Microsoft has reveal that the sale of its next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and S have outpaced that of the previous Xbox consoles.
According to Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox at Microsoft, the sales of the Xbox Series X and S has already outpaced the sales of all other Xbox consoles. In an episode on The New York Times podcast, Spencer has revealed that since their launch in November, 2020, both the consoles have been selling extremely well.
Spencer says, “At this point, we’ve sold more of this generation of Xboxes, which is Xbox Series X and S, than we had any previous version of Xboxes.” This implies that in terms of sales over the same period of time, post launch, the consoles have sold more than the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and even the original Xbox consoles.
The Xbox 360 had topped at eighty five million units and the Xbox One has sold about a fifty million units, since it was first released in 2013. It is only natural to notice here that the Xbox Series X and S has to come a really long way to if they are to surpass these to-date sales of these previous consoles. However, it will be remiss to say that the consoles are off to quite a good and steady start.
This achievement is made even more spectacular if we take into the fact the supply chain issues and the chip shortages that have been plaguing productions, globally. This is more so the case, especially for the Xbox Series X, the demand for which continues to remain as high as ever and the stocks continue to get sold out, as soon as they are replenished.
The Xbox Series X and S Have Set A Milestone Sales Record, Since Launch
Referring to the issue, Spencer comments that, “Supply is actually as big as it’s ever been. It’s that demand is exceeding the supply for all of us”, thereby alluding to the fact that it is not only the Xbox consoles but also the Nintendo Switch OLED Model and the PlayStation® 5, that are also facing these same issues. He warns that the supply issues could go well on till 2023, stating that it is not the supply that is the problem but the overwhelming demand for the consoles.
While the more powerful Xbox Series X remains comparatively elusive, the less powerful Xbox Series S is more easily available. And this particular fact, has, to some extent, contributed towards this early milestone. While most hardcore gamers would have opted for the former, not everyone is bothered with the most powerful visuals. And as a result, the latter has proven to be quite a capable enough next gen console.
The Xbox Series S remained a popular option during the 2021 Black Friday sales. It has also helped Microsoft to ship larger number of units to regions such as Japan, as well. And in fact this two console strategy that Microsoft has chosen for its next gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and S seems to not only be working but also paying off quite well.