Microsoft’s E3 seems to have done them the world of good. The Xbox One’s sales in North America for June were double those in May. That’s no doubt partially down to the cheaper retail price of the console now that it’s sans Kinect.
The figure is based on Microsoft’s own internal data that takes into account the “retail calendar” and sold-through number but since it’s a comparison to their own sales figures from a previous month, the criteria is less important when they’re saying it rose by “more than double.”
The company itself is crediting the blind, deaf $399 console-only package for the success but Microsoft is also keen to point out that they announced and showcased some of their games library at the start of June and that enthusiasm for games like Sunset Overdrive, Forza horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a likely reason for gamers finally taking the plunge with a new Microsoft console.
The sales success is likely to be little comfort to the 18,000 people they’re making jobless after the acquisition of Nokia required a bit of pruning. Most of those jobs are related to the mobile business though, with the Xbox division remaining mostly unharmed by the one-fifth reduction in staff.
Source: Xbox Wire