E3 2021 seems to have resulted in some pretty impressive hardware and software sales spikes for Microsoft, as the Xbox Series X and Series S reportedly topped the highest grossing charts for June's sales in the US.
Analyst Mat Piscatella from the industry-tracking frim The NPD Group shared the stats for June on Twitter. It was a very impressive month, with spending enjoying a 5% rise to $4.93 billion in terms of gaming.
According to Piscatella, the "Xbox Series [consoles] were the best-selling hardware platform in dollar sales for the month of June". While Nintendo may have sold more Switches in terms of units, it's said that the dollar sales "set a new record for the Xbox platform, besting the previous high set in June 2011."
Sea of Thieves also saw an impressive boost in June. As Piscatella points out, the game reportedly jumped from the 36th position in the charts up to the top 20 best seller's chart following the addition of the Pirates of the Caribbean expansion. Clearly the E3 event had a big impact on Xbox in terms of both hardware and software.
However, the movement of consoles isn't the biggest focus for the company according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Last month he commented on the situation, claiming player engagement is far more important than shifting console units. Of course, that seems to be going fairly successfully with Xbox Game Pass, especially now it's rolling out to more platforms with Xbox Cloud Gaming. But we're sure shifting a huge amount of consoles isn't too bad, eh Phil?
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