Adobe shared the details regarding the most popular consoles being sold on Black Friday in their Digitel Economy Index. The company based these results on the analysis of more than 1 trillion visits on webshops and a survey where more than 1000 retailers were asked which console is the most popular. The Xbox Series S was the clear winner.
Though Sony’s PlayStation 5, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, and Nintendo’s Switch OLED models remain the most highly sought-after consoles. Chip shortages and high demand have rendered them nearly impossible to find. Also thanks to the game pass being sold at a very low price, many gamers have been buying the Xbox Series S. The PS5 has been very hard to find, pushing sales to Microsoft since their consoles are at every store.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Series S is just $300 (at least $100 less than the competition, and $200 less in some cases), and is capable of playing this holiday’s biggest games: “Forza Horizon 5,” “Halo Infinite,” and “Call of Duty Vanguard.” Paired with Microsoft’s wildly popular Game Pass subscription service, the Series S is one of the least expensive options for people who want access to some of the most popular modern games.
Similar to Sony’s PlayStation 5, which comes in two versions, the Series S is an “all-digital” console, meaning that it doesn’t have a Blu-ray disc drive to play games. The only way to buy games is digitally, through the Xbox digital storefront, and they run off the console’s hard drive.
The Series S is significantly smaller than the $500 Series X, and is intended as the entry-level Xbox console.
Difference between the S and X
Microsoft has a good rundown of the main differences between the Series X and the Series S on its website. they both have 8-core CPUs, although the X has a slightly higher maximum clock speed of 3.8GHz, rather than 3.6GHz on the Series S. Both support expandable storage of up to 1TB via an expansion card. they both output over HDMI 2.1, and both are backward compatible with “thousands” of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games. Both support hardware-accelerated ray tracing for more realistic lighting in games. Both support Dolby’s high-end Atmos audio technology, and both will support the Dolby Vision HDR standard. They’re also both backward compatible with all officially licensed Xbox One accessories like controllers and headsets