Halo 5 Guardians Did Not Ship As Many Consoles As Previous Titles Did – Rumor

One has to wonder what this means for the Xbox One moving forward.

Posted By | On 15th, Nov. 2015 Under News, Rumors

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NPD has released its report on official gaming sales data for October of 2015 and there were some rather interesting info about the effect the popularity of Halo 5: Guardians had on Microsoft’s Xbox One sales. We already know that the game is already the best selling game of October, despite the fact that it’s only on one console. Despite it only being on the Xbox One, those sales number were not all that surprising for those close to the series. The game series has a huge following and this is one of the reasons Microsoft expected Halo 5 to be a console seller.

The fact that the game wasn’t really a console seller at all is what is a surprising aspect of the report. Microsoft was able to beat out the PS4 in consoles sold in October, something that happened for just the second time this year. While the report doesn’t give out specific console sales numbers, Crave reports the agency says console sales for Xbox One were up 81 percent over last year in October. A quick calculation by Twitter user ZhugeEX shows that the company sold 305,000 consoles in October.

Compare this to 2007 when Halo 3 was released on the Xbox 360. NPD reports from back then show that console sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 527,000 and 550,000 consoles. When Halo: Reach was released in 2010 it helped boost Xbox 360 console sales to 483, 989. In 2012, Halo 4 was released and Microsoft sold 1.26 million units. That means Halo 5 has actually been the least impressive console mover for Microsoft since at least the original was released.

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  • d0x360

    Kinda misleading since it pushed the Xbox to #1 in major territories for the month and it was released at the end of said month. Also games released between Oct and Dec are holiday titles which move systems across nearly 3 months.

    As a news website you should be above trash like this but instead you play follow the leader and post garbage days after its been posted elsewhere then insert fanboy conjecture into it.

    • Rodney Patrick

      Exactly,don’t know what they are trying prove by saying that it didn’t move as many console!!! It doesn’t matter halo 5 was and still and!! Always will be a success.oh PS gamingbolt stop being such a sonyfangirl. because this article is making you sound real salty right now….LMFAO

    • kma99

      So they cant find flaws in software sales. Now the best thing they can do is say “there’s a rumor going around about halo not selling as many consoles”. Gtfo with all of these bundles going around who cares. 400 million is alot better than any other console exclusive this gen.

    • Rodney Patrick


  • The truth-ier

    The person who wrote this obviously knows nothing about business, and basic circumstances.
    When did all the hallo’s prior ship? that always makes the amount sold skewed, then you look at the install base, how mature was the console cycle…. the actual economy.
    The PS4 and X1 are selling better then there last gen counterparts at the comparable time frame…do anyone really think the xbox 360 and ps3 were failures? of course not, so why paint gloom when they both are doing great, and when is the last time a exclusive in this point in a console cycle as 400 million in sales in 7 days? heck how many games that are exclusive to one console have 200 million in sales in one day… this site and this writer is terrible.

    • Rodney Patrick

      What do you really accept when they take payola from Sony

    • XbotMK1

      The Xbox One isn’t selling better than the Xbox 360 did in the same time frame. Microsoft stopped stating that a long time ago. It was at launch but not anymore and it was only for the U.S. Xbox One is selling worse than the Xbox 360 did in Japan and Europe. Why do you think Microsoft started bundling Xbox One and Xbox 360 shipment numbers but now they stopped giving out shipment numbers altogether?

    • Rodney Patrick

      You sound stupid,STFU

    • Coffee High

      See? 10 instant up votes. Spends a lot of time trying to make himself look important and loved. Sad really. Posts all over the internet with negative Xbox comments hoping someone will fight with him. Probably bullied or abused as a kid. Feels threatened by anything and anyone that is pro-xbox. Insecure because he chose Sony and feels he must defend that choice by bringing others down and shouting to no one in particular that he is right and everyone else is wrong.
      Nathaniel Brandon did a psychological case study on this type of personality disorder, called “Zero”. I suggest you get professional help xbotmk1 before you bring actual harm upon yourself or upon others.

    • Tech junkie

      360 had only sold 13 million 24 months in. One is at 15 million. You buddies at Playstation have been advertising shipped numbers as well

  • Michael

    Another shoddy journalism article. Do these guys get paid by sony? Probably not because sony cant afford to. Get over it games industry, MS won October. Stop with all the malarkey.

  • Starman

    here we go with the propaganda again … sony kicks out a lot of cash to try and stop(brainwash gamer’s) xb1 progress … news flash , you can’t stop progress…

  • sgt_hammertime

    gamebolt doesn’t get paid by sony….or else they wouldnt’ have sooo many ads poping up and video ads playing as soon as you load a page. no gamebolt like most other websites gets paid by ads, they just create this article in order to get more views.
    pretty low on standards if you asked me…..there was no fact checking done even after all this time, just pure regurgitation.

    • Starman

      don’t be so naive … it doesn’t work that way , and they wouldn’t make it so obvious…

  • bardock5151

    Well Halo 4 and reach had a few more weeks in the month to build their numbers, as for Halo 3, it is the better selling title. The numbers really aren’t all that bad, just shoddy tabloid “news”.

  • XbotMK1

    Why are Xbox fanboys so stupid?

    • GHz

      Why are you so hateful?

    • XbotMK1

      I’m not hateful. I’m just logical and reasonable 🙂

    • GHz

      You’re neither of those things. You’re a liar.

    • XbotMK1

      “You’re a liar”

      No, that would be you.

    • doplerradar
    • Terminator

      Exactly! Everyone stay away from the PS Drone Corporate Slave Hypocrite Fanboy! Don’t catch his virus.

    • Rodney Patrick

      You asking why Xbox fans are so stupid? buy yet you’re on every Xbox article/comment section all the time! obvious there is something you like about us.you dumb@$$

    • Coffee High

      Upvoted exactly ten times… Just like Mr xrat and just like both profiles were on the last page I was at… Hmm.

    • Rodney Patrick

      Lol I know right,this guy think that people are idiots! We see right through his bull

    • Terminator

      The kicker about the upvotes is that they are in the same order.

  • GHz

    The real story so far, XB1 gamers are enjoying their XB1’s & Ps4 gamers are enjoying their PS4’s. MSFT and Sony are making oodles of money from gamers. We’ve been getting plenty great games so far. There’s something for everybody. This is a fact and NOT a RUMOR 😉

  • doplerradar

    Keep in mind we don’t have sale numbers for both October 2014 or October 2015. So we can’t really calculate the number consoles. It also can’t really be compared to other Halo games that launches earlier in the month of release.

  • Mr Xrat

    Halo 4.5 is the blunder of the year. About time for Xgimps to accept that fact and deal with it.

    • Rodney Patrick

      Yeah okay xbotmk1,another profile I see. You are the biggest loser I have ever seen on the web!! What’s the matter your mother didn’t hug you enough growing up???? You are such an idiot

    • Mr Xrat

      Go cry about your failed console somewhere else, mouthbreather. 🙂

    • Thetruth

      Xbox One is the preferred console of serious gamers ……☺☺☺☺ , ask them ,

    • Mr Xrat

      I would if I could find anyone who owned an Xbone. 🙂

    • Coffee High

      I thought the list of PS4 exclusives was the blunder of the year.

      Oh it couldn’t be blunder of the year because there was no list.

      BTW, Mr xrat has 10 accounts to upvote himself exactly 10 times on every page he posts on.

  • Coffee High

    Guinness confirmed the sales as being the best selling halo release. In order for this record to be confirmed by the officials at Guinness, they have to see proof of sales, which includes confidential material. This is factual proof, not rumors.
    As for sales number guesstimates that NPD group publishes, considering that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Costco, and Target do not share their sales numbers with NPD, whenever I see their reports, I tend to treat it as propaganda for the ongoing console wars. Fuel for fan boy flame wars and easy to be copy-pasted into a click bait article by hack reporters who still don’t know how to use spell check before posting the two minutes of actual work they do per day.

  • Golley

    Hey look at that…a hater trying to bash halo. Halo 5 sold more consoles than the non existent to pathetic exclusives on ps4. How many did the odor or turdclub sell ?

    • Rikarudo

      Drive club did sell better then the last 2 forzas combined… … jepp… new ip and sold more… than the 2 latest Forza games.
      Also, you should stop bashing the odor since it’s now a multi platform company. Your just bashing a company now for it’s past features.
      Just facts.

  • Golley

    The more they hate the more jealous they are. Live in jealousy with pos4 or enjoy greatness on Xbox one. Love the irony !

  • Starman

    facts !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Graeme Willy

    It’s Halo 4 with a bunch of stuff removed, such as gameplay types(Firefight, Big Team Battle, Griff Ball, Oddball etc.), maps, armor mods/ powers etc. and with few new features added…that’s just from a gameplay perspective, however.
    A lot of people are not happy about the global state of Halo 5. Despite of the neat run/ slide abilities and HUD-Link system that behaves more like what you imagine Hud-Link to work like in the books/ lore, the experience is stripped, and once you get past the shiny Hollywood presentation of the campaign, you realize how lacking and juvenile the story is…as well as the companion AI, who have gotten worse since older Halo games. At least, in older games NPC/ companions often dove out of harms way. These guys just stand there and get pathetically taken down. Not at all Elite Spartan behavior.

    I have never played a game where, from a gameplay aspect it’s new and exciting, and often times very fun and yet, so stripped and manages to spins the opposite direction in just as many critical areas. You often hear Halo 5 being regarded to as being the Halo 2, in the fact that you are left on a major cliff-hanger…but I disagree. Halo 2 was a good story, and the cliff hanger was completely acceptable. This game ends crudely. With no finesse what-so-ever. It is what I like to describe, as “literally ending mid-sentence.” Imagine watching The Fellowship of The Ring for the first time, and right when you get to where Elrond hosts the council and says, “It must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the firey chasm from whence it came…one of you must do this” and then shutting off the power button on your TV. That’s halo 5’s campaign. Actually, its worse than that because the Fellowship of the ring had a gripping story leading up to that point. This ends mid-sentence, before any real story was really established. All it did was propose questions, answered absolutely none, and ended mid-sentence on top of that. There was no climax. I know some of you who played will probably say, “there was a climax! That one specific scene!” No, that was just a stupid scuffle that would not have even turned out remotely interesting. That was not a climax in the story. The real attempt at a climax in this story did not evolve two people, it was namely about one and it was executed so badly it fell flat of reaching that apex. Just awful writing.

    It’s a good thing that Halo, like COD, makes most of its money from the multiplayer mechanic. So many are willing to excuse it for its single-play shortcomings…even with its many stripped modes. I used ot think people were insane for not playing the Halo campaign and going right into multiplayer. This time around, I could empathize and that breaks my heart to say. I’ve been waiting for a Blue Team based Halo game for a LONG TIME! I just expected it to live up to the Blue Team tales from the books.


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