Xbox Series X|S sales beat every previous Xbox to date

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According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X|S have collectively hit a landmark in sales that beats every single one of their predecessors.

In an interview with Kara Swisher for the New York Times, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer discussed how difficult it has been for consumers to purchase the latest in console hardware. Spencer said that the problem isn’t that supply is lower than it has been in the past, but that demand for gaming much higher than it’s ever been.

“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. So it’s our job to get the supply there to meet that demand,” Spencer said. In addition he invoked the impact of COVID-19 which magnified the demand for gaming as people stayed home.

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“The swell in usage in gaming was a surprise to us. Back in — what would it have been — March, April of 2020 — we sold out of consoles, which we never do.” For this window of time, Spencer is talking about the Xbox One series of consoles. By July, Microsoft would announce the discontinuation of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, in order to prepare for the manufacture of Series X and S consoles.

Demand for gaming consoles continues to remain high such that even last generation hardware were sold for higher prices than expected. Even Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 consoles are selling for prices close to their official retail worth rather than at cut prices.

This simply affirms previous statements that the Xbox Series console is the fastest-selling Xbox ever and complements reports that Xbox Series X|S sales are doing better in Japan than Xbox has ever done before. With a promising 2022 ahead, sales of the console can only continue to grow with only the limitations of the semiconductor shortage and contemporary manufacturing and shipping restrictions holding it back.