The Xbox One S 2 TB Edition fetches some huge prices online in the UK after that country’s retail stock sells out, but will this trend continue with Project Scoprio on the horizon?
When Microsoft announced the Xbox One S at E3 2016, the console’s reception was positive but somewhat muted in light of the fact that Microsoft closed that same press conference with the reveal of Project Scorpio. In the months since E3, there has been some speculation in the press and among Xbox fans as to what kind of demand there would be for the Xbox One S once it hit the market this month.
But if the latest news out of the UK is any indication, it appears that the Xbox One S could be in high demand, at least during its launch window. DualShockers reports that Xbox One S consoles are popping up for sale on eBay UK at hefty prices following the sell out of all of the UK’s retail stock.
A quick glance at eBay UK shows that the Xbox One S 2 TB launch edition is selling for as much as £550, a £200 increase over the retail price in the UK. (For reference, £550 converts to about $720 as of press time.)
As DualShockers notes, it’s not clear yet if the sell-out of retail stock occurred because of higher than expected demand or if Microsoft just failed to adequately stock inventory. But either way, the fact that people are bidding on and buying the Xbox One S at a mark up demonstrates that there are at least some Xbox fans who are passionate about the console’s new features. These include the ability to take advantage of 4K resolution TV sets, a redesigned controller, and a small performance boost for at least some games.
For what it’s worth, the Xbox One S 2 TB edition also went on sale in the United States this week and eBay prices here don’t seem nearly as crazy. Game Rant found a number of listings still sitting around the $400 retail asking price, although there are a few people ponying up somewhere around $500 or more. One reason why there might be higher demand in the UK at the moment is that the 500 GB and 1 TB editions of the Xbox One S don’t have a release date in that country yet, according to DualShockers. Those versions will be available in the U.S. on August 23, with at least two bundle packages available.
Microsoft has to be happy that there is at least some demand for the Xbox One S at this point, but the real test will be this holiday season. With the more powerful Project Scorpio only about a year away, it will be interesting to see if this successful launch for the Xbox One S has any legs or if demand drops off with the arrival of 2017.
The Xbox One S 2 TB Edition is out now and the 1 TB and 500 GB versions will go on sale August 23.