It is estimated that 8 million units have been sold since launch, but the numbers would have been higher if not for the lack of components
Models sold out quickly in stores and finding a console available for purchase hasn’t been an easy task for the past twelve months. Due to the lack of electronic components, the Microsoft It failed to deliver as many consoles to the market as it would have liked – but there is certainly no reason to complain.
The most recent data, from October 2021, indicates this in this period About 8 million consoles have been sold. And not only that: it’s just a starting point for solidifying Microsoft’s strategy with Game Pass, which today has more than 20 million subscribers. Was it worth embarking on this journey?
Xbox Series: The New “Cheap PC”
Try to find a good computer in the market that is capable of running most of the current games in Full HD with at least 60 frames per second for less than R$5000 and it fails miserably.
A shortage of components, combined with a dollar worth over BRL 5 and a high tax burden in Brazil, has driven up prices for PC components. GPUs, MOBA, SSDs, Memories… Everything is much more expensive than it was a year ago. However, with consoles, the phenomenon was the opposite: in connection with the launch, the price felldue to some tax cuts.
Thus, both Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X have become the best alternatives for those who want to play what’s new, but don’t have the means to invest that much.
And more: with Xbox Game PassWith a large catalog and a relatively affordable price, you can enjoy a library of more than three hundred games – including backward compatible titles – right on your console, on a computer, or even on a mobile phone. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it?
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Great console, but what about games?
Microsoft and Sony’s business strategies for their consoles are very clear – and the opposite: while the Japanese company is betting on exclusive games, in lower quantities and at a higher cost, the Microsoft chooses titles shared with PC and includes in its catalog many games from other developers – Like Bethesda or EA via EA Play.
Hence, since the launch of the console, some exclusive titles have appeared on the platform. To name a few, we had Microsoft Flight SimulatorAnd Forza Horizon 5And Psychology Pioneers 2 NS infinite aura – The latter is in the process of being launched.
However, it cannot be denied that the main names have certainly fallen into the popular taste: Forza Horizon 5 is the biggest release in Xbox historyAnd Microsoft Flight Simulator received great marks in its adaptation for consoles And Psychonauts 2 is one of the nominees for Game of the Year.
In other words, Investing around R$2,300 in an Xbox Series S or R$4,300 in an Xbox Series X today, yes, a good deal – As long as you can easily find any of these products in stores (in the case of the selected Series X, the problem is chronic, and this often raises the final price).
Top 10 Games Available for the Xbox Series from Metacritic
- Forza Horizon 5
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- take two
- Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2
- F1 2021
- Psychology Pioneers 2
- Hitman 3
- death door
- tales of resurrection
Xbox Series S | X: Prospects for the Years to Come
The strategy for the coming years should remain the sameSeveral games have been added to Xbox Game Pass, but a few and the select have been released exclusively on PC and consoles. The subscription service is undoubtedly the leader in this sector and has the ability to play via the cloud, for many casual gamers the console can become secondary.
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This is not the case for those who do not compromise on minimum fee quality standards. Over the next few months, with no chances of hardware prices dropping, Xbox Series consoles, along with PS5, remain the best choices for gamers. Of course, it is far from ideal or ideal, but it is still the best way.
And for you, how was the first year of the Xbox series? Is it within your expectations or did you imagine something better? Tell us in the comments.
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