The Xbox Series S/X is a hugely popular console, and at this stage in its life cycle, it has outsold previous generations considering the same period. Microsoft’s next-generation console launched in November 2020, and has seen a surge in popularity since then. Buying an Xbox Series S/X or even a PlayStation 5 has been difficult as both manufacturers face global supply chain woes. Additionally, Microsoft is aiming to introduce a cross-platform ban to reduce ill effects on the online gaming community.
Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s executive vice president of gaming, mentioned in an interview with The New York Times that the Xbox Series S/Series X have outsold previous generations of Xbox consoles at the same point in their respective life cycles.
Phil Spencer also mentioned the difficulty of getting the Xbox Series S/X console and its rivals – the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. Spencer mentioned that the difficulty of buying these consoles is not because of falling supply, but because of a global shortage of chips.
Spencer also mentioned that the demand for gaming consoles has grown many times over. “We were surprised by the surge in gaming usage,” he said. Going back to March, April 2020 — we sold out consoles in March and April 2020, and in April and May we never sold out Never did that.”
Despite a shortage of both semiconductor chips and game consoles on the market, Microsoft said the Xbox Series S/X consoles became the fastest-selling Xbox consoles ever. Beyond that, Xbox console owners have plenty of games to look forward to. This year, players will have access to CrossfireX, Elden Ring, Gotham Knights, Grid Legends, Hogwarts Legacy, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Redfall, Starfield, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, and UFL.
In addition, Spencer mentioned in the interview that Microsoft hopes to reduce the ill effects of the online gaming community by extending the ban to other platforms. Microsoft also intends to create a multi-platform program where players banned on one platform will also be banned by other companies on other platforms.