Game news Xbox Series X|S: the fastest selling console for Microsoft, finally a serious competitor to PS5?
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, recently sent his annual letter in which he returns to the sale of the Xbox brand. We note clear progress for console sales, but also some comments on the path of the gaming policy led by the Redmond company, which may finally have a machine capable of competing with its peers.
Microsoft and Xbox the Benevolent
As we know, Microsoft and its Xbox video game brand are big losers in the video game scene. Far behind the giants that are Sony and especially Nintendo, the Redmond company has always struggled to match its competitors’ scores in terms of machine sales.
For some time now, the giant has developed its game offering and focuses above all on accessibility with its famous “Xbox Play Anywhere” program. With the launch of Game Pass, as well as a very solid Cloud Gaming service, Microsoft is asserting now more than ever its desire to make video games accessible to as many players as possible, regardless of medium and wallet. A desire that is once again emphasized by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in his annual letter, in which he also mentions the purchase of Activision-Blizzard.
Last year, for the first time, we made many of our most popular games available on phones, tablets, TVs and entry-level PCs. Our Game Pass now includes hundreds of games. With the expected acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, we hope to give players more options to play where, when and how they want.(…)
The Game Pass offer is particularly attractive, but recently Phil Spencer admitted that this tactic had its limits. No matter what, the company’s gaming division has just set a record accounting quarter with excellent results. According to this report, hardware sales have increased by 13% compared to last year. Satya Nadella further explained that the Series X|S were the “fastest selling consoles in Xbox history”. What to shade Sony and its PS5?
One foot in the big leagues
Still according to the same accessibility policy, Microsoft has rejected its latest console in two versions that we know, Series X, a “top-of-the-range” model, but also Series S, less efficient, which offers a compromise between Next- Gen and lower costs. According to Satya Nadella, this offer is compelling as these two machines are simply the fastest selling in the brand’s history. Excellent news for Microsoft, which nevertheless remains in the shadow of its competitors.
According to estimates from VGChartz, The Series X|S has reportedly sold approximately 17.5 million units since its release. Over a similar period, these machines would be ahead of the Xbox One with 2.9 million copies and the Xbox 360 with 5.25 million copies. On the competitor side, The PS5, meanwhile, would reach 24.5 million copies sold. Microsoft therefore still has a long way to go if you really want to compete with Sony on the hardware market. And the road is all the longer for Nintendo and its 114 million switches sold. A figure to put into perspective, the console is a generation behind.