quite some time.  At least PS has several highly acclaimed franchises that will never see the light of day on other platforms. So the reality is you've actually chosen the wrong console if you're looking for exclusives. 

thebigo3d
thebigo3d

@sambucca  3:1 lol I laughed at your math. 1.2 million to 2.8 million is nowhere close to 3:1 

iamnavarres
iamnavarres

@homey_d_clown  Since you like numbers. How about you take in account availability to potential customers. At the moment Sony has a larger base of potential customers due to availability in more regions. Lets talk in about a year from now. 

sampson3121
sampson3121

@allyouneedisluv oh my! BUTTHURT bad eh!

x1 is the last console MS will produce, so enjoy the shitbox and remember ddr3 will be a joke in three yrs lol.least you have tv! shitbox on...lol

iamnavarres
iamnavarres

@evil_snuggles  At the end of the day success is determined by turning a profit not units sold. End of story.

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

You do understand that both of these consoles have broken records. The Xbox One has already sold faster and sold more units than the 360 did during it's launch. On top of that, the 360 destroyed the PS3 for many years, so right now the Xbox One is selling probably around twice that of every PS3 sold and is making a profit and not a loss. On top of that, MS is the second wealthiest company to ever exist, it's not like they're in trouble lol. On the other hand, Sony's been in financial trouble for a long time, the gaming market is literally the only division they're doing well in.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@Gallowhand @bdrtfm I just hope its not a lot of impulse buying that people will regret later on. Or parents buying it just to save a $100 and little Johnny no longer gets to play with the friends he did before or the franchises he did before.


I get it. People were pissed about the reveal and what MS was going to do. But, that is in the past. You cannot let current and future purchases be affected by past events that are no longer relevant. People for some reason feel companies are supposed to be their best friend and feel betrayed by anything the company does they do not like. Companies exist for one purpose and one purpose only - to make money. Sure, some companies go out of their way to make you feel special but, in reality, they don't give a shit about you. They are making you feel special to make you buy their product and increase profits.


Everyone says Sony did a fantastic job at last years E3 and that they are in it for the gamers. This is BS. Sony's reveal was boring and mediocre at best. The only thing that made them look good was MS looking so bad. They are no more in it for the gamers than MS is. They are in it for the money. They got lucky with MS messing up so bad.


It just doesn't make sense to me that so many people would jump ship and switch to another console and give up all the games they loved and miss out on their sequels just because a company F'd up a reveal or to save $100.00 on a 10 year purchase.


I'm a gamer and get both systems anyway so, it doesn't matter to me. But, it just seems so messed up. It's like the Xbox One is the worst product invented when in reality it is a decent product, just as good as the PS4. They are both good consoles and the disparity in sales boggles my mind.

thebigo3d
thebigo3d

@thebeachguy90 @tommynj  Sorry to say but exclusives aren't the only selling point to a console especially to casuals. One aspect that Microsoft is dominating right now is the support they give to their community.


Where is Sony while Microsoft is holding launch parties for games, million dollar tournaments, early access previews and basically any special game presentation that you see on game websites. all of these are happening around the world and can be streamed online through xbox live. I remember watching an awesome BF4 match between USA and Europe hosted by xbox. 


The truth is Sony is a console made for playing video games alone with online multiplayer as a feature. They still haven't established an online community. Most say Microsoft could afford to be more involved in the xbox live community because they charged money and PSN was free but now that you have to pay for PSN we need to see Sony step up their game a little.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@thebeachguy90 @tommynj Will this still be true this gen though? With Sony's financial issues and its laying off of staff and selling of IP shares, who's to say if they will have as strong a library of exclusives as they've had in the past? I hope they do, I'm no fanboy, I want both consoles to do well.


At the same time, MS knows they have to do something to get people to buy their console and exclusives is the only thing that will do that so, I would assume that MS is going to be throwing around a boatload of cash and financing new IP's and in-house games as much as they can. They have the cash flow to really give Sony a race when it comes to exclusives. Sony's game division is doing well but, lacking in cash almost everywhere else.

sambucca
sambucca

@thebigo3d Ah man are you a dumbass. Learn the difference between units sold and units shipped. 1.2 million units shipped is not the same as 1.2 million units sold. The actual amount of units sold is more likely somewhere between 600k and 900k, therefore giving a (very generous) 3:1 ratio. Try again though dumbass.

tc0072
tc0072

@thebigo3d @sambucca  1.2 million shipped to retailers vs 2.8 million sold to customers will end up with a ratio very close to 3:1.

We can't compare directly because Microsoft is trying to hide the real numbers.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

@iamnavarres @homey_d_clown

The reason XBone is not available on other regions is because the Kinect doesn't work anywhere but english speaking countries. When you take the Kinect options away from the XBone it make no sense to buy it, because the PS4 is cheaper.

It also doesn't help XBone that the 360 had the Red Ring of Death.  Within the US the process to return the faulty 360 was easy, not for anyone outside of the US. It took months

If MS wants a game changer, then sell the XBone without the Tony Hawk Board (Kinect) or else this war is over.

Fanboy virus free.

jerjef
jerjef

@iamnavarres @evil_snuggles  This is very true, as long as they turn a profit, they'll have no reason to be concerned.  Besides I think this generation is turning into more of a personal game than financial.  Both companies seem to just want to top the other for bragging rights more than anything.

teller76567
teller76567

@steve_esquire  You do understand that the 360 hard ware was very poor i went through 7 of them...So the 360 numbers should sub tracked 7 consoles from their sales...

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@sampson3121 obsolete... whats your point? 360 have old hardware thats still kicking ass with GTAV graphics, we wont see the full potential yet.

sambucca
sambucca

@sampson3121 I agree, he does sound a little butthurt. Are you sure you have both consoles bdrtfm?


I do, and I can say this with the utmost honesty. I think the Xbox One is great. It feels a bit more premium than the PS4 and the user interface is really polished. Not only that, but I'm having a real blast on the games, I'm playing on it far more than my PS4 at the moment.


HOWEVER... As a console, the PS4 absolutely wins hands down. Putting the Xbox One next the the PS4 is like putting a really nice sports coupé next to an F1 car. The Xbox One is the really nice sports coupé in that it has the ability to go for a nice relaxing drive as well as go tearing around a race track. It has a nice build quality and it's comfortable. The F1 car however is focused on one thing - Racing. Just like the PS4 is focused on one thing - Games. And that, for me, sums up the whole reason why the PS4 is doing better. I want my games console to be a GAMES console.


I find the spartan UI of the PS4 far easier to use and much more focused than the Xbox One's and although I'm putting more gaming hours into my Xbox One at the moment, that won't be the case forever. My Wii U on the other hand...

sampson3121
sampson3121

@bdrtfm @Gallowhand oh! the butthurt!! lmfao spoken like a loser...good job,! hows the shitbox anyway? ddr3 is enough for ya? couple yrs it's going to be obsolete!

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@thebigo3d @thebeachguy90@tommynj People that pay attention to these tournaments and events are only a small fraction of the worldwide gaming community.  Of course they're exciting for those that do, but looking at the bigger picture, most gamers don't even know there are even events. It's not as big a deal as you might think. People want to play, not to watch others play. Gaming support will always be the ultimate support that companies will give to the gamers, gaming events and parties are very minor compared to games. It's delivery to the consumers. 


I don't understand what you mean by online community. All I know that both consoles have millions that play online daily.  But if anything I hear most people praising PSN for giving more value to the gamers than XBL which shoves everything behind the paywall. 

sampson3121
sampson3121

@bdrtfm @thebeachguy90this will be the last console MS makes, the investors wanted to get rid of the xbox division before this sad display of sales compared the ps4. they had a meeting today, and i think they won't be investing in the xbox anymore.

sampson3121
sampson3121

@bdrtfm couple months and already have second son and killzone, and MLB 14 the show, 1886, and driveclub to come.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@thebeachguy90 @bdrtfm I'd agree with you except for the fact of Sony stock being given "Junk" status. You have to be in serious trouble to have your stock fall that badly. I'm glad they are selling many units. They really need the money. I just hope they have the resources to make that massive install base worth if for everyone.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@bdrtfm  Many people associate layoffs and sells with bankruptcy when it's actually restructuring for the future.  All these moves were made for the long term in mind.  I'm pretty sure there wouldn't even be a Playstation 4 if they wouldn't be able to deliver in the nest 10 years.

MS has always had more money than Sony, it's nothing new.  It was the same last gen. Sony lost money with the PS3 yet delivered more gaming than MS. More money doesn't mean much, it's how it's used. 

tommynj
tommynj

@bdrtfm  True but some just act like the Xbox One isn't selling at all. Xbox One is selling very well. Can it do better, absolutely and I am positive it will.

iamnavarres
iamnavarres

@homey_d_clown @iamnavarres   My point is Sony is going to sell more consoles when they have more people to sell too. It's irrelevant as to why that is. You were talking math.