2022 has been something of a breakout year for the Xbox Series X|S. Throughout the year we have reported on some pretty impressive sales achievements for Microsoft’s fourth iteration of its home video gaming console.
- In May, the Series S outsold the PlayStation 5 in Japan for the first time. It went on to do so two more times since.
- The month prior, we reported a record-setting month for the Xbox brand. That same month we reported that the Series X|S was on a trajectory to outsell the most popular Xbox so far, the Xbox 360.
- In July, The Xbox Series X|S reached a quarter-million units sold in Japan, a region where the Xbox brand has historically struggled.
- And in October, we reported that the year-to-date sales numbers for the three major console makers suggested that Xbox was catching up to PS5.
While hardware shortages and the scalping problem can be attributed to some of this, there is no denying that the Xbox Series X|S has had a very respectable 2022. And it could end on a high note according to some data shared by GamesIndustry.biz head Christopher Dring, who said in a Twitter post that U.K. console sales are separated by a mere 20,000 units. That’s between the Series X|S, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.
Which console comes out top in the UK in 2022 is going to come down to December. Currently PS5 leads but just 20,000 units separates the 3 main platforms. I couldn’t call it
— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) December 6, 2022
If this data is accurate, then it will all come to December and the Christmas buying season. The Series S in particular was a hot item during the Black Friday sales in the U.K. If the most accessible next-gen console can repeat the trend through the Christmas holiday, it might be enough to overcome the relatively scant lead held by the PlayStation 5. It will be exciting to see which console comes out on top at year’s end.