In a blog post, Liz Hamren, CVP, Gaming Experiences & Platforms, confirmed that the launch of Xbox Series X|S is now the most successful debut in Microsoft’s history.

Microsoft says the launch broke several records in its first 24 hours including:

  • More new consoles sold than any prior generation, with Xbox Series S adding the highest percentage of new players for any Xbox console at launch
  • More games played, 3,594 in total, spanning four generations, setting a record for the most games ever played during an Xbox console launch
  • Next gen means more ways to discover and play, 70 percent of Series X|S consoles are attached to new and existing Xbox Game Pass members

The console launched with more than 40 new and Optimized games like Assassin’s Creed ValhallaDestiny 2: Beyond LightDirt 5, The Falconeer, Tetris Effect: Connected, Watch Dogs: Legion and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, with 30 supporting Smart Delivery.

The launch saw the console sell out in numerous areas, and Microsoft says they are working tirelessly with their partners around the world to bring as many new consoles to as many of fans as possible over time and are encouraging everyone to check in with their local retailers directly for more details on availability in their markets.

Despite the great news, we reported yesterday that Microsoft will not be disclosing any Xbox Series sales numbers throughout the next generation, even if they outsell their competitors.

In an interview with The Guardian, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed that no Xbox Series sales numbers will be disclosed. Instead, the company will focus on the engagement numbers of their playerbase.

“I don’t want my team’s focus on [console sales],” the Xbox boss told the outlet. “The primary outcome of all the work that we do is how many players we see, and how often they play. That is what drives Xbox. If I start to highlight something else, both publicly and internally, it changes our focus.”

“Things that lack backwards compatibility become less interesting. Putting our games on PC becomes a reason that somebody doesn’t have to go and buy an Xbox Series X. I’ll hold fast to this. We publicly disclose player numbers. That’s the thing I want us to be driven by, not how many individual pieces of plastic did we sell.”

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