According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, console sales during this year’s Black Friday werent dominated by something like the XBOX Series X, or PlayStation 5 or even the Nintendo Switch OLED but instead the XBOX Series S. While there’s still a huge demand for the other consoles, issues regarding supply and shortage of parts as well as scalpers being the degenerate assholes that they are, are causing a lack of availability of the consoles.
Meanwhile the Series S, which is composed of weaker hardware, has managed to make its one caveat its ultimate strength for this Black Friday as droves upon droves of people are ordering the XBOX Series S. Another thing that also helps is its much more affordable price, costing a full 100$ less than the XBOX Series X. This variant has proved to be a great machine for players who want to experience next gen on a budget and while it does come with certain concessions like weaker performance or lower resolution and a lack of a Blu-ray disk drive like the Digital Edition of the PlayStation 5, the affordable price more than makes up for it.
Due to its weaker parts we can assume that availability for this console is higher than every other competitor in the market right now. With the console readily available for purchase on multiple retailers like GameStop and Best Buy. The Series S was among the top selling items for Black Friday this year among the “over one trillion visits to U.S. retail sites”
For those who are considering getting an XBOX Series S and want to know about the differences in performances between the multiple hardware, we can always hard recommend Digital Foundry’s content for all juicy details. But if you just need the bottom line, you can expect most modern games to run at a very consistent 60/30 FPS with some concessions made to either framerate or resolution depending on the individual game. For example, Assassin’s Cree Valhalla initially ran at 30FPS on the XBOX Series S when it came out but has since introduced a performance mode that allows the game to run at 60 FPS with small sacrifices made to the game’s visuals.
For now its still unknown whenever this shortage of consoles is going to be fixed, but its safe to say that we can probably expect this shortage to continue late into next year. On the bright side, its probably one of the best times to buy old consoles that you don’t have like the Nintendo 3DS or the PS VITA which should easily last until the shortage issue is fixed.