Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently spoke with The New York Times, discussing all things Xbox and gaming at large. We already took a look at his comments on Microsoft's relationship with Activision, which has "changed" in light of recent allegations against Activision Blizzard.
Spencer also talked more on Xbox specifically, notably Series X|S sales and the company's various business models relating to Xbox. In short, Xbox Series X|S is outselling any previous Xbox console at this stage of the generation.
"Supply is actually as big as it’s ever been. It’s that demand is exceeding the supply for all of us. At this point, we’ve sold more of this generation of Xboxes, which is Xbox Series X and S, than we had any previous version of Xboxes."
This is welcome news, especially as it compares Xbox Series consoles with the likes of the Xbox 360, rather than just last generation systems. According to industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, around 12 million Xbox Series X|S consoles have shipped so far:
The Xbox boss then went on to discuss game sales, and how Xbox Game Pass hasn't taken over just yet.
"Transaction is bigger than subscription. Subscription is growing faster, just because it’s relatively new. And with Game Pass, we were one of the first movers in that space. But the transaction business is very large. We still sell physical disks."
It'll be interesting to look back on that last quote in a few years time, given the huge growth of Xbox Game Pass over the last few years. It may never take over physical and digital game sales, but we expect that gap to shrink as Game Pass continues to grow.
What do you make of Phil Spencer's comments about Xbox Series X and S sales? Do you think Xbox Game Pass will grow larger than standard game sales for Xbox? Let us know below.