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5 million Xbox Ones shipped

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Last week, Sony announced that they had sold through 7 million PS4s. Now we have numbers from Microsoft. They are seriously impressive, although they highlight a key point.

When companies say they have “sold through” however many units, that means that those units were purchased by consumers. Products that are “sold-in” are those that are shipped to retail. For those who have sought to buy a new generation console in the past few months, it is readily apparent which one is more available. Last month, I could have walked out of a random Target in LA with an Xbox One, but the PS4 simply wasn’t in stock. So, when Sony says that 7 million PS4s have been sold through, that means that there are 7 million new generation Sony consoles in homes, offices, basements, arcades and other console-friendly environments around the world. Now, Microsoft is responding with their figure.

Having sold 311k Xbox Ones in March, the new console passed 5 million units sold in (shipped to retail). Remembering that the Xbox One is only available in a limited number of regions, that is seriously impressive. Xbox corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi explained:

The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time. […] Even more important to us is how much fun you are having on Xbox One. It’s amazing that Xbox One fans are spending an average of five hours per day on Xbox One and collectively have totaled more than one billion hours of time spent in games and apps on the console.

Considering how successful the Xbox 360 was/is, it’s particularly interesting to see how much faster this console is selling. Is this a sign that it will outpace the 360’s overall success, or will things peter out after the early adopters get their hands on those vibrating triggers? It certainly is encouraging for Microsoft to ship so many units when the console hasn’t even been out for six months yet – it would seems that they managed to redirect their PR and give consistent messages to gamers after their rocky start. Of course, the new generation is just getting started. Mehdi elaborated:

The team will continue to deliver regular improvements and new features based on your feedback through frequent system updates. Many more games are on the way with titles like Sunset Overdrive and Project Spark, many new games coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program, and many more entertainment experiences. We can’t wait to share more games with you in June at E3.

I’m also keen to see what’s announced at E3 this year. Now that the consoles are out of the way, it will be great for the press conferences to return to their focus on the games.

Last Updated: April 22, 2014


  1. Martin du preez

    April 22, 2014 at 07:59

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      April 22, 2014 at 08:01



    • Admiral Chief in Space

      April 22, 2014 at 08:01

      …intro for porno?


      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        April 22, 2014 at 08:05

        Not one I have seen yet. He isn’t off to a good start it seems.


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 22, 2014 at 08:14

        I’m fairly sure that isn’t how it works. Although it could explain what I’ve been doing wrong all this time. #foreverSP


        • Rince the Unhuggable

          April 22, 2014 at 08:23

          And so early in the morning, not bad. Coffee number 2 then?


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 22, 2014 at 08:39

            How could you tell?

      • Unavengedavo

        April 22, 2014 at 10:57

        Apparently this is a thing O_o


    • Kromas

      April 22, 2014 at 08:09

      The PC is standing right where the fight promoter is standing. Counting the money while the consoles beat themselves to a pulp. Yay PC. 😛


      • Admiral Chief in Space

        April 22, 2014 at 08:35

        This makes more sense to me


    • Rince the Unhuggable

      April 22, 2014 at 08:21

      What a start to a Tuesday, and I haven’t even had a coffee yet 0-o


  2. saneman

    April 22, 2014 at 08:42

    I have shipped a billion copies of my latest game!!! Im not giving exact “sales figures” but hey let me tell the world i have “shipped” a billion copies…


  3. Jonah Cash

    April 22, 2014 at 09:11

    Shipped means squat!! How many have you sold to the consumer????


  4. Unavengedavo

    April 22, 2014 at 09:21

    I’m a big fan of 50 Cent, or as he’s known in Zimbabwe, four hundred million dollars 😛


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