Xbox One X Bad news for Microsoft, despite success of pre-order

Xbox One X may not be as successful as Microsoft would have you believe.

That’s according to analyst Michael Pachter, who believes it will sell 1 million this holiday season.

While 1 million sales may sound impressive, Pachter doesn’t think that number represents a huge success.

“My estimate is 1 million global units at holiday,” he told Twitter followers. “Don’t ‘want’ it to fail, think that is the right number. 1 million is not a huge success.”

It might also be bad news for anybody who didn’t pre-order, because a retail source is said to have told Pachter that allocation was “very small”.

If true, this might make it hard to buy an Xbox One this holiday season.

The news comes as Microsoft announces plans to bring mouse and keyboard support to Xbox One soon.

Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra told¬†Windows Central¬†that the company will give players and studios the choice when it comes to how to use the feature.

Developers will be able to decide whether or not to include it, while players can choose to play against users with mouse and keyboards, controllers, or both.

“We’ll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say ‘you can’t do this because of fairness,’ and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Xbox platform, and the Windows platform.

“And so, when we bring keyboard and mouse, we’ll coach developers and say look, you’ve got to think about your multiplayer pools, if you have a competitive game, people are probably going to want the choice to say I’ll play with other keyboard and mouse people or I’ll play only with controller people, or that I’ll play with any of those.”

Microsoft’s impressive new console has a CPU that is 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecessor.

Interestingly, the 8GB of memory – which is up from the 5GB found in the original Xbox One – allows the console to process art assets, making it easier to run 4K resolution visuals at higher speeds.

The full list of Xbox specs can be seen below…

  • CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
  • GPU 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz
  • Memory 12GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s
  • Hard Drive 1TB 2.5-inch
  • Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray