Microsoft Claims Xbox Series X/S Consoles Are Selling at a Record Pace

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Microsoft Xbox Series X/S Record Pace
Microsoft Claims Xbox Series X/S Consoles Are Selling at a Record Pace

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has stated that Xbox Series X/S consoles are continuing to sell at a record pace, largely due to supply and demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. While shortages apparently aren’t the main issue, the Xbox has seen some record sales over the last year and since its launch in 2020, according to Microsoft.

Speaking to New York Times recently, Spencer claimed that Xbox Series X/S console sales were still very strong. He stated that Xbox shortages were not a result of less consoles being produced, but rather scarcity had caused a surge in demand. While exact numbers weren’t given by the company (they’ve shied away from revealing sales numbers since last generation), it seems like Xbox Series X/S is a lot more successful than its predecessor, the Xbox One.

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Spencer offered an explanation for the surge in demand and persistently strong sales of the Xbox Series X/S:

“Back in, what would it have been—March, April of 2020—we sold out of consoles, which we never do, in April and May. Because you had this sudden swell of usage. Our networks were tapped as people were coming on. And the team worked hard to fulfill that demand. And in some ways, we’re still trying to do this.

When you think about trying to go get an Xbox or a new PlayStation right now in the market, they’re really hard to find. And it’s not because supply is smaller than it’s ever been. Supply is actually as big as it’s ever been. It’s that demand is exceeding the supply for all of us. 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.”

Console stock shortages continue to be a problem right now as it’s incredibly difficult to simply purchase them on store shelves without needing to commit to an order list with several retailers. It might stay that way for a while too until chip manufacturers and other producers can meet the demand.

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Source: New York Times

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