Together, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S make up the fourth generation of Microsoft’s Xbox line of home video game consoles. The Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, both of which launched on November 10, 2020, are part of the ninth generation of video game consoles, which also included Sony’s PlayStation 5, which debuted in the same month.
It’s worth noting that the Xbox One has been replaced by these new models.
Recently, there has been some news circulating that Microsoft’s series is lagging behind other consoles in Europe, especially in the past year. Let’s take a closer look at this news and try to understand what might be causing it.
Microsoft’s Xbox is more popular in the UK as compared to other parts of Europe, which means there are more retailers here. While GamePass’s popularity may have a small role to play, the main issue seems to be market share. Xbox dominates the American market, while Sony has a larger share in Europe, which they call “Fortress PlayStation.”
When it comes to playing the latest games, it’s interesting to note that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles use up more power than their previous generations. In fact, they can use up to 160-200 watts or even more. Surprisingly, a large 60-inch TV uses less electricity than these consoles!
Did you know that the Xbox is most popular in the USA, UK, and Australia?
However, the PlayStation has become the preferred gaming console in Europe and the United States as a result of the Xbox One’s failure. During the Xbox 360 era, English-speaking nations were the main supporters of the console. It wasn’t until 2011-2013 that the PS3 started gaining popularity as the Xbox 360’s game selection started to decrease.
In Europe, there is a difference in price for the Xbox, but it’s not due to Microsoft’s actions. Instead, it’s because of higher taxes in the EU. When comparing the cost of the Xbox in Europe to other regions, it is $50 more expensive, which is likely due to higher shipping costs.
#1 PlayStation 2
The PlayStation 2 (PS2) was created and marketed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It hit the market on March 4th, 2000, in Japan, October 26th, 2000, in North America, November 24th, 2000, in Europe, and November 30th, 2000, in Australia.
As a successor to the PlayStation (PS1), the PlayStation 2 has become one of the most popular gaming systems ever, having sold more than 155 million copies worldwide. With over 3,800 games available, including famous series like Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy, and Metal Gear Solid, as well as lesser-known titles, there was something for everyone to enjoy on the PlayStation 2.
#2 Nintendo Switch
Did you know that back in March 2017, Nintendo released the Switch? It was priced at $299, which was significantly cheaper than the Sony PlayStation 4. What’s cool about the Switch is that it’s a hybrid console, so you can play it with a TV like a standard home console or use it as a wireless portable device, just like the Nintendo 3DS (which has since been discontinued).
#3 PlayStation 4
If you’re into gaming, you’ll love the PS4! It’s a home console that lets you dive into virtual worlds and have a blast. Plus, you can play with friends online, thanks to its multiplayer feature.
The PlayStation has some awesome subscription services, like PS Plus and PS Now. With PS Now, you can choose from a library of over 800 games to stream or download. And with PS Plus, you can play all your favorite multiplayer games online.
#4 Nintendo Wii
Back in September 2006, Nintendo came out with the Nintendo Wii, a seventh-generation video game console that quickly made waves in the gaming industry. It’s catchy name and unique features drew in a wider audience compared to Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox360. As of December 31, 2007, the Nintendo Wii sold a whopping 20.13 million units!
So now that you’ve read it all, as a gamer, which is your absolute favorite console? Why do you think Europe is failing the Xbox series?
Do you think the Xbox series is still pretty cool despite the argument against it? Do let us know what you think!