Xbox Launch is Biggest in History, But Specifics are Left Out

Posted on November 13, 2020 by Brad Sams in Games, Xbox, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 10 Comments

To little surprise, considering that gaming, in general, has been on an upswing during the pandemic, Xbox is announcing that this is the biggest launch in Xbox history. While this is great news for Microsoft and the Xbox team, the company stops short of telling us the details we want to know.

That detail? How many consoles the company has sold. All the company is saying today is that more new consoles were sold than in any prior generation and that “70 percent of Series X|S consoles are attached to new and existing Xbox Game Pass members”.

To put this into perspective, Microsoft did tell us with the Xbox One release that more than 1 million units were moved in the first 24 hrs. Meaning, Microsoft sold more than a million consoles on the first day of availability for the Series S and X.

The company is also saying that a total of 3594 different games were played that span four generations. It’s clear that the robust backwards compatibility for the Xbox is a key advantage in the early launch period while gamers wait for additional new titles to land that take advantage of the new features the consoles offer.

The other key stat that is important to understand is that initially, the attach rate for Game Pass, is huge for Microsoft. The company says that 7/10 gamers on Xbox during the first 24 hrs were subscribed to the service.

It’s a perfect storm for Microsoft, everyone is stuck at home, they have a solid value offering with the Series S and GamePass, and we are heading into the winter months for many countries around the globe. It’s good to hear that consoles are selling well, it’s unfortunate that we don’t know the finer details.

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10 responses to “Xbox Launch is Biggest in History, But Specifics are Left Out”

  1. crunchyfrog

    What I really need to know is where to find a Series X and when to expect more of them. Sold out EVERYWHERE.

  2. richardbottiglieri

    I got lucky and was able to snag a Series S from walmart.com on release day. I should have it tomorrow. Pretty psyched, as I'm upgrading from an original Xbox One console (with the power brick). It's served me well, but it sounds like it's about to take off when I play Call of Duty. :-)


    I was torn between the X and S, but I don't have a 4K TV in that game room, and it's unlikely that I'll upgrade that TV anytime soon. I'm disappointed in the 512 GB internal storage of the Series S, but I would end up with one of those expansion cards, anyway. So, I picked up one of those as well. I'm already using a USB SSD for games that I play regularly, and I have a large WD USB HDD for "cold storage" of games. I don't currently use the internal drive on that original system for any games; it's just too slow.


    Worst case scenario is that I give the S to my son to take to college with him next year, and I keep that expansion card for either a new, updated Series S with 1T storage (if they ever offer such a thing) or maybe go for an X. So, it'll get used either way.


    I do hope Microsoft will offer an option in a future software update to allow Xbox X|S games to be played off of USB storage with the understanding that you won't get the benefit of features like Quick Resume, etc. I don't get this one, frankly. My son has a gaming PC with a high end graphics card, and he can play high resolution games off of an internal 4T HDD.

  3. sammyg

    I got two, one pre-order and one from Target at 5 min past midnight on the 10th. One in use one a Xmas present for my boy. Its been fantastic so far.

  4. EraseYourself

    Why is it unfortunate? Microsoft made a great point. Sony sold two times the amount of consoles they did but how many are actively engaged? A console bought and not being used provides no benefit but a user subscribed to their services is a win.

  5. matthewitt

    I preordered one and then ended up returning it, unplayed. After reading some of the reviews and realizing I just don’t have much time for gaming anymore, I decided to return it. So many games went unfinished on my Xbox One, that should keep me busy for a while. Maybe I’ll pick up another in the future sometime.

  6. Saarek

    My Xbox One X should last me another 2 years or so, I don't buy new consoles until enough next gen titles are out to make it worth my while.


    But it's good to see positive sale numbers, I love my Xbox and these sales should hopeful spell good news for the future lineup.

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