Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have had “the largest launch in Xbox history.”
Writing on Twitter, Spencer added that over a 24-hour period there were “more new consoles sold, in more countries, than ever before.” No figures have been given so far, but we know that the Xbox One was previously the most successful Xbox launch, with more than a million units sold on launch day.
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.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 12, 2020
If you didn’t manage to get one for launch day, Spencer says that the team is working hard to “resupply as quickly as possible” in order to meet the growing demand for Microsoft’s new console. Many consumers were left disappointed, with both consoles suffering unfortunate last-minute delays in the UK and Canada, and with Amazon seemingly pushing some deliveries back as far as December in the US.
With PS5 launching in many territories today, it’ll be interesting to see how the rival platforms compare, but Sony has lofty ambitions – it wants to sell 7.6 million units by March, and will hope launch day accounts for much of that number.
Our reviews of both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S recently went live, so you can check those out if you’re deliberating over which device to choose. If you’ve received your console and you have Twitch ambitions then you might want to check out our guide, which shows you how you can stream directly from the Xbox Series X.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.