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Xbox Series S Was the Best-Selling Console in India in April 2021

Xbox Series S Was the Best-Selling Console in India in April 2021 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2021 / 2,362 Views

Microsoft's cheaper next-generation Xbox console, the Xbox Series S, was the best-selling console in India in April 2021. This figure is according to multiple retailers across India who spoke with IGN

The Xbox Series S has been number one for two straight months. This was in part due to the console having more stock available compared to other consoles. 

The PlayStation 4 was the second best-selling console in April as there was more stock available for the console. This is after March, which saw Xbox Series X as the number two console. 

"We weren’t expecting customers to choose the Series S over the PS4 when both are in stock," said one store executive. "A lot of them are just doing it for Xbox Game Pass, in fact the number one request is to help them set up Game Pass for GTA V."

Xbox Series S Was the Best-Selling Console in India in April 2021

One retailer said the low price of the Xbox Series S has lead to consumers picking it up over the PS4. The Xbox Series S is priced at Rs. 34,990 while the PS4 has a price of Rs. 29,990. The Rs. 5,000 gap is small enough that consumers have been picking up the newer Xbox Series S over the PS4.

"Pricing is also a factor," said one nationwide retailer. "With the difference being just Rs. 5,000 between the two, more seem to be opting for the Series S."

Many retailers aren't expecting Microsoft to extend its lead in May or June as more stock of the PS5 is expected. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments
AkimboCurly (on 21 May 2021)

I am very much on the Xbox Series S hype train and have been for some time. I had an X and sold it for £700 around launch and got an S with the ill-gotten gains.

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VAMatt (on 22 May 2021)

I own both a series X and a series s. I use the series s on a secondary TV. At this point, while most games are cross-gen anyway, I think it is a perfectly good console, and I see a lot of value in it. I am very curious to see how it holds up 3 to 5 years from now. If it can manage decent performance on AAA, 9th-gen only games, I can see it being very successful in developing countries and as a secondary console in wealthier regions.

The system is small, quiet, looks good, and delivers perfectly fine performance for every game that I have played on it so far. When I first heard about it, I was not sure whether it was a good idea. But, now I get it. I'm a hardcore gamer, and it's good enough for me. I would think that makes it good enough for 99.9% of humans on the planet.

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VAMatt VAMatt (on 22 May 2021)

If Sony offered something similar, I'd probably buy that right about now. I decided to do Xbox first this generation because of game pass. So, that probably means I'll get a PS5 about halfway through the generation. A cheaper entry point could get me into the PlayStation family a couple of years sooner. I'm sure this is part of Microsoft's thinking as well. Sony is the market leader, but if you can get some of those people to double dip and join the Xbox ecosystem, that's a big win

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Pemalite (on 21 May 2021)

"One retailer said the lower price of the Xbox Series S has lead to consumers picking it up over the PS4. The Xbox Series S is priced at 34,990 while the PS4 has a price of Rs. 29,990."

Someone doesn't know how to proof read.

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shikamaru317 Pemalite (on 21 May 2021)

That would be IGN, they either have the wrong prices listed in the article, or they made a mistake saying that Series S is cheaper than PS4.

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VAMatt Pemalite (on 21 May 2021)

I think they're saying that the relatively low price of the Series S, just 5000 more than a last gen system, makes it appealing. It is lower than the Series X and both PS5 SKUs.

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Azzanation Pemalite (on 21 May 2021)

As VAMatt said, i thinks it's to do with it being cheap enough that makes it a better buy. Customers look at it as "you can get a full next gen console for a very similar price of a last gen system"

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mjk45 Pemalite (on 22 May 2021)

This what can happen when you use anecdotal evidence for your content

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chakkra (on 21 May 2021)

It is 2021 and people are still buying consoles because of GTA V... a 7-year-old multiplatform game that has even been given out for free on the Epic store... Let that sink in. I said once and I will say it again; we will see the true wings of Series S when MS is finally able to offer it in $200 promotions.

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EnricoPallazzo (on 21 May 2021)

Really interesting. While I would never get a Series S myself (I have an XSX) it is an amazing deal if you don't plan on playing 4k, which is something that requires more money to get a 4k tV and a big room. I have been following digital foundry videos and Series S is always holding up, just on a lower resolution. It is also a nice option if you already have a playstation or switch and want to have an xbox to play a few of the exclusives. Curious to know the current split XSX/XSS

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Random_Matt (on 21 May 2021)

Not entirely what their average income is, but game pass is great for people who have limited funds.

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shikamaru317 Random_Matt (on 21 May 2021)

I’m not sure about average either, but India is a relatively poor nation, though they have been steadily improving. While the official Indian government poverty figures seem quite low, if you use international poverty standards quite a lot more Indians are living in poverty. Using international poverty line standards it has been estimated that as many as 30% might live in poverty in India currently, and many others live just above that poverty line, leaving them with little disposable income for things like gaming. Minimum wage ranges between 160 rupees per day and 750 rupees per day depending on the exact state in India (even the cheaper Series S costs 34,900 rupees), and the minimum wage is set lower for agricultural workers, so India supposedly has like 30% of their population living off of minimum wage or less.

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Mr Puggsly (on 22 May 2021)

I'm not entirely happy with the Series S specs, but I have it and its impressive for the price. All the Xbox One games adding 60/120 fps support also makes it easier to recommend.

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siebensus4 (on 21 May 2021)

Is the Nintendo Switch not being sold in India?

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shikamaru317 (on 21 May 2021)

So Series S got frequent restocks throughout the month and beat previous gen market leader PS4, which got restocks, while PS5 got no restocks at all in April, same as March. Some retailers were expecting PS5 to win in May and June, due to larger PS5 restocks coming in May and June, but the PS5 restocks are all forced bundles with nearly double the retail price of just a PS5, making Series S a much cheaper option, so there is still a possibility of Xbox Series coming out on top in May and/or June.

Edit: Reading into it, the May PS5 restock already happened on May 17th, it sold out in 30 minutes in spite of the expensive forced bundles, but the restock was apparently less than 2,000 units, so there is still a possibility of Xbox Series coming out on top in May, if Xbox managed to ship enough units. So far Sony has been largely ignoring India it seems, they apparently launched with less than 4,000 units in February, then had no restocks in March or April, and now only a less than 2,000 unit restock in May. By comparison MS sent frequent Series S restocks and some Series X restocks to India in March, April, and May.

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Azzanation shikamaru317 (on 21 May 2021)

Id guess the Series X will also restock since that system seems to be sold out everywhere as well.

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Azzanation (on 21 May 2021)

Having a cheaper option opens up alot of doors for newer customers. Good to see.

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