Microsoft can be safe in the assurance that the Xbox One X will remain the most powerful console on the market for much of 2019.
This is good news for the tech giant, as the mid-generation shift has proven very popular with Xbox gamers.
While many questioned the validity of launching another console with higher specs, the Xbox One X has earned its accolades.
Not only has Microsoft seen games like Red Dead Redemption 2 excel on the new console, but they have also provided upgrades to old Xbox 360 games.
But while the Xbox One X remains a bright spot going into the future for the company, there has also been other more sobering news.
According to VGChartz, the sales gap between the Xbox One and Xbox 360 continues to widen.
It has now become clear that the older generation will remain the most sold product of the two for the time being.
The Xbox One has failed to keep up with the PS4 which is now reported to be close to 88 million units sold.
This beats the numbers left by the Xbox 360, which sold an impressive 86 million units during its lifetime.
“October 2018 is the 60th month of the Xbox One being on sale. In the latest month the gap grew in favour of the Xbox 360 by 306,648 units,” VGChartz reports.
“In the last 12 months, the Xbox 360 has grown its lead by 3.49 million units. The Xbox 360 currently leads by 5.26 million.
“Both consoles launched in November. The Xbox 360 launched in November 2005, while the Xbox One launched in November 2013.
“The Xbox One has sold 39.51 million units, while its predecessor the Xbox 360 sold 44.77 million units.”
It’s worth pointing out that while the PS3 fell behind the Xbox 360 for a long time, Sony did manage to catch up.
And there’s certainly a lot of positive news to point to that helps balance this latest update on Xbox One sales.
Microsoft earning reports from 2018 are filled with positive growth concerning the Xbox Live subscription service.
The company no longer provides their own data on console sales and instead measure success based on how many subscribers they have.
And according to the latest numbers, Microsoft now has 57 million subscribers to Xbox Live.
This was paired with the news that gaming revenue exceeded $10 billion during the fiscal 2018 year, which ended June 30.
This has all combined into a record year for the company, with revenue reported to have grown over 14%, reaching $110 billion.
This follows shock news concerning the sales of the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s new benchmark gaming machine.
As mentioned above, sales of the Xbox One has fallen behind the Xbox 360; however, the Xbox One X is a relatively new product with a higher price tag.
And according to industry analyst with NPD, Mat Piscatella, the Xbox One X is having a great year.
“Xbox One sales show the highest growth of the three major hardware platforms in the U.S. this year, and the Xbox One X, in particular, has been performing phenomenally,” he reveals.
“year-over-year growth like this at this point in the cycle has never been seen before, driven by the launch of the Xbox One X and new content delivery efforts.
“It’s a mid-generation turnaround the market’s never seen before. This qualifies as phenomenal, even if not market leading.”
Microsoft may have trouble catching up with the Xbox 360 and PS4 when it comes to sales numbers, but the Xbox ecosystem appears alive and very well going into 2019.
Next year is expected to be a crucial year for both Microsoft and Sony, with new consoles from both companies expected to be announced.
The battle for the next generation might be looming, but it appears that it will be filled with a lot of differences, like more mid-generation refreshes, VR expansion and the possibility of new game streaming experiences.
Published at Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:01:00 +0000