The Xbox One launched in 2013, and it’s coming up on a new phase of its life with Microsoft’s next-generation console, Project Scarlett, scheduled for release in Holiday 2020. Looking back on the Xbox One generation, we know now what the console’s best-selling games are, including exclusives.
NPD analyst Mat Piscatella shared the Top 10 lists for All Games and Exclusives today in celebration of the Inside Xbox stream. The lists contain few, if any, surprises.
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V is the overall best-selling game for Xbox One through August 2019, with Call of Duty titles and another Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption II, rounding out the Top 5. In fact, Call of Duty games account for five of the top 10 best sellers. Also of note is that every title in the top 10 is a sequel of some kind and that no Microsoft-published exclusive is on the chart.
In terms of Xbox One exclusives, which includes PC, Halo topped the charts. Halo 5: Guardians is No. 1, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection sitting at No. 2. Sea of Thieves (No. 7) is the only new IP on the chart. Sunset Overdrive, which was released in 2014, did not make the chart.
You can have a peek at the charts below. Note, again, that these charts are US only and represent sales of physical and digital (in some cases) based on dollar sales instead of unit sales. PC sales are included in the exclusives list due to the Xbox Play Anywhere program. “It is impossible to separate sales of these games between PC and the Console. It’s one platform,” Piscatella said.
Microsoft’s latest exclusive, Gears 5, launched in September. It launched like a rocket, quickly becoming Microsoft’s biggest launch week for a first-party game in the Xbox One generation.
Looking to 2020, Project Scarlett’s release is scheduled for Holiday 2020 with Halo: Infinite as a launch title. The new system doesn’t replace Xbox One entirely, as Microsoft will continue to support that system. Additionally, Xbox One games (as well as Xbox 360 and OG Xbox games) will work on Project Scarlett through an ambitious backwards compatibility program.
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