Xbox One Outsells SNES

Microsoft launched the ninth generation consoles, the Xbox Series X|S, in November 2020, however, that doesn’t mean their predecessor, the Xbox One, stopped selling altogether. Sales for the Xbox One have slowed considerably this holiday season, but it has reached a new milestone.

The Xbox One has outsold the lifetime sales of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), according to VGChartz estimates for the week ending December 19. The Xbox One has now sold over an estimated 49.21 million units worldwide. This compares to the SNES with sales of 49.10 million units lifetime.

Breaking down the sales of the Xbox One, it has sold the best in the US with an estimated 29.22 million units sold, followed by Europe with 12.24 million units sold. Breaking down Europe sales even further, it has sold 5.62 million units in the UK, 1.92 million units in Germany, and 1.89 million units in France.

Xbox One Outsells SNES
Xbox One Outsells SNES

The Xbox One launched in North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and South America in November 2013, and in Japan, China, and other European countries in September 2014. The revision of the console, the Xbox One S, launched in August 2016, while the mid-generation upgraded console, the Xbox One X, launched in November 2017. An All-Digital version of the Xbox One S launched in May 2019. The Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition were discontinued on July 16, 2020.

The SNES launched in Japan in November 1990, North America in August 1991, and the rest of the world throughout 1992. The SNES was discontinued in Europe in 1998, in North America in 1999, and in Japan in 2003.

Despite the current low sales of the Xbox One, it should be able to cross the 50 million mark by the time Microsoft stops selling the console.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D’Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let’s Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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