Xbox Enjoys Record-Breaking Christmas, Rise of the Tomb Raider Sells 1 Million

Gamers earned over 4 billion achievements and combined for a total Gamerscore of over 77 billion in 2015.

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Microsoft on Monday announced that its Xbox brand broke records during the all-important holiday season.

In a post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft said on December 28, more people logged into Xbox Live than any other day in the history of Xbox. A specific user figure was not divulged.

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In addition, the number of hours spent gaming across Xbox One and Xbox 360 during Christmas week (December 20-December 27) were up compared to last year, according to Microsoft's estimates.

As for Xbox One console sales, Microsoft did not share any numbers. However, the company said the Xbox One remains ahead of where the Xbox 360 was in terms of unit sales at the same point in time. The Xbox One remains the best-selling console, on that basis, in the history of Xbox.

In terms of game sales, Microsoft said all of its first-party holiday games sold over 1 million copies. These include Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, and Gears of War Ultimate Edition. In addition, "the number of Xbox One gamers who played Microsoft Studios-published titles more than doubled compared to 2014," Microsoft said.

Here are some other 2015 Xbox stats, as compiled by Microsoft:

  • We released over 200 new features for gamers in 2015 including the New Xbox One Experience and the most-requested feature, Xbox One Backward Compatibility.
  • More than 350 games were released or were made playable on Xbox One in 2015 (including first and third-party, ID@Xbox and Xbox One Backward Compatibility titles), fueling progress toward our goal of delivering the largest games catalog ever on Xbox.
  • Xbox gamers earned over 4 billion achievements and racked up a total Gamerscore of over 77 billion in 2015.
  • In 2015, the Xbox community cast over 6.5 million votes on Xbox Feedback.
  • Since Xbox One Backward Compatibility released on Nov. 12 with more than 100 playable titles, global Xbox gamers have logged more than 15 million hours playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

Looking ahead, Microsoft also claimed that it's planning to "go even bigger" in 2016. Microsoft will release at least 12 exclusive games for Xbox One and PC next year, and will continue to deliver new features such as Cortana voice support on Xbox One.

Check out this post to learn more about Microsoft's plans for 2016.

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justerthought

The results were so great, the company is too ashamed to publish them. Instead they publish meaningless achievement totals.

Achievements or trophies are no measure of user base size or console sales. You could have a few people earning loads of achievements or a large number of people earning hardly any achievements. It's just fluff to blur the picture in order to try and find something positive to say about a bad situation. I have more respect for the truth even if it's disappointing.

Sony publish bums on seats. That's 36 million users with a console buying games. Am I a Sony fanboy for pointing this out. I think not because I have told no lies. Only a desperate MS fanboy would believe this propaganda as worthy information.

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Ashton85

But how many bullets have been shot?

how many hours where played?

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justerthought

@ashton85:

More bullets were fired on the XB1 (win win) than the PS4. Because xbox gamers are terrible at shooting (loose loose). I know none of that is true, but it's as silly as the figures MS are quoting. If MS have nothing better to announce. Announce nothing.

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DawgByte2

I hate how MS changed their philosophy and won't release any hard numbers.
This is how Sony acted a few years ago when the PS & Vita were selling, but no numbers to speak of.

How many units actually sold, not shipped, so far?
Is it worth it to get the X-Box One, or should I just stick with picking up a PS4?

Both are unique, but I want long term usage, and not a system that's going to have a successor in a few years (eg: Wii-U).

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lostn

1 million is not a lot for something they paid so much for. Why would you fork out all that cash to publish a game and run the marketing campaign, only to send it to die by releasing it next to Fallout 4? The point of buying an exclusive is to sell more consoles, but they couldn't even beat the PS4 that month.

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justerthought

@lostn:

True. The corrupt bribe paid to the TR dev to deny the game on PS4 earned MS nothing. It didn't boost XB1 console sales and the TR dev lost money because all the fans who would have bought the game are on PS4 and they are angry. Epic PR blunder for both party's. I'll buy the game on PS4 when the price comes down in 2 years time to financially punish the dev for stabbing the fans in the back. Bitter? Oh yes.

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lostn

@justerthought: Depends whether the amount paid makes up for the lost sales or not.

If you want to punish them, you don't have to wait 2 years for the bargain bin. Just rent it from Gamefly, and they won't get any of your money at all, and you won't have to wait 2 years to play it.

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just_Mishaari

So if 77b score and 4b achievements were unlocked this means 19.25 score per achievement, if let's say the average gamer will unlock 20-25 achievement per game, taking into account the total we have before which is 4 B achievement and the 350 games, this will estimate the the total gamers to around 16 M or a number close to that.

P.S : I really sick at math and failed it in high school, so yeah .

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Is anyone else really addicted to the endurance mode. As much as it's a little cheeky adding it as DLC as I think it would have extended the games life if the mode was available at launch. For the third game they should add the multiplayer back in but with this whole hunger games, survival thing. That would be amazing!

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LTJohnnyRico

This is Good to see, My kids enjoyed playing their Xbox's and PS4 over the holidays and I enjoyed it too when I had a moment of peace !! Good Time to be a Gamer !!

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neowarrior793

anything can be a record if you spin it the right way

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LTJohnnyRico

@neowarrior793: Record number of moronic posts by you on GS articles ??

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justerthought

@ltjohnnyrico:

Moronic is a strong word. There is nothing in the sentence he posted that was stupid. He stated a true fact and this article proves it. You may not have liked what he said, but that's your problem. If you are angry about the situation, direct it at the cause. MS manufactures the XB1 and is responsible for all the issues relating to it.

But that would be unthinkable because you think MS can do no wrong, so this poster must be a moron.

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LTJohnnyRico

@justerthought: Leave now you moron !! Where in my post do I mention MS not doing wrong ?? ... Yeah thought so !!

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neowarrior793

@ltjohnnyrico: well considering you have more post then i do, by all means you can award yourself with THAT trophy

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LTJohnnyRico

@neowarrior793: "you have more post then i do" ... Hmmmm You win !!

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neowarrior793

@ltjohnnyrico: woops oww well.

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jimmydonegood

Game is awesome.

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borgking1234

Xbox players shat more than 50 millions of shit

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TheZeroPercent

--1million units sold is a crap number
--and NOTHING to brag about
--you do realize how much of a fail xbox is for MS?
--if they paid 75million for 3 months of gta4 DLC fact (link below)
--how much you reckon they threw in the trash for TR?
--id guess 125million$
--1 million x 59.99 = 60 million(that is not how much MS 'made' either~more like 15$ a copy = 15,000,000$)
--way to go MS

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-paid-75-million-to-stop-gtaiv-ps3-exclusivity/1100-6262370/

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@TheZeroPercent: seek medical help

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justerthought

@graffitiheart:

He may be obsessive in his detail but he's basically saying MS need "medical help" if their PR department actually thinks it was worth it. Maybe you need "medical help" to bury your head in the sand so you can pretend everything is hunky dory.

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@justerthought: It's Microsoft's business they can do whatever the hell they want. And I'm not burying my head in the sand, it's quite clear why they bought the exclusivity and whether or not it was worth it is up to Microsoft.

I just get to play the game - which was fab - Crystal Dynamics made an excellent game, that's all I care about.

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@XAGMNINETY: I doubt it, look at interviews with Satya Nadella you can see what he's trying to do with Microsoft and Xbox is a big part of it.

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1 million? Wow, that exclusivity clause really paid off.

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Flyin3lvl

Welcome to the world of gameing. ?

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jenovaschilld

@lonesamurai1: Nice... my wife gave me a T-shirt and some pus$y for Christmas, and both were too big.

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mjonk2pc

@jenovaschilld: Weird, she gave me the same thing...

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Spartan_418

@lonesamurai1: Wat? Because a certain game doesn't have splitscreen?

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XenomorphAlien

Nice to see the games doing well. How's Rare Replay doing though?

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A8ADD0N

I honestly couldn't be happier with the One so far. I think it's a really underrated console that gets unfairly hated on by people who have most likely not even used one at all. I really enjoy my PS4 as well, don't get me wrong, but with games like Rise, Halo 5, Gears Ultimate and Ori I definitely spent more time playing the One this year.

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jenovaschilld

@A8ADD0N: I played Halo anniversary more then anything on the xbox one, but sadly spent many more hours playing a tales of Xillia game on the ps3 even though I own a ps4 and gaming pc. I have every intention of logging a ton of hours on Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 (setting on my consoles) but sometimes my gaming attention span gets pulled in the weirdest directions.

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LTJohnnyRico

@Spartan_418: What flavor windows do you prefer ?

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virtuaSEGA

@Spartan_418: You went to far in your trolling, makes it to easy for everybody to see it. That or you're retarded.

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Spartan_418

@virtuasega: Good, someone sees my comment for what it is.

There is no need for anyone to be upset

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borgking1234

@virtuasega: He touched anXbox One

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sladakrobot

@Spartan_418: The saddest day in this world was when you was given access to the internet.

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Spartan_418

@sladakrobot: people should not be this easily rustled

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Flyin3lvl

@Spartan_418: could tell you were to assert it.......

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Spartan_418

@Flyin3lvl: ayy lmao

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boardsport311

I'm so sick of seeing their BS numbers. I love my X1 but spin more MS, seriously.

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Once again, no numbers. Saying gamers played X number of hours or achieved X number of achievements or what have you does not count. Saying a game sold over a million when we know you use little tricks like shipped-in tallies and bundled editions and any other number of deceptive tactics when 'reporting' sales just makes you look foolish and desperate.

Hey, I've got an idea. How about saying 'To hell with reporting sales, since all we do is conceal the truth. Let's actually respect gamers by talking only about games, and not some crap only an investor (or fanboy) would want to hear.'

I know. Crazy idea, huh.

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hystavito

@reduc_ab_: Well most of these things are more for investors, but investors aren't stupid either :).

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wookiegr

I'm sure sales numbers will be shared once the games hits the general gaming population. Steam codes will not be hard to tally.