The Xbox Series X has beaten the Xbox One for Microsoft’s biggest console launch in the UK, which was helped by the PS5 launch delay.
The Xbox Series S/X has beaten the day one sales of the Xbox One, making it Microsoft’s biggest console launch in the United Kingdom so far.
The Xbox line of systems has had a strong presence in the United Kingdom since the first console was released in 2002. North America is Microsoft’s biggest region for console sales, with Europe in second place. The only major region that ignores the Xbox line is Japan, and Microsoft is planning on changing that with the Xbox Series S/X.
The Xbox Series S/X are available now in the UK and the launch sales are Microsoft’s biggest yet for a console in the region. According to Video Games Chronicle, the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X sold around 155,000 consoles, beating the Xbox One’s 150,000 units sold in 2013. Two-thirds of those sales belonged to the Xbox Series X, with Microsoft’s cheaper/weaker next-gen system being overshadowed by its more powerful sibling. The Xbox Series S/X launch also led to record broadband use in the UK.
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Microsoft had an advantage in the UK for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the PS5 won’t be available for another week in the region, which has frustrated many Sony fans in the UK, especially when coupled with the embarrassing PS5 pre-order situation. The UK is also one of the countries with Xbox All Access, where you can pay a monthly fee for two years to receive an Xbox Series S/X with Game Pass Ultimate. The COVID situation has left a lot of people low on cash this holiday season, so Xbox All Access is a great deal for those on a tight budget.
The shortage of stock for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch means that it’s impossible to determine which console would have taken the first holiday season. Those shortages are unlikely to end anytime soon, but at least Microsoft has already beaten the Xbox One’s record in the UK, even with demand outstripping supply.
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Source: Video Games Chronicle
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