The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.
This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
The Xbox Series X|S launched in November 2020, while the Xbox One launched in November 2013. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do lineup.
XSX|S Vs. XOne Worldwide:
Gap change in latest month: 663,044 – XOne
Gap change over last 12 months: 780,331 – XSX|S
Total Lead: 1,128,237 – XSX|S
Xbox Series X|S Total Sales: 20,359,602
Xbox One Total Sales: 19,231,365
December 2022 is the 26th month the Xbox Series X|S has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the Xbox One when compared to the aligned launch of the Xbox Series X|S by 0.66 million units.
In the last 12 months, the Xbox Series X|S has grown by 0.78 million units. The Xbox Series X|S is currently ahead by 1.13 million units.
The Xbox Series X|S has sold 20.36 million units in 26 months, while the Xbox One sold 19.23 million units. Month 26 for the Xbox Series X|S is December 2022 and for the Xbox One is December 2015.
The Xbox One did not reach current Xbox Series X|S sales until month 29 when it sold 20.40 million units.
The Xbox One crossed 20 million in month 29, 30 million in month 46, and 40 million in month 61. The Xbox One has sold 51.28 million units lifetime. The Xbox Series X|S 30.92 million units behind lifetime Xbox One sales.
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What’s hurting the xbox in the US based on my experience is the series s. I’m seeing them sit on shelves a long time because there is too many of them compared to the series x. the x on the other hand sells out almost as quick as the ps5. many people don’t want an underpowered console, sony was right about that. They should have had more series x consoles in the US and redirected the S consoles elsewhere.
The Series S are also sitting on shelves in Europe so same situation elsewhere.
I like the Series S but it was a bit too weak. Should have been a bit closer to the PS5. 32 CU for example. Bit more ram.
Would love Microsoft + AMD to take the Radeon 7600 XT and make that a Series S2. Much better.
The Radeon 7600 XT is AMD’s strongest GPU die in perf/dollar. Could probably equal the Series X for a lot less money.
Get the price of the Series S back up from $250 to $350. Equal the PS5 in performance.
Matching PS5’s performance would defeat the purpose of Series X.
Series S should have had more RAM and 50% more GPU power, still not nearly enough to match PS5’s specs, but the gap would at least be reasonable.
It is 2023. Why not replace the Series S and X with a new console that is 32CUs. The 7600 XT. IMO why not? The higher clock speeds of the 7600 XT and RDNA3 make it cheaper to build and just as fast as Series X. You can keep the original Series X for people that want an optical drive.
Get that Series X power from $500 down to $350. Call it the Series XS.
Can it be done as small, and within the thermal envelope, as the Series X?
Overall, I agree. I don’t think we’ll see "pro" consoles from Microsoft, and instead they’ll hold off until they’re ready to upgrade to a new architecture.
I don’t think a Pro console makes sense. Just redesign the Series S to have Series X power, make it all digital, make it $350. That’s where the market is. Can shrink the Series S down to 5nm and keep on selling it for $200-$250. The Series X is the unwanted console. People want it in the Series S design, cheaper, and smaller.
Can use less GPU cores than the PS5, but RDNA3 and clock them higher on 5nm. Will fit in the Series S body-size case. The Series S is quite thick compared to a laptop.
Microsoft has predicted die shrinks won’t lead to significant price decreases this gen. Size and wattage improvements? Yes. Significant price decreases? They indicate it won’t.
So Series X power at $350 is, and will remain, elusive this gen. It’s even going the other way, with price increases in two markets already for Series X, and most markets for PS5.
So Series S is here to stay, and it’s just a question of whether it stays the exact same performance threshold, or increases to somewhere between the two current extremes, I predict.
Losing the optical drive at the same time as a die-shrink might really help with Series X size, but it wouldn’t move the needle a lot on pricing as optical drives just aren’t that expensive anymore. So much so, in fact, that a Series S with an optical drive is a realistic possibility.
no optical drive, half size storage, die shrink might not lower silicon costs but it lowers the PSU and cooling requirements, lowering costs
$350 is do-able, Sony will do it with the PS5 slim digital
Actually, fair enough that half size storage would indeed be a significant cut to costs.
And Microsoft was clear that there might be some net savings from die shrinks, just that they’d be comparatively meagre vs. previous generations.
I still don’t see it getting down to $350 though, even with those changes. Especially due to the inflationary environment we’re in. And especially with a lack of competitive pressure to do so (Nintendo holding the line on price, Sony actually raising prices in most markets, etc.).
also I suggested the RDNA3 chip. not a die shrink
the 7600 XT is only 32 CUs, not 52, the Xbox Series X design is costly and not fast, Sony did a better job here with 36 GPU cores
a 32 GPU core RDNA3 product would be just as fast as the Series X SoC but a lot cheaper to make, it would be smarter, with better RT, and higher clock speeds, and cheaper to make
don’t just shrink the Xbox die, just move on to the 32 GPU core RDNA3 product instead, right in the middle between the 20 GPU core Series S and 52 Series X
also the yield for the Series X GPU die is poor, so it is actually a cut down 56 core model, building a 32 core model with good yields will also cut costs
Interesting analysis, thank you for sharing it. 🙂
I would wonder about compatibility of a move to RDNA3 that was similarly powerful, but differently constituted, though.
right and remember the PS4 digital is $400, so if Sony can do it, I’m sure Microsoft can do it, and if you add some optimizations from the last 3 years of tech changes, $350 should be possible
Oh, Microsoft could do it. And I’d like them to do it! I’d buy one! I think it’s unlikely to happen, I think a more likely scenario is a juiced-up Series S with more RAM and an optical drive to inhabit that middle price-point between X and S (a Series S RT perhaps, with the extra RAM allowing ray-tracing to be implemented in more Series S games). But I’d love for it to happen.
I think the "Bit more ram" is the only part the Series S needed, myself.
When you say underpowered, I hear efficient. The performance per watt is better, as are the thermals, on the Series S.
You’re also assuming performance is the only reason. But they can also produce them in larger quantities. And the lack of an optical drive is a downer for anyone with a collection of backwards compatible games on disc.
But fair enough that it’s not what everyone wants. Microsoft from the beginning said they anticipated greater Series X demand earlier in the generation, and greater Series S demand near the end, so what we’re seeing so far is in keeping with that.
performance per watt is higher with the series X than the series S… 3 times the performance, but not 3 times the electricity
Is that how performance per watt is calculated? I thought it was get two devices doing the exact same thing, and compare the wattage. And by that measure the Series S wins out.
Fair enough that if you ask the Series X to do something the Series S can’t do, then that’s a different discussion.
they are not doing the same thing, the Series X is playing the game at higher resolutions and frame rates
if you asked the Series X to play the game at the same settings as the Series S, the X would take less power for sure as it would be barely utilized (1/3 power)
Hmmm… that hasn’t always been my experience with more powerful (but not necessarily more efficient) components in the past. But I am not an expert, and it perhaps varies wildly with the architecture anyway, so I withdraw my original comment.
I wonder if the series x/s was badly undertracked for december just like the ps5 was. There is no way xbox one sold that many more in one month.
It was heavily overtracked in the US in November. We got a leak from NPD with exact numbers up to November, so December being low relatively speaking especially in the US just like November is to be expected.
Worth noting the month and year just past was the Xbox One’s peak in both cases. I doubt it’ll be the Xbox Series’ peak, but it has been a very weak holiday for the platform in spite of a price cut, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility.
Xbox Series lost more than 1 million in the last 2 months against Xbox One., although the gap grew during the year and Xbox Series S was discounted in the US. I think it’s time for Microsoft to think about a plan B. I wouldn’t be that surprised if we see a Series M this year with the power of Series X but without built-in disc drive.
yes! Call it Series S2 or SX or XS. Shrink that GPU down to 5nm and stick it in the smaller Series S style body that people like. Or even release a different GPU like a 32 core RDNA3 GPU at high clock speeds to replace the X (would be cheaper to manufacture, but have better ray tracing).
Hardware sales for the Xbox are not going well. I mean, the Xbox One outsold the SNES. It didn’t fail like the Gamecube or Wii U. They are selling the Series S and the X at the same time makes these sales quite bad.
Less Series X sold than the One. Think about that. Ouch.
You considerer the Wii a Failure? The Wii is one of only seven Video game consoles to sell over 100 million units.It is in no way a failure. On X|S I’m sure It will outsell the gamecube and the SNES as well.
This new user loses credibility by the post.
Isn’t it obvious he meant "Wii U"?
No because X|S already outsold the Wii U.
my point is the Xbox One contrary to what many people know was actually more successful than the SNES, but the Series X is actually selling worse than the One.
Look at the chart again, X|S is ahead of the One by 1.12 millions
The X and S is ahead. The X is behind. The X is doing badly.
I edited it to say Wii U… obvious
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