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Microsoft trumpets Titanfall success as Xbox One hits 5m shipped

Microsoft trumpets Titanfall success as Xbox One hits 5m shipped

Thu 17 Apr 2014 11:22pm GMT / 7:22pm EDT / 4:22pm PDT
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Xbox One selling 60 percent better than Xbox 360 at same point in time, Microsoft says

With the release of the March NPD data, which revealed EA's Titanfall as the top selling game of the month, Microsoft boasted about the game's success and the sales of Xbox One hardware. While Microsoft congratulated EA and developer Respawn, none of the companies involved have revealed exactly how much Titanfall actually sold.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that with Xbox One selling 311,000 units in March, the new console has passed 5 million units sold-in (shipped) to retail.

"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, a true testament to your love of console gaming," said Xbox corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi. "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."

"We're also thrilled to see your use and enjoyment of the latest features and apps we have released as part of our regular system updates. In particular, we broke new usage records with the number of unique Twitch broadcasters in the first week of availability," Mehdi continued. "Of course, we're just getting started with this generation and the months ahead will bring several announcements we think you'll love. 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."

12 Comments

Morville O'Driscoll
Blogger & Critic

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Aaaaaaaaand cue "Shipped to retailers vs sold-through statistics argument," in... 3... 2... 1.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 18th April 2014 8:34am

Posted:5 months ago

#1

Shehzaan Abdulla
Translator

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@Morville Microsoft is fudging the terminology themselves just fine:

sold-in to retailers since our launch." (Microsoft's corporate VP of marketing, strategy, and Business for Xbox, Yusuf Mehdi)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shehzaan Abdulla on 18th April 2014 12:07pm

Posted:5 months ago

#2

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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Just gauging by data extrapolation on VGC and Neogaf, there are more than 750,000 Xbox Ones sold into retailers that have not been sold to consumers. This number could be considerably higher.

Posted:5 months ago

#3

Jeff Kleist
Writer, Marketing, Licensing

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What's your methodology for that extrapolation? Just curious.

Posted:5 months ago

#4

David Serrano
Freelancer

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Is Microsoft boasting the XBO is performing better at the point in time when they'd knowingly sold millions of defective units to consumers but only provided a 3 month warranty... and then had the balls to bill consumers $90 plus shipping to repair the defect if the device failed after their laughable warranty had expired? Is that what they're boasting about? Really... ?

Posted:5 months ago

#5

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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@ Jeff VGC currently has the Xbox One sitting at 4.3 million worldwide. Obviously they aren't completely accurate, but their historical data is solid and they adjust backwards for more accurate trackers like NPD, Media Create, and ChartTrack. As all of those have recently updated for the month of April and VGC updated with them, the 4.3 million is likely quite close, and possibly even a little high since some of VGC's numbers went down. Hence 750Kish on shelves.

Disclaimer: I'm a news and reviews writer, I don't actually run any sales tracking on VGC, so my numbers aren't going to be perfect to theirs, but I do follow what they upload and change.

Posted:5 months ago

#6
In any case, it's an endurance race, less a marathon

Posted:5 months ago

#7

Andrew Jakobs
Lead Programmer

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Yes it might be an endurance race, but with the last endurance race it seems that Sony also won or is very close and that's even with a 1/1.5 year behind with a console which was much more expensive as the xbox360.. And now they have a console which is (again) technically superior to Microsoft's console but even with a lower price.. But time will tell..
(And with the PS3 being technically superior doesn't mean they had the best technically superior games, as the xbox 360 had some superior games when they were crossplatform, but this time around, the hardware isn't that much different)..

Posted:5 months ago

#8

Christian Keichel
Journalist

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Yes it might be an endurance race, but with the last endurance race it seems that Sony also won or is very close and that's even with a 1/1.5 year behind with a console which was much more expensive as the xbox360..
Looking at the losses Sony AND Microsoft piled up with their consoles during the last generation, I would say both lost the race. Both sold fewer consoles then Nintendo did with the Wii and both didn't managed to make money from their consoles until the last 1 or 2 years and then the profits were tiny compared to the losses from the first years of the generation.

Posted:5 months ago

#9

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Just because something sells less doesnt mean it isnt succesful. I know lots a people are comparing XB1 and PS4 sales, I know PS4 has sold over 7 million. But 5 million aint bad at all. i hope the WiiU picks up though. Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros look pretty awsome.

Posted:5 months ago

#10

Roberto Dillon
Associate Professor

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"Xbox One selling 60 percent better than Xbox 360 at same point in time, Microsoft says"

And now we finally realize why the infamous RROD actually happened: to make early sales for the later gen look better! Undoubtedly, Microsoft execs have very long range planning skills!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Roberto Dillon on 22nd April 2014 4:15am

Posted:5 months ago

#11

Paul Shirley
Programmers

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@Rick: 5mil maybe sounds successful but what I've noticed is XB1 is now permanently heavily discounted, often down to PS4 price here in the UK. MS are paying a heavy price for that 'success'.

My $100 XB1 Kinect remains unused ;)

Posted:5 months ago

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