The next generation of console gaming has officially begun. With the launch of both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, the console war is flooding the internet. Now there will be reviews on the launch games and the hardware of the console itself.
But before all the fiasco takes over, the bigger concern is who has sold more units on launch day. While there is no official statement from Sony, Xbox is already making headlines. In a tweet earlier today, the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, gave some news about the sales of the next-gen console by Microsoft.
“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.”
Given the fact that Xbox Series X and S did not launch with Halo Infinite, they seem to be having a terrific day at the Microsoft office. Within the first 24 hours, according to Phil Spencer, Xbox has sold more units than any other previous Xbox console.
The previous record-holder was Xbox One. As analyst Daniel Ahmad rightly pointed out, the fact that Series X and S sold more units is directly related to the number of countries they have shipped it to.
From 13 countries for Xbox One to 37 for Series X and S is a gigantic leap for Microsoft. The simultaneous release of the two consoles also seems to have propelled sales around the globe. Moreover, Spencer has promised that Microsoft is working on the resupply in a quick fashion. Consumers can therefore expect the console as a Christmas gift this year.
Another amusing factor is how, despite the pandemic, the sales have worked out so well for Microsoft. Microsoft had complained multiple times in the last few months about how the lockdown was making things difficult for it. In fact, the reason given for the delay of Halo Infinite was the global pandemic.
Nevertheless, we will now wait for an official statement from Sony to judge the winner of launch day sales. Watch this space for more news on Xbox.