Xbox One Sales on Black Friday "Really Strong," Microsoft Says

"My sources tell me both systems sold very well."

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Microsoft has offered the Xbox One since Black Friday for just $300, a $50 markdown from its normal price. Apparently, that lower price point enticed quite a few people to pick up the new-generation system.

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Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg says on Twitter that the Xbox One enjoyed "really strong Black Friday" sales. In another tweet, Greenberg said the PlayStation 4 also probably saw big sales.

"My sources tell me both systems sold very well," he said. "Great news for gamers."

Neither Microsoft nor Sony have announced any specific Black Friday console sales numbers. That's not much of a surprise, given the $300 Xbox One and PS4 offers are continuing now through Cyber Monday. If either company does choose to share specific sales figures, we'd expect them to wait until later in the week.

Whatever the case, a new survey found that the PS4 and Xbox One were among the the top-selling pieces of electronics on Black Friday. Greenberg said previously that Microsoft is expecting a "massive migration" of Xbox 360 owners upgrading to Xbox One this year.

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beastmode

Yes the xbox sales were strong because its black friday but guess what the ps4 sales were stronger.

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Flyincloud1116

@beastmode:

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2015/12/01/playstation-4-black-friday/

That's the article that proves it.

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EpicManiac

If Microsoft said "We only sold 5 less consoles than the PS4", PS4 owners wold still gloat about it, and vice versa if Microsoft sold 5 more consoles than Sony. I understand Microsoft for not wanting to share specifics. Few people want numbers for anything other than bragging rights.

Can't we all just get along and say both consoles did their best?

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errpac

@epicmaniac: whenever MS sales better then ps they too gloat about it. MS has in the past until recently always shared their numbers. It's because of then losing pretty bad to their competitors this yr that they decided to change their policy. It not a coincidence that they decided they won't release anymore sales number after consistently lose by double digit. I'm a pc gamer , I don't have a Xbox one or ps4 by the way. Just stating how I see it.

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BobaFettHatesU

@epicmaniac: Considering Microsoft forfeited their bragging rights I can see why they no longer care about them or their hardcore followers.

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EpicManiac

@bobafetthatesu: How is not giving specifics not caring about hardcore fans? If anything, it's them not caring about the reprobates that will hold sales numbers over others heads for the sake of justifying their purchase, which in all honesty, isn't even a true gamer. Sales numbers should be left to the people who will actually make use of them, instead of being made available to the idiots who will abuse the data to bash the opposing team. Just my thoughts. Plus, as a side note, wouldn't your statement mean Sony also doesn't care about their hardcore fans, since they haven't given specifics either?

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PSXp-ONE

@epicmaniac: hell no! Only one powerful console can exist! PS4!!

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ramtracker42

@epicmaniac:

NEVER!!!!!

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LTJohnnyRico

So many idiots not understanding how business works .. "I want figures" .. "I want graphs" !! Yeah and I want you to STFU and grow a brain .. doesn't mean I'm going to get it now does it !!

It's good to hear Both MS and Sony doing well !! Congrats Both !!

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SteadyMercury

Nice. A lot of people at work know I have a PS4 and Xbox One and have been asking me questions about one or the other or both. A lot more then were asking a year ago. Anecdotally it seems like a lot of people are ready to migrate between now and boxing week sales.

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@steadymercury: I would agree with your statements - I have always been a day one buyer of new systems going back to the late 80's, but this gen I have been sitting on the fence as I have not been impressed with the new games and what mostly seem to be ports. But I believe I will take the plunge this season and grab the X1 and a Logitech wheel. Mostly based on the lack of racing games for the PS4. Or course, I will grab the PS4 sometime down the road.But do finally feel time to upgrade.

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Flyincloud1116

So X1 is strong, okay. Nice article...

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hoard_moard

Microsoft, pure comedy gold as always! Hahahaha! xD

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blackace

@hoard_moard: Your comments are comedy gold.

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Hiraishin

Sales "Really Strong." And then

"Neither Microsoft nor Sony have announced any specific Black Friday console sales numbers."

Sounds like BS to me. No numbers, no graph charts, nothing.

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LTJohnnyRico

@Hiraishin: He either a) Doesn't have specifics or b) Doesn't have permission to share them !! So no probably not BS its what most business's do they will give a little bit of info before exact figures are communicated !!

Your'e not a moron !! You know how business works !!

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wkadalie

@Hiraishin: MS is full of BS. First they say how happy they are with Tomb Raider. Without saying if it did well. Now they say sales were really strong. Which could mean literally anything. They could be saying really strong compared to WiiU or the Vita.

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LiveDreamPlay

Company says that the company did well? What a shock. I'm surprised they didn't say they did worse than PS4, even though PS4 had no exclusives this season....

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wkadalie

@livedreamplay: And yet I had a lot to play. Too much. I'm glad Uncharted 4 got delayed.

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LiveDreamPlay

@wkadalie: True. And next year's gonna be even worse. xD

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wkadalie

@livedreamplay: Last year I bought every big release. This year, I was smart and skipped a lot of them. Just went for my must play list. And am happy with all my games.

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LiveDreamPlay

@wkadalie: Dunno about you but I won't have money for all next year's releases. I will have to be realllly careful at how i make my picks.

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wkadalie

@livedreamplay: Oh i can buy all of them. I just wasted so much money last year. Destiny, Dragon Age I, Watch Dogs. And a lot more. Games that I had the feeling I wouldn't like. I got caught up in hype though. Hell I didn't even buy Fallout 4 this year. Cause i don't like the look of it. I have a lot of games I can get on sale now down the line.

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LiveDreamPlay

@wkadalie: Same here. Avoided the urge to make purchases this season (NFS, Fallout, AC, BO3). Patience is the answer. Will wait for bargains.

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LiveDreamPlay

I'm curious if Gamespot makes an article with how PS4 sold more this Black Friday even if it had no exclusives in sight and everybody was criticizing them for that. Next year it's not even gonna be close with what lineup they have...

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may967873

I'm really enjoying Gears 2 and 3 on my One which I got free with the purchase of Gears of War Ultimate edition. I never experienced Gears last Gen and Gears of War 1 was epic. I just started Gears 2 and I'm having a blast. The Xbox One backwards compatibility is great.

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CoolManMick

@may967873: I still need to play Judgement. Have it in the BC too. Would really love more 360 exclusive games to appear in BC so I can catch up with them as I missed out on a good few. What I really want is Tales of Vesperia

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PenKowalski

@may967873: Yes, BC on the One is great, especially for people that are just coming into gaming. I dont have much use for it, but it's nice to have it. Glad you're enjoying Gears. That's one of my favorite franchises.

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loqma73bd53bsia

@may967873: to be politically correct, its not backwards compatibility

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PenKowalski

@loqma73bd53bsia: Oh god, don't be one of those assholes that wants to get all technical about backward comp. Whether it's native BC or it's emulated, it's backward comp no matter what.

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loqma73bd53bsia

@penkowalski: okay. so how can i play skyrim on my backwards compatible xbox one? do i just stick the disc in or do i wait for them to upload a whole new version that the xbox one will run? where can i find the xbox 360 emulator app to run all my last gen games from? why would i need an internet connection to re-download a game i already own to play an offline single player game? why isnt it actually backwards compatible like the original ps3 or even the wii u? you know, like when i can just pop one of my old discs in and actually have it play, no strings attached?

surely the xbox one is backwards compatible no matter what. your words not mine.

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PenKowalski

@loqma73bd53bsia: Like I said, let's not get all technical about it.

It's been explained numerous times how backward comp on the Xbox One works. If you cant accept that or understand how it works, then that's an issue you have with yourself.

It's not your traditional backward comp as you're want it to be, but it's backward comp nonetheless.

There's no need to be all dipshitty about it because your favorite game is not on the BC list. If you dont like it, then you can pick up your collection of games and GTFO.

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loqma73bd53bsia

@penkowalski: its not backwards compatibility just because MS tries to throw that word around. quickly that word is going to lose its meaning when fanboys will eat any buzzwords they throw at them. remember when the word exclusive used to actually mean something?

requiring the internet and having to download your offline single player game all over again and passing it off as backwards compatibility is backwards if you ask me. they should just build an emulator into the OS and make the xbox one backwards compatible and just let people play their games off of disc, you know, like what everyone else does to play their older games on a console that is backwards compatible. but the xbox one is a pretty weak machine as it is, so who knows what kind of struggles it would have.

basically its restricted to whatever games the publishers and developers allow, and whatever games they are able to get to work satisfactory on the console. so the library of "backwards compatible" games is pretty much going to be extremely limited.

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PenKowalski

@loqma73bd53bsia: So are you upset on how the phrase "backward comp" is being used by Microsoft? If so, then you have some issues.

Whether you agree or disagree with the way MS uses the phrase "backward comp," it's still going to be called backward comp because the general public knows what that means. They're not going to try to get all technical with the public because someone like yourself doesnt agree on how the phrase is being used.

You're trying to keep the traditional "backward comp" meaning alive for some reason and it really doesnt matter. As long as an old game is playable on a newer system, no matter how they got it working, it's going to be called backward comp.

Yes, yes yes, I get what backward comp traditionally means, but people dont give a shit what it really means. So get over it already because no one is going to bow down to the traditional meaning that you're trying so hard to fight to keep alive.

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hystavito

But we don't think sales are an important number and we're not gonna talk about them anymore :).

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wkadalie

@hystavito: You can kind of see their point though. Customers aren't logical. They don't care that the x1 is selling amazingly. Only that it's losing to Sony.

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KingVanimal

This fan boy stuff is extremely annoying, it's not even funny anymore. It's like the equivalent of hearing someone use the word "bae".

I remember when the Dreamcast came out & compared to the competition it didn't do very well. I believe it was also a little bit underpowered compared to the competition. That didn't stop me as a kid from wanting it and many others. Funny too because people now praise that console and which it stuck around. Competition is good, without competition it's a monopoly in which the consumers lose. Some people don't quite understand that.

Ps4 is dominating in sales, and in return they are kind of just "cruising" relying on the multiplats. With MS behind they are forced to improve their product which is a good thing! Same thing as last gen in reverse. The PS3 was forced to make exclusives to compete!

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errpac

@kingvanimal: the same as last generation but reverse where Xbox fans were gloating about sales and how multiplat played better on the Xbox 360 over PS3. This generation all of a sudden these same gloaters have grown mature and no longer care about sales number, they only care about being happy with their purchase.

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zokoye

@errpac: Nope. The floaters from last gen haven't changed, most of them bought PS4s alone and are the ones gloating now (about 10 of my friends are like this) the ones you say are acting mature no are probably the ones who never cared about who was winning and always laughed at you fanboys. I consider myself one of them. I buy every new console day 1 and enjoy them all an equal amount, give me good games and I'll play them anywhere. The fact of the matter is fanboys are getting out of hand now. You can't get an article about one thing or the other without seeing more haters in the comments that actual discussions about the articles. Though I don't think we should call this an article, lol. He just retweeted a Twitter post on here, that's modern journalism for you XD

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PSXp-ONE

@kingvanimal: pick a side....either you are with us or the bots...period!