Game News Xbox Series X|S: the fastest selling console for Microsoft, finally a serious competitor for the PS5?
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, recently sent his annual letter in which he returns to the sales of the Xbox brand. We note clear progress for console sales, but also some comments on the trajectory of the gaming policy led by the Redmond firm, 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 nice losers on the video game scene. Far behind the giants that are Sony and especially Nintendo, the Redmond company has always struggled to reach the scores of its competitors in terms of machine sales.
For some time now, the giant has developed its gaming offer 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 now more than ever asserting its desire to make video games accessible to as many players as possible, regardless of medium and wallet. A desire once again underlined by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in his annual letter, in which he also mentions the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard.
Last year, we made many of our most popular games available on phones, tablets, TVs and entry-level PCs for the first time. Our Game Pass now contains hundreds of games. With the anticipated acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, we hope to provide players with more opportunities 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. Whatever, the firm’s gaming division has just set a record fiscal quarter with excellent results. According to this report, hardware sales are up 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 this same accessibility policy, Microsoft has declined its latest console in two versions that we know, the Series X, a “top-of-the-range” model, but also the Series S, less efficient, which offers a compromise between Next- Gen and lower cost. According to Satya Nadella, this offer is convincing since these two machines are quite simply the ones that have sold the fastest in the history of the brand. Excellent news for Microsoft, which nevertheless remains in the shadow of its competitors.
According to the estimates of VGChartz, the Series X|S have reportedly sold approximately 17.5 million units since their release. Over an equivalent period, these machines would be ahead of the Xbox One by 2.9 million copies, and the Xbox 360 by 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 it really wants to compete with Sony on the hardware market. And the road is all the longer to reach Nintendo and its 114 million Switches sold. A figure to put into perspective, the console having a generation behind.