While detractors will claim that the Xbox One S is just a stopgap until Scorpio is released in 2017, even they can’t deny that it’s been a very successful one. The slimmer and 4K Blu-Ray compatible system has helped Microsoft outsell Sony recently in many regions. That trend continues down under, as the NPD Group has released sales data for Australia, where the Xbox One has been the best-selling console from August to October.
While exact sales numbers are not available, we do know that the Xbox One was the best selling console from August 1 to October 30. The Xbox One S certainly helped sales, but a strong software line-up also convinced Australian gamers to buy an Xbox One. Forza Horizon 3 (which coincidentally is set in Australia) is now the best-selling Xbox One game of this year.
Here’s what Microsoft Australia’s Xbox Business Lead Jeremy Hinton had to say about the sales:
“We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support and passion for Xbox in Australia. It’s great to see such enthusiasm for the new Xbox One S & Forza Horizon 3, as well as the range of exclusive bundles including Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and Minecraft – all of which are available now. With the upcoming launches of Dead Rising 4 this December, and Halo Wars 2 in February 2017, there has never been a better time to be an Xbox gamer”
Console sales are about to get even more interesting as Sony is releasing the PS4 Pro this week. Sony’s 4K-capable gaming system definitely will cater to the same market, although it can’t play 4K Blu-Rays, so movie buffs will still have a reason to pick up Microsoft’s “all-in-one home entertainment system.”
Let us know in the comments if you think the PS4 Pro will reinvigorate the hardware sales for Sony, and if the Xbox One Australia sales are worth worrying about.