Microsoft announced Xbox Series X and S as its biggest launch ever, which appeared on sale globally this month. The new gaming console has managed to beat all its previous launches with its new system with no specific sales figure. Code named as “Project Lockhart” for a long time before launch, the Xbox controller also appeared online in a mysterious white box with a completely new D-pad, textured triggers, and a new share button.
Taking it to Twitter, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said, Thank you for supporting the largest launch in Xbox history. In 24 hours, more new consoles sold, in more countries, than ever before. We’re working with retail to resupply as quickly as possible. You continue to show us the connective power of play is more important than ever.
The Xbox Series X has been reportedly sold out in India, while Xbox Series S is still available online. The launch of XSX has been recorded three times more than Xbox One launch in 2013. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO earlier expressed the new gaming console system to be the most powerful and affordable. The Xbox lacks AAA exclusives, but because of its backward compatibility and Microsoft‘s Games Pass, it is still cheap to play AAA games. Countries like India can also enjoy playing AAA games where the consoles are more expensive than abroad.
In gaming, we expect revenue growth in the high 20 percent range. We expect very strong demand following the launch of our next generation Xbox Series X and S consoles, driving supply constrained hardware revenue growth of approximately 40 percent.- said Amy Hood, CFO, Microsoft
The Xbox Series X is smaller than a PC with a simple look. The design is clean and minimalistic. It weighs around 4.5 kg and measures around 15.1 x 15.1 x 30.1 centimeters. With vertical and horizontal console placement, the system is equipped with soft pads to indicate the right way to position the console.
Microsoft identifies revealing sales figures as a general strategy to focus on player numbers rather than units shipped, hence, stopped sharing the number of sold consoles since 2015.
While the gaming landscape seems to change in the coming years, the Xbox gaming console is the most powerful yet affordable gaming system. It is reported that the company now plans to acquire US-based ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. It is one of the largest, privately-held game developers and publishers globally, for $7.5 billion.