Black Friday 2021’s most popular game console isn’t the PlayStation 5 – it’s the $ 300 Xbox Series S

The $ 300 Xbox Series S console is the current entry-level Xbox console.
  • Microsoft’s $ 300 Xbox console, the Xbox Series S, is having a great Black Friday.
  • Unlike the highly sought after PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, the S Series is currently available for purchase.
  • The S Series costs just $ 300 and plays all of the Xbox Series X games, although it is less powerful.

One unlikely video game console dominates sales on one of the biggest shopping days of the year: Microsoft’s $ 300 Xbox Series S console, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index.

While Sony’s PlayStation 5, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, and Nintendo’s Switch OLED models remain the most sought-after consoles, the shortage of chips and high demand have made them nearly impossible to find.

The Xbox Series S, on the other hand, is currently available at a variety of retailers, from GameStop to Best Buy.

Among the “over a trillion visits to US retail sites” measured by Adobe, the Xbox Series S has so far been among the best-selling items for Black Friday 2021.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that the S-Series only costs $ 300 (at least $ 100 less than the competition and $ 200 less in some cases) and be able to play the biggest games on this holiday: “Forza Horizon 5 “,” Halo Infinite, “and” Call of Duty Vanguard “.

Similar to Sony’s PlayStation 5, which comes in two versions, the Xbox Series S is an “all digital” console, meaning it doesn’t have a Blu-ray disc drive for playing games. The only way to buy games is digitally, through the Xbox Digital Storefront, and they work from the console hard drive.

The S Series is significantly smaller than the $ 500 Xbox Series X and is designed as the entry-level Xbox console.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
The $ 500 Xbox Series X, left, and the $ 300 Xbox Series S, right.

Paired with Microsoft’s hugely popular Game Pass subscription service, the S Series is one of the cheapest options for people who want to access some of the most popular modern games.

The fact that the console does not use cutting edge technology has been a hindrance to console sales over the past year among early adopters of the most recent generations of PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Now, this flaw appears to be a boon for Black Friday shoppers.

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