Well, that appears to have been the mistake a lot of people are already making. The machines do sound awfully similar – the Xbox One X is the current-generation console and the Xbox Series X is the one due for release in November – and Amazon sales suggest many have made the error.
One Twitter user noticed in Amazon’s Movers and Shakers section that sales for the Xbox One X had spiked by 747%, giving the impression many gamers had been caught out by the similar-sounding names.
‘Xbox One X sales rank is up 747% on Amazon lol… Wonder how many people bought an Xbox One X instead of an Xbox Series X,’ he tweeted, with a link to the page that showed the increase in interest.
It’s important to note that Amazon products on this list are pretty current, meaning it’s based off the past few hours of how it climbed the chart, getting to number 4, and isn’t directly measuring unit sales.
The author also pointed out the history of Xbox consoles and just how easy it is for those unaccustomed to gaming to get into a pickle, by listing every incarnation.
However, that didn’t stop the good people of Twitter mocking Microsoft when it comes to the lack of variation when console naming, as the following illustrates:
Others poked fun at Microsoft’s consoles with some hilarious wordplay – and yes, it does get a tad confusing.
Luckily anyone who has ordered the current console by mistake will be able to get a refund from Amazon as per its returns policy.
Sony hasn’t fared much better when it comes to a smooth pre-ordering process for the upcoming PlayStation 5. The company had to issue an apology for the way it handled the pre-order launch, leaving retailers out of stock and fans livid.
Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 will launch in November for a top-end cost of £449/$499/499 euros, with Microsoft releasing its digital-only version for £249/$299/299 euros, and Sony’s at £359/$399/399 euros.
The Xbox Series X will be released worldwide on 10 November, while the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and November 19 in the UK and Europe.