Xbox One has sold an estimated 18 million units0 Comments
According to a recent interview given by Neville Upton, the chief executive of eSports firm Gfinity, Xbox One sales have reached 18 million units since its release in November 2012. Upton let the figure slip during a press conference about a new partnership between Microsoft and Gfinity, but has since explained where the figures he quoted came from.
At the release, the chief of Gfinity was quoted as saying, "We are delighted to announce the launch of our Tournament Builder App on Xbox One, which will enhance the Gfinity offering and enable us to reach Xbox One's 18 million users globally." It became apparent shortly afterwards that this may not have been an official Microsoft figure, but the company came back and discussed where the statistic originated.
In a statement to GameSpot made after the press conference, Gfinity responded that "it has not sought to confirm Microsoft sales figures. The comments in the statement today is based on a variety of independent sources published earlier this year.” These figures do corroborate with numbers that have been floating around the internet since earlier this year, based off unnamed independent sources.
Microsoft has never been one to give out their concrete sales numbers, which could be attributed to any number of factors. In response to the leaked figures, a Microsoft representative responded that they prefer to focus on active users over sales statistics.
This number represents the total number of users who have signed in to Xbox Live in the past month, which we believe provides a more accurate view of engagement compared to hardware sales. Specific to Microsoft’s most recent earnings report for FY16 Q2, we saw video game revenue grow 47 percent and Xbox Live revenue increased 24 percent with active Xbox Live monthly users growing 30 percent to 48 million.
If the number is accurate, it still has Xbox One trailing behind PlayStation 4 by approximately 2:1, but it also shows impressive growth over last year when estimates were that the PS4 was outselling the Xbox One by at least 3:1.