Microsoft Is All-In on Games According to CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked at length about the Xbox Series S/X during a recent earnings call, and the way this venerable company has been focusing on creating bespoke games and first-party exclusives that would make its consoles even more appealing to the masses. Now, more often than not, these calls are packed with blanket statements and marketing hogwash, but every so often there comes a time when we actually get some concrete information to sink our teeth into.
“We continue to lead in the fast-growing cloud gaming market with last month — just last month, we made Xbox Cloud gaming available on PCs as well as Apple phones and tablets via the browser in 22 countries with more to come. Millions have already streamed games to their desktops, tablets and phones. And the Xbox Series S and X are our fastest-selling consoles ever, with more consoles sold live to date than any previous generation,” Nadella said.
This Redmond-based tech giant has found a metric ton of success with its latest generation of consoles and, frankly, it’s easy to understand why. They have two exceptionally built products for two noticeably different demographics. And their Xbox Game Pass subscription service? Out of this world. If you’re a budget-oriented gamer or just someone who doesn’t want to invest a metric ton of money so as to enjoy a bit of next-gen gaming, then the Xbox Series S is undoubtedly the way to go.
If, on the other hand, you’re after the most potent piece of hardware, a console that will render stunning 4K visuals with ease (and not sound like a jet engine in the process), then the Series X should definitely be at the top of your list of priorities.
Microsoft has something for everyone’s price range, and they’ve had some highly popular games come out with it, so their record-breaking sales should come as no surprise.
Let’s Talk Numbers
According to analyst Daniel Ahmad, the Xbox Series S/X has sold around 6.5 million units worldwide as of June 30, 2021. This, compared to the 5.7 million for Xbox One and 5 million for Xbox 360 is quite a noticeable bump in sales.
Microsoft’s latest consoles have garnered quite a lot of attention, and there’s a good reason why: they’re an insanely good deal. And, if Microsoft’s bold dual SKU strategy for games and focus on services pans out, Series S/X will no doubt continue selling like hotcakes. All in all, it’s a good time to be a gamer, that’s for sure!