Xbox One sales see nearly 1000% week-on-week boost in the UK

It looks like the Xbox One S is already giving Microsoft quite a boost in the console race in the UK. That's according to MCVUK, whose numbers point to a nearly 1000% week-on-week sales increase driven by the slim console.


The release of the firm's new slim 500GB and 1TB SKUs saw Xbox One sales rise 989 per cent week-on-week.The Xbox One had a 71 per cent share of the hardware market for the week ending September 24th, according to GfK data obtained by MCV. That's an increase of 76 per cent year-on-year.

The news comes at a time when many are watching for a potential change of landscape in the console market as the Xbox One S goes head-to-head with Sony's recently revealed PS4 Slim and, soon, the PS4 Pro. One particular aspect that's being seen as a potential advantage for Microsoft is the inclusion of a 4K Blu-ray drive on the Xbox One S — something Sony chose to omit from the upcoming PS4 Pro.

These new numbers also follow recent news that the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 for a second month in a row in the U.S. — a fairly notable achievement considering Sony's usual sales lead. It will definitely be interesting to see if Microsoft can hold onto this momentum leading up to the release of Project Scorpio, especially as we inch closer to the launch of the PS4 Pro.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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