Xbox Series X|S Sales Not Far Behind PS5, Analyst Says

The Xbox Series X|S is trailing the PS5 to start the generation, though perhaps by less than you imagined.


The PS5 may have outsold the Xbox Series X|S as launch, but according to one analyst, the difference between the two platforms may not have been as great as you think. The PS5 sold about 4.5 million units in 2020, which accounted for about a month and a half, but the Xbox Series X is nearly keeping pace.

The estimate comes from analyst Daniel Ahmad from Niko Partners, who says the Xbox Series X|S sold "a bit over 1 million" fewer systems than the PS5. This would put it at a little under 3.5 million systems, which is nothing to scoff at when considering the supply shortages, pandemic restrictions, and price of the systems.

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Following the Xbox Series X|S launch back in November, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said it was the largest launch in the brand's history. At the time, Ahmad estimated that meant more than 1 million units had to be sold, which would seemingly indicate a few million more were sold through the remainder of the year.

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