The introduction of the next generation consoles appears to be both a success and a logistical mess. The logistical chaos is what can be seen on the availability front in online stores. The PS5 and Xbox Series X / S are as rare as an oasis in the middle of the desert. The demand – especially for the first pre-orders – would have been phenomenal.
Phil Spencer just confirmed that an Xbox has never sold this well when it launched: “Thank you for supporting the biggest launch in Xbox history. More new consoles were sold in more countries than ever before in 24 hours. We work with retailers to replenish inventory as quickly as possible. “The boss of Xbox doesn’t give any figures, but we can take these statements seriously because they have legal value. Recall that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is being sued by its shareholders for declaring that iPhone sales were doing well in late 2018 … a few weeks before a sales decline was confirmed.
In addition to the Xbox sales, Phil Spencer also discussed the strategy of massive studio buyouts and confirmed that the nibbles are not over. Xbox now has 23 first-party studios after acquiring Zenimax / Bethesda, and rumors point to the future acquisition of one or more Japanese studios.