Last Thursday, we ran a story about how the One X’s Amazon sales ranking jumped by 747% when Xbox Series X pre-orders went live on September 22.
In the days since that happened, interestingly, prices on Xbox One S and One X units have remained relatively consistent with what they were before. Which is to say: they’re selling at next-gen prices.
If you buy an Xbox One S and Xbox Series S right now, for instance, they’d both cost you $299, or £249, at retail. Between high demand for the Series S and the availability of the One S, we’re seeing an awkward liminal moment in which the next gen costs the same as a console released in 2016.
Part of that is Microsoft’s price point on the Series S, of course — nobody expected a next-gen console to be that cheap on day one, but Xbox has a way of surprising folks. Still, it’s pretty strange that the One S hasn’t dropped in price a bit.
One eBay, a brand-new Xbox One X will run you about $500, the same price you’d pay for an Xbox Series X pre-order at retail.
In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how long this keeps up.