Microsoft: Over 5 million Xbox One consoles sold to stores, 311,000 units sold in March in U.S.

Microsoft has finally offered up some partial updates on the worldwide sales of its Xbox One console. Today, the company announced that more than 5 million units have been sold to retailers worldwide, after previously saying in January that 3.9 million units had been bought by stores.

Today's numbers don't reveal how many of those Xbox One units have actually been sold to consumers. However, it did say that globally, its sales are outpacing those of the Xbox 360 by 60 percent when comparing the launch time frame of both consoles

Microsoft stated that in the U.S, 311,000 Xbox One units were sold in the month of March with 1.4 million games purchased. It added that 111,000 units of the older Xbox 360 console were sold in the same month in the U.S., with 2.7 million games for that console bought in March. Microsoft said the combined sales total of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games covered 49 percent of the total game software market share in March.

Titanfall, which was released for the Xbox One and PC in March, was the number one best selling game in the U.S. last month, according to the research firm NPD Group. Specific sales figures were not announced. Sony's Playstation 4 exclusive title Infamous: Second Son was number two, while Ubisoft's South Park: The Stick of Truth was the third best selling game in March.

Titanfall's numbers didn't boost Xbox One sales enough to catch the PS4, which was the number one best selling console in the U.S. in March for the third straight month. As usual, Sony did not offer any U.S. sales numbers for its consoles. On Wednesday, however, it announced that the PS4 had exceeded 7 million units in sales worldwide.

Even though NPD stated game hardware sales in the U.S. jumped up 78 percent in March compared to a year ago, software sales were down 28 percent. Overall, retail sales of consoles, games and accessories in the U.S. totaled $1.03 billion in March, up 3 percent.

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Blackhearted said,

You do know that's not to customers, right?

It's sold to retailers, but it doesn't matter. They are pretty much sold to consumers, as retailers are not going to order more than demand. Not to mention, only in 13 countries. Will be awesome once they reach 60 countries like their competitor.

Kvally said,

It's sold to retailers, but it doesn't matter. They are pretty much sold to consumers, as retailers are not going to order more than demand. Not to mention, only in 13 countries. Will be awesome once they reach 60 countries like their competitor.

Yes it does matter. If you read what was posted above about how there was 3.9 million shipped by end of 2013 while only 3 million were actually sold to consumers it becomes quite clear that shipped and sold are not even remotely close to being the same like you think.

Blackhearted said,

Yes it does matter. If you read what was posted above about how there was 3.9 million shipped by end of 2013 while only 3 million were actually sold to consumers it becomes quite clear that shipped and sold are not even remotely close to being the same like you think.

Actually it doesn't matter. What is sold to retail is pretty much sold to consumers now, and retailers are continuing to order more to match demand.

So like I said...

Microsoft needs to change something because they're in 3rd (see: last) place this console gen.

Yes, the Wii U has sold more units than the Xbox One.

I think they really shot themselves in the foot with their poor DRM announcement at E3.

MS never announced the DRM officially, they just ignored public outcry to the rumors and they're vastly outselling the WiiU. WiiU has more total units sold ATM but is selling slower than the Dreamcast did back then.

You know the WiiU has been out a year longer right? And Microsoft is about to pass them after a whole 5 months on the market. I don't think they have anything to worry about. You're the only one spinning anything.

I love how all the Sony fanboys are all worked up over the numbers where the MSFT guys are like, "Hey good progress, we will get there."

I guess I would be worried to if my product was made by a hardware only company and not the leading worldwide software company.

After all it's the hardware that makes the product right?

spenser.d said,
You know the WiiU has been out a year longer right? And Microsoft is about to pass them after a whole 5 months on the market. I don't think they have anything to worry about. You're the only one spinning anything.

About to? lol, no. With the rate the xbox one is selling at(to actual customers), it's going to need a lot more time to be able to top the wii u. Perhaps by the end of the year it'll match it, as long as microsoft actually gets worthwhile exclusives and a huge price drop by then.

peashooter said,
I love how all the Sony fanboys are all worked up over the numbers where the MSFT guys are like, "Hey good progress, we will get there."

Judging from the comments in here, I would say that the lie detector determined that that's a huge lie.

Judging by how they said 3 million sold, and 3.9 million shipped at the end of last year, it's very safe to assume the xbox one is around 4.1 or maybe 4.2 million(if they're lucky) sold. That's pretty bad. If this keeps up it may be time to switch the doomsaying from nintendo to microsoft.

Blackhearted said,
Judging by how they said 3 million sold, and 3.9 million shipped at the end of last year, it's very safe to assume the xbox one is around 4.1 or maybe 4.2 million(if they're lucky) sold. That's pretty bad. If this keeps up it may be time to switch the doomsaying from nintendo to microsoft.

When you take into account that PS4 is avalible worldwide and Xbox One in only 13 countries the PS4 should be much further in front but isn't. Once both consoles have been avalible worldwide for a year then is the time for companies to start worrying or not.

7 million \ 48 countries = 14583
5 million \ 13 countries = 38416

As it stands now on avaerage Sony are the one's who are probably worried as it could look like people are waiting for the Xbox One but as I say, only time will tell.

We're really going to go back to this tired old "the ps4 is available in more countries" argument when most of the countries the one isn't available in are ones microsoft either fails HORRIBLY in(japan), or typically does worse than sony(europe)? Those other countries may help, yes, but close a 3 million gap and make them equal? I highly doubt it. Especially if microsoft makes no changes in the process.

Also, if we're gonna use the country excuse for why the xbox hasn't sold more than it has, then we must not leave out the limited stock reason as to why the ps4 isn't crushing the one even harder than it has thus far.

Blackhearted said,
Judging by how they said 3 million sold, and 3.9 million shipped at the end of last year, it's very safe to assume the xbox one is around 4.1 or maybe 4.2 million(if they're lucky) sold. That's pretty bad. If this keeps up it may be time to switch the doomsaying from nintendo to microsoft.

http://www.vgchartz.com/
Youre pretty much on spot.

VGChartz is a guestimate site. Their numbers are a joke. The only numbers worth anything are the ones on corporate reports and even there Sony likes to combine SKUs to skew numbers.

Thief000 said,
VGChartz is a guestimate site. Their numbers are a joke. The only numbers worth anything are the ones on corporate reports and even there Sony likes to combine SKUs to skew numbers.

I have been using that site for almost a decade, and they were always exactly or very close to other sources. But you sure have proof for your claim.

But if you really think corporate reports are worth more, I dont think its worth continuing with you anyway, since you have already contradicted yourself, without noticing it.

Yeah, the massive corrections VGChartz often do and all their under/overtracked BS are all the proof I need. Good luck with your contradiction.

Maybe you cant read properly, but of course they correct their numbers often, simply because they change every week and are cross-referenced.
I see you still havent realized your contradiction. Just tell me when you need help finding it. :)
Still waiting for your proof.

Kravex said,

When you take into account that PS4 is avalible worldwide and Xbox One in only 13 countries the PS4 should be much further in front but isn't. Once both consoles have been avalible worldwide for a year then is the time for companies to start worrying or not.

7 million \ 48 countries = 14583
5 million \ 13 countries = 38416

As it stands now on avaerage Sony are the one's who are probably worried as it could look like people are waiting for the Xbox One but as I say, only time will tell.

Except that xbox one is loosing in its home market. Also in UK.

I think it's about running the marathon, and not trying to sprint to the finish line . Microsoft may be slow in sales in the beginning, but will hopefully come out ahead in the end. Looking forward to more updates on Xbox One.

I wonder what the number would be if they included the number of Xbox One that have been replaced due to faulty hardware, DOA units or units that died after a period of time.

timster said,
I wonder what the number would be if they included the number of Xbox One that have been replaced due to faulty hardware, DOA units or units that died after a period of time.

I highly doubt they're counted as units sold.

"Sold to retailers?"

Sony BOASTS 7 million PS4's sold to Consumers, whereas Microsoft states that 5 million sold to RETAILERS?

This looks like an EPIC Fail of monstrous proportions for Microsoft.

The fact that Sony is in more markets means nothing for now. If the Xbox One were to open in the same markets as the PS4 do you think that the people who bought PS4's are going to dish out the money to buy Xbox Ones?

Edited by VictorWho, Apr 18 2014, 2:07am :

Sony BOASTS 7 million PS4's sold to Consumers, whereas Microsoft states that 5 million sold to RETAILERS?

This looks like an EPIC Fail of monstrous proportions for Microsoft.


Epic fail of monstrous proportions because they sold 2 million less? It's not like retailers have a giant warehouse full of Xbox Ones that aren't selling.

If that's your definition of "epic fail of monstrous proportions" then your perception is incredibly biased.

Both consoles are selling well, just the PS4 is selling better. Neither of them is anywhere near an "epic failure" especially since Sony and MS have both said that they'll be making a small profit right of the bat with each sale, something that they've never been able to do before (both the 360 and PS3 were sold for deep losses in the first few years).

Epic fail? I'm not sure what your definition of "epic fail" is. Neither system is epic 'failing' nor epic 'winning'. It doesn't really even matter so long as the XB1 is supported and built upon for years to come. That's the only stake I hold because I chose that system. In 5 years we'll be having the same argument of which system won and then the newest system will be announced and it will start all over. Just choose the one you like and be done with it, eh?

VictorWho said,
"Sold to retailers?"

Sony BOASTS 7 million PS4's sold to Consumers, whereas Microsoft states that 5 million sold to RETAILERS?

This looks like an EPIC Fail of monstrous proportions for Microsoft.

The fact that Sony is in more markets means nothing for now. If the Xbox One were to open in the same markets as the PS4 do you think that the people who bought PS4's are going to dish out the money to buy Xbox Ones?

Do you actually think Sony would miss the opportunity to boast a higher number if it could. Those were not sale to consumers.

Edited by Andrew, Apr 18 2014, 6:07pm :

nickcruz said,

Do you actually think Sony would miss the opportunity to boast a higher number if it could. Those were not sale to consumers.

Yes they were, reported by Sony as well as other companies. Can't hide the truth.

Edited by Andrew, Apr 18 2014, 6:22pm :

Both companies track the sold to retailers numbers. There is no epic fail here as the Xbox One is vastly outselling the Xbox 360 in the same point in time after launch. The epic fail is from the FUD spreaders you choose to believe.

Edited by Thief000, Apr 18 2014, 7:14am :

Here we go with the kindergarten patty cake sales figures games again! Yesterday Sony, so MS has to say something today...and to be honest manufacturers get paid by channel partners, i.e retailers, unless it's consignment. So to them the money is in the bank once it leaves the factory, not when it gets to our homes. Of course they want devices with people, both because they want content purchases and because that's what they make the devices for. But money-wise i wouldn't worry about either Sony or MS. I'd worry about my fellow neowinians and myself first...I don't think Sony or MS think twice before buying a nice pizza for dinner.

The PS4 is currently available in many more markets than the Xbox One, correct? Doesn't that mean it's sales SHOULD be higher world-wide?

And what's the ratio of the populations that can buy each console... is it close to 2:1 in favor of PS4 too? If so, then they're selling about the same rate, no?

If, hypothetically, MS could snap their fingers and the One was in all the exact same countries as the PS4 tomorrow, they still would not be even in sales. Outside of USA/UK, the Xbox brand is a lot less popular than the PlayStation brand. That's not fanboyism on my part, that's just reality and history backs me up.

The point is, it'd close the gap significantly.

PS4: 7 million \ 48 countries = 14583
XB1: 5 million \ 13 countries = 38416

The Xbox One is doing fine. And as more games come out, and more new features are added/enhanced with updates, and as the Xbox One comes to more and more markets over the next year, it'll continue to do just fine.

pmbAustin said,
The point is, it'd close the gap significantly.

PS4: 7 million \ 48 countries = 14583
XB1: 5 million \ 13 countries = 38416

The Xbox One is doing fine. And as more games come out, and more new features are added/enhanced with updates, and as the Xbox One comes to more and more markets over the next year, it'll continue to do just fine.

That math is pointless. Xbox One is loosing in it home market. Explain that.

Let play different game ... how long both Sony and Microsoft will stay in business? ...

Impressive number is only if it brings in revenue.

Wasn't there an article that stated Sony had nearly 80% chance of going out of business in the next year or two? It's going to be a fun time on the internet when that happens and people realize they bought a popular device from a dead company and spread even more BS around.

Thief000 said,
Wasn't there an article that stated Sony had nearly 80% chance of going out of business in the next year or two? It's going to be a fun time on the internet when that happens and people realize they bought a popular device from a dead company and spread even more BS around.

Sony will not go out of business. That is absolutely ridiculous to think that.

Ha, tell that to the Billion dollar corporations that went under during the recession in the 80's. IN YOUR OPINION, it's ridiculous to think that. Corporate statistics can show an entirely different picture and Sony's numbers aren't lying, they're in a very bad place, even with the PS4 doing well.

And how many of those companies in the 80's were as diverse as Sony is now? Sony will most likely restructure and dump a division or two. But disappear entirely in the next two years? An Obama 3rd term is more likely.

sold to stores

I am sure the store stocking up on a lot of those console expecting it to be in the hands of the customers. :)

I will accept that at least 10-15% of the 7 million are customers that choose the PS4 because it was cheaper then the Xbox One. The real question is not how many consoles are being sold is how many games per console being sold.

Those 7 million consoles can only result in so many games being sold. Nintendo sold more Wii consoles then it knew what to do with but the number of games per console were not high.

Once Microsoft expands into my regions 2.5 million consoles is not a huge lead.

TheGhostPhantom said,
I will accept that at least 10-15% of the 7 million are customers that choose the PS4 because it was cheaper then the Xbox One. The real question is not how many consoles are being sold is how many games per console being sold.

Those 7 million consoles can only result in so many games being sold. Nintendo sold more Wii consoles then it knew what to do with but the number of games per console were not high.

Once Microsoft expands into my regions 2.5 million consoles is not a huge lead.

The source article states 2.9 games per Xbox One sold. Dunno about the others.

I'm not sure how many PS4s were sold in Japan, but there's no contest in that territory. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft skipped it entirely.

dead.cell said,
Doesn't really matter much right now, the consoles are still in their infancy. We still don't have no Halo, we still don't have no Naughty Dog.

What is interesting is that, if I'm reading this right, despite the Titanfall push, it still wasn't enough to push the XBO sales over the PS4 for the month of March in the US, as many including myself might have expected...

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/a...hardware-again-in-march-npd

Halo means nothing. DO you think people are holding out on spending $500 for an Xbox One just to play one game when the PS4 will most likely come out with an equally popular game?

VictorWho said,
Halo means nothing. DO you think people are holding out on spending $500 for an Xbox One just to play one game when the PS4 will most likely come out with an equally popular game?

I'm not talking about console sales, but rather the profitability of the consoles with games that will sell in massive quantities.

My point was to counter the idea that the PS4 somehow won't do well because Microsoft has a short-term advantage with their game selection. The long term is what will matter more, and considering the numbers of the PS4, Sony will likely have the advantage on cross platform games, not to mention their own big titles.

Of course, this all means nothing really to the average consumer I suppose. Pick whatever suits you.

VictorWho said,

Halo means nothing. DO you think people are holding out on spending $500 for an Xbox One just to play one game when the PS4 will most likely come out with an equally popular game?

halo means nothing??
lol...yeah, you keep believing that.
I know so many online groups that are playing halo 3/reach/4 right now up until halo x1 drops. Same for me as well.
halo is the only mp game I enjoy playing on consoles so I'm holding out as well.

7 million and 5 million are both good numbers. Basically all it means to us is that both systems have enough users to make it worth making games for them.

Things the article failed to mention:
1) Wii U sales figures
2) Game sales figures did not include digital downloads
3) Obamacare is at 8 million now, so clearly ahead of all three consoles

yeah good one lol. Either way this is good for Microsoft. Considering the bad press and price difference and being in fewer markets, being 2 million behind isn't that bad.

I think with their new leadership, they realize that they can't rest on their laurels and not do anything to counter a resurgent Sony. I think we'll see in the future, apps losing their gold requirement and possibly Xbox Live Gold rewards program being on parity with Playstation Plus.

I think it speaks about their confidence in the product that they are willing to release specific numbers, even when they know their overall numbers are less than what Sony already announced and they did not dethrone the PS4 for the month. I can't wait for E3 to see what Microsoft does. I don't think they'll make the same mistakes that they did last year in terms of PR and I wonder if Sony will now in turn becoming the arrogant market leader and make stupid mistakes.


Side note I finally got a Wii U so they got at least one sale last month lol.

Sony is hardly "resurgent" and the PS4's profits, no matter how impressive, isn't enough to offset how much they've been bleeding elsewhere (more than a billion dollar loss this last fiscal year). They need to pull up their socks or else they're going to find themselves in deep trouble soon.

Enron said,
7 million and 5 million are both good numbers. Basically all it means to us is that both systems have enough users to make it worth making games for them.

The difference being that it's 7 million sold to consumers versus 5 million sold to shops.

Romero said,
Sony is hardly "resurgent" and the PS4's profits, no matter how impressive, isn't enough to offset how much they've been bleeding elsewhere (more than a billion dollar loss this last fiscal year). They need to pull up their socks or else they're going to find themselves in deep trouble soon.

A billion dollar loss on a 170billion dollar revenue, oh my god they're bleeding to death.
It's like bleeding 25ml of blood... I'm no doctor but that's far from an issue.

Yeah Sony is a huge company and has some divisions not doing very good. But so far the Entertainment Division is making a ton of money.

MindTrickz said,

The difference being that it's 7 million sold to consumers versus 5 million sold to shops.

Funny how you say that like it means anything :rolleyes:

Shadowzz said,

A billion dollar loss on a 170billion dollar revenue, oh my god they're bleeding to death.
It's like bleeding 25ml of blood... I'm no doctor but that's far from an issue.

Yeah Sony is a huge company and has some divisions not doing very good. But so far the Entertainment Division is making a ton of money.

Not sure what magic numbers you're quoting, but according to Sony's statement, they're projecting to lose $1.1bn on $7bn in revenue, $170bn...

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/13q3_sony.pdf (page 10)

Either way $1bn is nothing to laugh at. They can't stand on gaming alone so they need to turn their other areas around.

Shadowzz said,

A billion dollar loss on a 170billion dollar revenue, oh my god they're bleeding to death.

$170 billion revenue what? Are you quoting their assets or something?

-Razorfold said,

$170 billion revenue what? Are you quoting their assets or something?

oh ye sorry, 175b in assets, 70b in revenue. Still not an issue.

pdf from spenser is a quarter, which also states a 23% increase in sales compared to 2012q3

spenser.d said,

Not sure what magic numbers you're quoting, but according to Sony's statement, they're projecting to lose $1.1bn on $7bn in revenue, $170bn...

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/13q3_sony.pdf (page 10)

Either way $1bn is nothing to laugh at. They can't stand on gaming alone so they need to turn their other areas around.

Sony has been losing money on their TV business for 10 years in a row now, maybe time to admit defeat to Samsungs TV section and spin it off like they did their PC section. Their Camera business is bleeding money. Pretty much their only profitable divisions are the PlayStation division, Music company and their Smartphone division.

McKay said,

Sony has been losing money on their TV business for 10 years in a row now, maybe time to admit defeat to Samsungs TV section


Technically they can't spin it off to Samsung since they use Samsung panels just with their own firmware :rofl:

-Razorfold said,

Technically they can't spin it off to Samsung since they use Samsung panels just with their own firmware :rofl:

I don't mean spin it off TO Samsung. I mean admit Samsung wiped the floor with them, and then spin the TV part of Sony off.

MindTrickz said,

The difference being that it's 7 million sold to consumers versus 5 million sold to shops.

Are you kidding me? What makes you think Sony is counting those sold to customers? Besides the fact that they are in more markets. Oh and don't come wit the bull that those markets don't sell that much because even if those markets only sold 100k per month combined, that would be 600k in 6 month.

spenser.d said,

Funny how you say that like it means anything :rolleyes:

Surely you realize the difference and the importance of sold to consumers and sold to shop? The Microsoft number includes consoles on shop shelves and warehouse, while the Sony number only includes the ones sold to consumers.


How much higher would the Sony number be if they included all the PS4 in shops around the world.

nickcruz said,

Are you kidding me? What makes you think Sony is counting those sold to customers? Besides the fact that they are in more markets. Oh and don't come wit the bull that those markets don't sell that much because even if those markets only sold 100k per month combined, that would be 600k in 6 month.

Because that is what has been reported by Sony, and market groups.

MindTrickz said,

The difference being that it's 7 million sold to consumers versus 5 million sold to shops.

The difference is also 7 million consoles sold worldwide versus 5 million sold in 13 countries.

Their assets were at the midpoint of $170B last year. Now they're already well under $150B. They lost/sold $20B in a under half a year and have $130B in liabilities. $1.1B loss on only $7B in revenue is a VERY BIG problem.

Edited by Thief000, Apr 18 2014, 7:02am :

Hahaiah said,
Interesting, I'm curious can everyone that is actually directly affected by this please raise your hand.

Well, apparently 12 million people should be raising their hands about now.

MindTrickz said,

The difference being that it's 7 million sold to consumers versus 5 million sold to shops.

Clearly an idea formed only in your head.

MindTrickz said,

Surely you realize the difference and the importance of sold to consumers and sold to shop? The Microsoft number includes consoles on shop shelves and warehouse, while the Sony number only includes the ones sold to consumers.


How much higher would the Sony number be if they included all the PS4 in shops around the world.

According to the Supreme Court, corporations are people so there must not be any difference. /s

Kravex said,

The difference is also 7 million consoles sold worldwide versus 5 million sold in 13 countries.

How many Xbox Ones were sold outside of these 13 countries?

I dont understand, both figures are entire world sales figures. Neither are excluding markets.

zhangm said,

Obamacare was only sold in one country.

I wonder how many XBones and PS4s would sell if the government taxed people for not owning them... =)