Xbox One Outperformed Last Year’s Sales
Everyone is providing their own quantities to the so-called console war, which has racked in millions of sold consoles for all parties involved. According to research firm IHS Markit, Microsoft’s three iterations of Xbox One consoles sold 39.1 million unit by the end of March 2018. At the end of the same month, Sony has contributed 76.6 million sold consoles to the market.
Microsoft’s numbers are relatively surprising, considering the lack of any console-shifting exclusives in the past couple of years. However, the company did reveal a 15% year-on-year increase in Xbox One sales. This may be explained by the uptake of 4K games and the industry’s desire to experience more games in 4K with the power of the Xbox One X. In addition, the Xbox Game Pass $9.99 monthly subscription does offer an incredibly hefty amount of content for the cost. Thus, some might argue it’s a system-selling prospect on its own.
Nevertheless, Nintendo Switch seems poised to overtake Xbox One sales, despite launching over three years later. The end of March 2018 saw 17.79 million consoles in the hands of consumers. Nintendo’s projection shows 20 million more sales by March 2019. Understandably, the Japanese company’s agenda involved a minimum of two Nintendo Switch consoles per household. This makes sense since its handheld capabilities offer a wholly different style of play from competitors.
We’ll have updated console sales numbers in the coming months. It will be interesting to see how the E3 showcases factor into future sales. Stay tuned.