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Microsoft leak reveals most current-gen Xbox owners have the Series S

The Xbox Series S is proving to be an effective gateway console for players with less money to spend.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

September 20, 2023

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Screenshot of the Xbox Series S console.

The recently leaked court documents from Microsoft reveal the Xbox Series S is the most popular console between the two Xbox Series systems. 

A heavily redacted document focusing on April 2022 (and spotted by IGN) features a slide regarding "console sell-in mix," which shows 75 percent of Xbox owners have the Series S. For that specific month, 65 percent of Xbox sales were from the Series S.

Of the two current-gen Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series S is one of the more affordable at $300-$350, depending on the model. While not as technologically impressive as the Series X, there's currently no price drop forthcoming for that system, making the Series S more enticing.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer highlighted this as justification for the system's existence in August. Talking with Eurogamer, he said the Series S was specifically for "many new families or players coming into the [game] market" and a net good for the industry.

"I don't see a world where we drop [the Xbox Series] S," he continued at the time. "I want to make sure games are available on both, that's our job as a platform holder and we're committed to that with our partners. [...] I think it's important. So we're committed."

Spencer's apparent faith in the console is reportedly set to continue, with a new iteration of the Xbox Series S expected to release in 2024. Codenamed "Project Ellewood," the refreshed system is said to be priced at $300.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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