If you’re reading this, you likely are aware that Microsoft and the Xbox division stopped reporting hardware and software sales earlier in this generation in favor of player counts and engagement figures. Of course, this has left many speculating as to just how many Xbox Ones have been sold worldwide.
Well thanks to a report by CNBC which uses data from research firm IDC, we may have some insight. According to the report, through the 2nd quarter of 2019 Microsoft has sold through 46.9 million consoles. This seems to line up with some prior reports given the timeline and is likely a much more credible number than the likes of VGChartz or other sites which have been relatively poor at guessing.
It’s an interesting number when you consider its place in history, how it compares to the PS4 in the US versus globally (nearly 1:1 in the US yet outsold heavily elsewhere), and its regression from the Xbox 360 figures. Take it with a grain of salt, but it at least gives us an idea.
While the Xbox One did a number of things wrong at the start of this generation, the Xbox team has done a tremendous job of turning the corner and has led the way for the industry in its consumer focus and services approach. By the end of the generation, it’s fair to say the Xbox One will surpass 50 million units sold. While that pales in comparison to its direct competitor the PS4, it’s still a significant number and makes it one of the better selling consoles of all-time (which may surprise some).