The Xbox One has (probably) sold 19 million units

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As part of its most recent investor conference, EA said that combined, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sold through 55 million units last year. Using a bit of mathematical extrapolation, we can safely assume – given that Sony’s reported selling through 36 million units – that Microsoft’s Xbox One is now in the homes of around 19 million consumers.

Why do we need to take a shot in the dark? Mostly, it’s because Microsoft has stopped reporting sales figures, instead focusing on lovely buzzwords like “engagement” and how many people are connected to Xbox Live.

This coincides rather neatly with an earlier report about there being 18 million “activated” Xbox Ones in the wild.

Officially, Microsoft’s Xbox One sell-through is a mystery, though the company is reporting a record number of Xbox Live subscribers.

There are now 48 million active Xbox Live users, which Microsoft says is a 30 per cent increase from the same period a year ago. In the last three months of the year, Xbox Live saw nine new users jump in.

“It was a strong holiday season for Microsoft highlighted by Surface and Xbox,” Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, said in a statement. Microsoft also said, however, that there’s a slight decrease in revenue from Xbox One hardware, though it’s down to the system selling at a decreased price, and not because of lower volumes.

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Overall though, Microsoft’s “More Personal Computing” unit, which houses includes all things Xbox has posted $12.7 billion in revenue, so it’s profitable – but is down 5 per cent year-over-year. Microsoft emphasised Xbox One bundles with games like “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider” and “Forza Motorsport 6” as big drivers during the holiday season.

Say what you will about the Xbox One – but I quite like the machine. Since getting one last year, it’s slowly wormed its way in to becoming my primary console.

Last Updated: January 29, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • One thing I can say about the Bone, is that controller is heavenly to use. Got one for my PC and the triggers at the back are freaking awesome, soft and precise 😛

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      What games doth thee playeth with it?

      • Dirt 3, Ori, Shovel knight, Sonic generations, Dark Souls and Dust 😛

        • VampyreSquirrel

          And Rocket League 😛

          • O yea, and that game… xD

          • And off topic, you gotta teach me how to Diablo… I forgetted

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I haven’t played in many, many years but it should still just be CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK

          • I thought so too, logged into my max lvl wizard and was just like “WTF is going on!”

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Same here

          • I just don’t like the punishment this game gives to my mouse 😛 Maybe I should invest in a cheap one to play Diablo and RTS games

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            I played through the game (D3 and RoS) once, and stopped

          • We should give it a wack sometime 🙂

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            Agreed. I’ve only got ONE char, and not even one paragon level

          • I have one char and 37 paragon lvl 🙂

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Sure… after the beta is done… or when the servers are down for a long period of time 😛

          • I do not understand how the streamers are hitting 10 mil a shot O.o

          • VampyreSquirrel

            LOL! lvl 70 paragon lvl 128 and I’m hitting for between 2.5mill and 20mill with a crusader… depending on ability used.

            Know someone on paragon lvl 500+… dunno what damage they’re doing.

          • So the paragon levels are giving these crazy numbers?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, I can level a brand new character at my current paragon level on Torment 1.

    • Hammersteyn

      I tried it last year at Rage. It’s too big and the battery pack (can’t believe they still have those, but the battery companies probably bribed MS to include it) makes it heavier than a PS4 controller. Also I hate how the analog sticks are in two different positions. It wold take me months to get used to it.

      • PC version does not use the battery pack 🙂 and the analog positions also bothered me until I started noticing my hand not cramping up anymore due to the position

        • Hammersteyn

          Is it plugged in the whole time?

          • Yup. You can set it up with wireless, but I am not gonna fork out all that monies for batteries

          • Hammersteyn

            Wireless is the future, battery packs… not so much

          • We need plutonium powered wireless controllers

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            WIRELESS POWER!
            [DISCLAIMER]
            Do not walk in the path of the wireless power signal, instant death (sold separately) will occur

          • Pieter Kruger

            PS4 controllers are all wired, all the time due to their “revolutionary” 2 hour battery life……..just repeating one of the major complaints you always hear from ponies…..????

          • Hammersteyn

            Both are still working fine and I bought them back in 2013 thanks

          • Pieter Kruger

            Yes, they’re “working”, just not as intended! ROFL! My company BlackBerry is also still “working” although the battery doesn’t last half a day(but at least there was no need to buy new rubber buttons for my BlackBerry yet…)????

          • Hammersteyn

            R100 for 4 buttons. Maybe is Sony brought out a R2500 Elite controller the issue would be fixed

          • Pieter Kruger

            You’re OK with that? Goeie werk Sony, goeie werk!????????????

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m okay the same way you’re okay with a controller that costs almost half as much as the console.

          • Pieter Kruger

            It’s an option given to me and I love being given options. If I had the money laying around I’d buy the Elite controller in a heartbeat as it seemingly did the impossible, improve on perfection!

          • Hammersteyn

            lol “perfection”

          • Pieter Kruger

            “perfection” Indeed. The PS controllers are just too small, made for children and too light, feels a bit cheap……

          • Hammersteyn

            Perfection would be a cheaper price. R2500 is madness

          • JaRed

            This guy… Is a proper doos.

          • xdvd

            The thing is, everybody complains about the fact that the Xbox controllers has battery packs and the Playstation controllers don’t. I say rather give me an option to replace the (off the shelf) batteries myself than having to dismantle my PS4 / PS3 controller with a specialised screwdriver and still having to search the internet to find a compatible battery once the internal battery dies. I have three dead PS3 controllers that are now permanently “wired” if you catch my drift.

          • Hammersteyn

            I do and here’s the thing. After three years both Ps4 controllers still has a lot of life in the batteries and the charge very fast. Which is more than I can say for the PS3 controllers

      • I liked the weight, but the analogue sticks were weird. Also, you should like it, your giant hands just about fit around it 😛

        • Hammersteyn

          Well, it does make a excellent missile projectile

    • VampyreSquirrel

      The 360 controller works well for me.

      • Love that controller. Still my favourite.

    • miaau

      It is awesome, like the 360 one, just smoother and well, better.

      BUT the Xbox 360 controller is still ok to use, feels fine.

  • Eish. I mean, well done! How many are in SA by now?

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      42

      • Well there is meaning in those numbers 😉

    • VampyreSquirrel

      20?

      • lol

      • Hammersteyn

        Half of that were stolen

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          was or were?

          WEREWOLVES!!!

          WHERE? THERE!!! THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

          GAAAAAH

          • Hammersteyn

            They were returned when they realized they hadn’t stolen PS4s

          • Get me a tranquilizer, stat!

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            [Rince uses tranquilizer, it is not very effective]

            You’d have better luck with a case of beer

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Where is Bill Cosby these days anyway?

          • Being like Bill? 0_O

    • miaau

      I know few gamers personally (mostly you guys, who are all online) but three people I know have Xbox One’s.

      My circle of fiends does not exactly “game” as it were.

      • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

        My circle of fiends also do not game as I do

        (no spelling mistake there, intentional missed ‘r’)

        • miaau

          Certainly, yes. Also, I used to date a GirlFiend, in the truest sense.

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            I used to have a few girlfiends like that, that lost the r after a while

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            So they became gilfiends? O_o

          • I also had a fair share of those, so I replaced the “r” with “SP”

          • miaau

            or started out like that….. early twenties was a good time for me….

  • I am sure Japan is snapping them up

    • Like their arcade claw machines? xD

      • Hammersteyn
        • Hahaha xD
          I love Japan

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          LOL

        • Pieter Kruger

          From the same brilliant minds that brought you “Used Panty” vending machines…..

          • LOL

          • Hammersteyn

            Gross, fucking gross

          • miaau

            but, it would seem, a true thing, that was at only one or two limited vending machines in certain spots.

            Also, Vending machines for NEW disposable underwear were also around at one stage.

          • Hammersteyn

            Well that’s fine, but some ladies soiled undies?

          • Hammersteyn

            Wait. Whose brilliant minds are you speaking of?

          • Pieter Kruger

            You know……..????

          • Hammersteyn

            Not really, enlighten me

          • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

            STOP THINKING ABOUT USED PANTIES MAN!

    • Pieter Kruger

      LOL, yeah, they really should just stop trying! Follow Ford’s lead and cut your losses and withdraw completely!

  • Pieter Kruger

    They took a knock in profits due to price cuts even though they sold through more, but still VERY profitable!????????????

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    “it’s slowly wormed its way in to becoming my primary console.”

    Well thats just sad.

    • miaau

      Why? It is a great all round device, not just for gaming.

      I watch Youtbue chess videos on it, we watch music concerts, play DVD’s, watch TED, Netflix AND I play Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 et al on it. AND, when my daughter gets a bit older, she can probably use the voice commands to navigate where she wants to be.

      I think it is great. It has seemingly “hung” (controller not responive) twice, but even then you press home (only key that worked) and you can quit the app that hung. Fallout 4 hung once and Dungeon Siege 3 (Xbox 360 compat)

  • oops wrong place – this should go to FFD

    xD

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      Wrong article?

      • Yup, had multiple tabs open xD

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

          • Got my head in a huge pile of paperwork and trying to Lagz at the same time 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I just got given a list of all our jobs for the month and asked explain why so many of the profit margins look weird. Oh, and they still have to process all my cost accruals & releases. But can I check anyway.

            Hello, why is this puzzle is incomplete? Also, I’m holding half the pieces in my hand.

          • Hahaha Wednesday next week we can reset for another month 😛

  • XbotMK1

    Sony stated the PS4 sold through 36 million about a month ago which means it is probably approaching 38 million by now so that puts a hole in your theory.

    When that 18 million Xbox One rumor started going around, they were just guessing by using Microsoft’s 200 million Windows 10 devices statistic by subtracting PC and other Windows 10 devices other than Xbox One. That 18 million number could be refering to Xbox Ones shipped, not sold through. That is anothe flaw in your theory.

    And the last flaw is, how do we know EA isn’t full of sh*t?

    Bottom line is nobody knows how many Xbox Ones have been sold and websites are just posting misleading rumors. Nice click-bait.

    • Pieter Kruger

      Wasn’t aware that Windows 10 devices got activated/registered at shipping stage, I learn something new every day! Well, as long as we can agree that its selling very very well……????????????

      • JaRed

        Super narrow minded guy right here, I own a gaming PC, an XBone, and the PS4. XBox is for the casual, lil brat “gamers”.

        • Pieter Kruger

          No you don’t!!!!….ROFL!!!!

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