21 Xbox Statistics to Hype up Your Inner Gamer in 2021

If you’re from the older gamer generation, you probably remember quite a few Xbox statistics and even the launch of the now legendary original Xbox back in 2001.

After somewhat of a lukewarm welcome, it looked like Microsoft wouldn’t be able to dethrone Sony and the reigning PlayStation.

Fast forward to 2021, and we can take a close look at the stats speaking of an ongoing fight between the two, with Xbox frequently recapturing the crown from the Japanese giant.

Top 10 Xbox Statistics

Xbox Sales Statistics

Let’s start with an overview of sales numbers, latest news, forecasts, market share, revenue, and other important market and financial data, plus a few tech-related details.

1. The Xbox brand managed to sell around 162.49 million units.

(Statista, Fandom, Express)

Microsoft created a real hit back in 2001 that has since gone through four different console generations and several iterations.

So far, Xbox statistics for 2021 still suggest that the best-selling console generation was the 360, which managed to sell a whopping 85.8 million from 2005 to 2017.

2. The Xbox One S sold as well as it did partly thanks to a vastly reduced physical footprint and a 2TB hard drive option.

(Tech Radar, Windows Central)

The console was marketed as a more compact and quieter version of the Xbox One, and when looking at Xbox One S stats, we can see that this is pretty much true.

However, when comparing it both to the PS4 Slim, and the next-gen Series S, we can definitely see that its biggest drawback is the inability to support native 4k gaming.

3. In week one, the Xbox One X outsold the PS4 Pro.

(MCV)

When the previous generation of consoles hit the shelves, Microsoft Xbox stats didn’t look so well compared to its rivals.

However, when the improved versions reached the stores, Xbox One X consoles outsold the PS4 Pro during week one.

Also, Xbox One X sales accounted for 66% of all Xbox One sales during that week and for 45% of all consoles sold.

4. The Xbox One sold around 1.2 million consoles in China.

(Video Game Stats, Games Industry)

Xbox stats in this regard are somewhat less impressive than those of the two other rival flagship consoles, as the Nintendo Switch managed to reach a total of 4 million in lifetime sales, while the PS4 sat at 3.5 million.

5. So far, the Xbox 360 is the most popular console in Microsoft’s arsenal, with 85.8 million sold units.

(Statista)

Even though the “Red Ring of Death” cost Microsoft dearly (around $1 billion), this console remains the best-performing Xbox across the board, selling 49 million units in North America only.

All in all, the console did exceptionally well when looking at international retail statistics.

Exciting Xbox Facts

We all enjoy a bit of trivia, and the Xbox brand has a lot of interesting stories surrounding it. This list will focus on some of the most exciting things that have happened throughout the console’s history.

6. As of January 2020, Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game on Xbox One, with 8.7 million copies sold.

(Statista, The Gamer)

Rockstar Games’ gem was first released in 2013, and it has stayed a hit on nearly all platforms, making it one of the best games of all time—and not just in terms of Xbox game stats and numbers.

Additionally, Xbox One’s second best-selling game is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with around 8 million copies sold, while Call Of Duty: Black Ops III is third, with 7.37 million.

7. Fallout 3 limited edition is among the most expensive Xbox games, costing around $700 when it came out.

(Alux, SuccessStory)

It was made for Xbox 360 and, according to the latest Xbox statistics, remains one of the most expensive video games for the console.

The whole pack had lots of extras, like a lunch box, a bobblehead figure, and even a life-size arm-mounted computer from the game.

When speaking of pricing-related Xbox game facts, Jurassic Park Operation Genesis is also worthy of mention, since it costs around $240.

8. Tomb Raider fans accused Microsoft of money hatting in 2015.

(GamesRadar+)

The problem was that Microsoft purchased the rights for the game, making it a timed Xbox One exclusive. It goes without saying that the loudest protesters were PS4 owners.

However, they kind of forgot that Sony did the same thing with Tomb Raider in the ‘90s.

9. Halo 2 was the original Xbox’s best-selling game with more than 8 million copies.

(Screen Rant)

Since we’re talking about interesting Xbox facts, it’s worth mentioning the most popular games of each console generation.

As such, Kinect Adventures was the most popular game for the 360, and GTA V was the best-selling hit for Xbox One.

10. Around 8.9 million people played World of Tanks on Xbox by 2018.

(MCV)

WoT Xbox stats suggest that this console has the upper hand when it comes to this game, as only 5.3 million players played World of Tanks on the PlayStation.

Experts pretty much chalk this up to the fact that WoT actually launched as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in 2014.

11. The original Xbox’s hard drive had 8GBs of storage space.

(It Still Works)

Without a doubt, we can see a lot of outstanding features when taking a closer look at some of the more exciting original Xbox facts. For one, its internal software was based on a Windows 2000 variant.

Apart from this, a total of four players could play on a single console, and two or more separate systems could be connected for offline gaming.

Xbox Demographics

The Xbox managed to stir up quite a bit of dust with the Xbox 360, contributing to creating the ongoing console wars between the largest names in the business.

As such, it has gathered a lot of dedicated fans over the years. Who are they? Below, we will try to answer that very question.

12. Available Xbox stats show that 40% of “first-time” Xbox players are using an Xbox Series S console.

(Microsoft)

At least that was the case in November 2020.

Furthermore, Xbox Live player stats and other figures suggested that gamers played several billion hours in total during that month and were able to choose from a vast library of around 3,800 games.

13. Back in 2017, 42% of Xbox One owners were female and 58% male.

(Windows Central)

Even though these stats are a bit old, they are still the most recent ones available from official sources and are worth mentioning to give readers a better idea of the overall user demographics.

These player-focused Xbox One stats also show that the console was most popular in the 25- to 34-year-old age group, closely followed by the 35 to 44 group.

With such popularity, Xbox One sales probably had quite an impact on the overall millennial spending stats.

14. Some 21% of households with Xbox One consoles earn $50,000 to $75,000.

(Fenix Bazaar)

This ties them with the $75,000–$100,000 households, which also make up 21%. Likewise, in the US, 56% of users share their Xbox One with a spouse or partner.

15. In the last six months of 2020, 19% of gamers played a Forza title.

(Newzoo)

If you know your Xbox facts and history, you know that Forza Motorsport is an Xbox exclusive.

It’s the second most popular console-based racing game, only outshined by the long-running, cross-console racing franchise, Need for Speed, with 26%.

16. Most Xbox console usage (35%) is spent watching movies and shows.

(Visual Capitalist)

Additionally, 31% of the overall activity time is spent on online gaming, and 19% is spent playing offline.

Xbox Live Stats

Microsoft’s online gaming service was launched back in 2002, and today it counts monthly active users in the tens of millions.

Which are the most popular games on the service? Who plays the most? How does this powerhouse of an online service perform money-wise? Let’s find out.

17. In 2019, users spent around 4.28 billion hours in total a month through the service.

(Video Game Stats)

These Xbox Live statistics speak of a pretty dedicated crowd. To give you a better picture, back then, the total number of clubs on the network was an estimated 1.2 million.

18. An average Xbox One owner spends around 17 hours a week playing multiplayer games.

(Fenix Bazaar)

Most of these players have an Xbox Live Gold Membership and favor sci-fi fantasy role-playing games.

19. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a player count of around 77,220.

(XboxPUBG.com)

PUBG Xbox stats also show that “JtxTheSniper” is first in the rankings, with a total of 15,234 matches played and 3,347 wins.

20. A surprising 23% of Xbox Live players play on PC.

(Segment Next)

This means there are more PC players on the network than those using any other platform except for Xbox One.

This is just one of the many interesting Reddit statistics that were made available by the (often combined) efforts of the members of this discussion forum.

21. At the beginning of the year, Xbox services and content revenue reached $3.5 billion.

(GeekWire)

Promising new Xbox Live facts and gaming revenue figures as Microsoft kicks off 2021. Actually, this revenue surge was an increase of 40% when compared to the previous period.

Experts say that this growth is partly caused by the fact that most new Series X sales also involved a sale of a Game Pass subscription.

FAQ

How many types of Xbox are there?

Throughout the years, several models of the Microsoft gaming console have been sold. It all started with the original Xbox, launching in 2001 and ending production in 2009.

The second model was the legendary Xbox 360, which came in two configurations (Premium and Arcade). It was launched in 2005 and was manufactured until 2016.

In the meantime, the 360 also had two other iterations, 360 S and 360 E, as facts about the Xbox show.

The third generation was the Xbox One (2013–2020), which also came with two different variants, One S and One X.

Lastly, the fourth generation has seen the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S, starting production in 2020.

How much did Xbox make in 2020?

For the fourth quarter of the fiscal year of 2020, the company-wide revenue rose to a gargantuan sum, surpassing $38 billion.

The company’s gaming efforts were also a huge success as gaming revenue (with the Xbox console on center stage) was a breathtaking $1.3 billion—a 64% increase from last year’s results.

Experts agree that the ongoing pandemic only propelled these sales.

Who has more sales, Xbox or PS5?

According to data from VGChartz, as of late March, Sony’s PS5 already managed to sell a total of 6.29 million units, while the latest Xbox (the Series X) sold “only” over 4 million.

What are the top 10 games on Xbox?

For this top 10 list, we are going to use Xbox exclusives only. This means that we will assess only those games that didn’t come out for other consoles, but only for the Xbox and, possibly, for PC.

As such, most sources cite these games as being the top choices for the Xbox platforms:

  1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  2. Halo 3
  3. The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  4. Forza Horizon 4
  5. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  6. Fable 2
  7. Rare Replay
  8. Alan Wake
  9. MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf
  10. Lost Odyssey

What are the different levels of Xbox Live?

Xbox Live offers two basic membership options—Free and Gold. The former used to be called Silver. It’s free (as the name entails), but it comes with limited features.

Free users can create profiles and Gamertags, preview games, create friend lists, download games and DLCs from the dedicated Xbox Live Marketplace, send messages to other Live users, and make video calls (using Video Kinect).

Xbox Live users statistics show that gold members are paying a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription to, for one, unlock playing multiplayer games on their consoles.

They also get two to four free games a month and qualify for incredible membership specials, enabling them to save 50% to 75% on games they buy.

What is the rarest Xbox?

Actually, there are several rare Xbox consoles out there. For starters, you have the Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Xbox One X selling for around $8,300.

There’s also the Rose Gold Xbox One, selling for a whopping $13,699, containing over 220 g of nine karat gold.

Lastly, you also have the Lara Croft Gem-Studded Xbox 360, costing around $11,000. It has around 11,000 gemstones, and only a few of these consoles were ever produced, making it a true collector’s item.

How many people are currently on Xbox Live?

Last year’s data suggests that Microsoft’s online gaming service had 100 million monthly active users.

That’s a huge jump if we take into account that the service was launched in 2002, and that in 2016, it only had a little less than 40 million active users per month.

How many Xbox units have been sold in 2020?

The Xbox One (and its variants) reached a total sales number of 48.69 million units as of November 2020 from December 2017.

The 360, from 2005 until 2017, managed to sell an astonishing 85.8 million.

The first-generation Xbox sold over 24 million units from 2001 until 2005.

Lastly, sales data suggests that the Xbox Series X managed to sell around 4 million units so far.

All in all, even judging by the total sales numbers alone, these intriguing stats speak about a massive fanbase.

Conclusion

Just taking a thorough look at these Xbox statistics is probably enough to see how impactful Microsoft’s console is in the world of video game platforms.

With several exclusive titles tied to its name, a large fanbase, and the ongoing console war with Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft’s Xbox will probably go down in history as one of the most influential and important brands of our time.

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With over a decade of experience in writing and two decades in making music, Szabolcs is all ears when it comes to creating written and audio content. As an active touring/recording musician and creative writer, he focuses on exploring new places, experiences, and topics. He also rediscovered his long lost love for gaming, which only fueled his appetite to research new tech trends. Lastly, his enthusiasm toward powerlifting also means that he's trying to be well-versed in other topics too, such as lifestyle, fitness, resistance training, bodybuilding, and strength sports.

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