It appears Microsoft’s four-year gamble is paying off, as gamers in the UK reward their vision of an always evolving but always backwards compatible console with great initial sales.
According to industry analyst GamesIndustry.biz, the Xbox One X sold over 80,000 units in its first week, selling more in one week than the 50,000 consoles the PlayStation 4 Pro sold in November 2016, its own launch month.
The console also sold more in its first week than the Nintendo Switch did in March 2017.
GamesIndustry.biz reports gamers were particularly attracted to the special Project Scorpio version, which made up the majority of the sales of the machine.
The best-selling Xbox One game of the week was Call of Duty: WWII, followed by Assassin’s Creed Origins (which was promoted with the system), FIFA 18 and the Forza duo: Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3.
Microsoft had earlier said demand for the Xbox One X was “really high” in UK, with the head of Xbox in UK, Harvey Eagle, saying:
“Demand for the Xbox One X is really high. It’s great to see such enthusiasm from our fans for the new console, and we are working hard to ensure stock is available. We urge customers to order online now or visit your local retailer to guarantee they get their hands on an Xbox One X in time for Christmas.”
The device is also believed to be in short supply worldwide, with GameStop reportedly selling through its allocation.
Microsoft had also claimed the console had the “most launch titles ever for a console.”