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Xbox Series X and S break Microsoft launch records

The launch of the Xbox Series X and S is the biggest in Microsoft’s history, says Phil Spencer

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The launch of the Xbox Series X and S is the biggest in Microsoft’s history, says Phil Spencer

Despite supply constraints, delayed pre-order deliveries, and a few annoyingly clicky disc-drives, sales of the Xbox Series X and Series S are off to a good start.

That’s according to Microsoft’s head of Xbox Phil Spencer, who last night tweeted:

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“Thank you for supporting the largest launch in Xbox history. In 24 hrs more new consoles sold, in more countries, than ever before. We’re working with retail to resupply as quickly as possible. You continue to show us the connective power of play is more important than ever.”

The launch bodes well for the Series X and S, which – despite a scant lineup of truly next-gen games – have not received the torrent of negative publicity that greeted the Xbox One in 2013.

Exact sales numbers are not forthcoming, and nor we expect to see any. Microsoft stopped reporting console units sold once it was clear the PlayStation 4 had taken the advantage last generation. With the company just as focussed on driving Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, we don’t expect that to change.

There’s also no indication on the sales split between the higher-powered Xbox Series X and its cheaper, cuter Series S sibling.

Nintendo recently reported some impressive sales figures for the Switch, and with Sony expecting to sell over seven million PlayStation 5’s this fiscal year, it looks like every platform holder has reason to be cheerful.


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