The Xbox One S was released last year. It had a much better design than the original 2013 model. On top of that, it also sported new features: support for 4K output, a UHD Blu-Ray drive, and HDR support for a better color gamut. The improvements were very well-received by critics and fans alike, and revitalized the sales of the Xbox One platform throughout 2016.
Now, Microsoft is preparing to add yet another member to the family: the Xbox One X. Announced last year at E3 under the codename ‘Project Scorpio’, the Xbox One X was fully revealed a few weeks ago at E3 2017. The new system is not just another improvement over the original model—it’s a full upgrade. The X sports much more powerful components, giving it the ability to render games in 4K and offer much better performance. As Microsoft has mentioned on several occasions, the X is the “most powerful console” to hit the market yet. Despite all these improvements, though, the Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, is not expecting it to break sales records.
During an interview with TIME, Spencer had this to say about the expected sales of the premium X versus the cheaper S:
“The reason Xbox One X was important to us is that we know for that most discerning customer, they want the highest fidelity experience they can get. We are going to sell way more S’s than we will X’s next year. Price point will dictate that. But it doesn’t mean in terms of hours of play, game purchases, the kind of viral network that a person has with their friends and their streaming community…this is a critical customer for us to retain and grow. But nobody should think that of the billion gamers on the planet, that most of those people are going to buy an Xbox One X. That’s not the goal and has never been the goal. We’ve always said it’s a premium console.”
With a price-point of $200-$250, the Xbox One S is a much lighter purchase than the expensive Xbox One X, which has a price-tag of $500. It will be interesting to see how the sales will compare, but one has to wonder about that since Microsoft has not officially published sales for the Xbox One platform in quite some time now. Current estimates put it somewhere in the realm of 30+ million. We may have to rely on retailer sales data to get a solid figure of Xbox One X sales. The system will launch on November 7th.