Microsoft's Xbox Series X looks like being quite the powerhouse. It's an 8K monster of a console, original previewed at E3 last year and now confirmed to go on sale on 10th November 2020. And from today, the Xbox Series X pre-orders are live.
The next Xbox promises to be four times as powerful as the original Xbox One X. Indeed, Microsoft has billed the Series X as the "fastest, most powerful games console ever" (though it might be biased). It will have a new 'tall tower' design, new wireless controller and a snappy new interface that's said to load the Xbox Home screen 50% faster than the last Xbox OS. In other words, look out, PS5.
So, how much does the Xbox Series X cost? How - and where - can you pre-order one? You'll find all the details below.
UK: Xbox Series X pre-orders live now
The Xbox Series X costs £449 in the UK while the all-digital Xbox Series S is £249. Below are links to the major UK shops taking part in the Xbox pre-orders. The pre-order price is identical across all stores. Other stores are available.
- John Lewis
- Microsoft Store
- Currys PC World
- GAME (also accepting Xbox All Access pre-orders
- Smyths Toys (also accepting Xbox All Access pre-orders)
- Simply Games
US: Xbox Series X pre-orders start 8am PT, 11am ET
The Xbox Series X pre-order process rolls out across the USA at 8am PT. So, that's 9am MT, 10am CT and 11am ET.
The Xbox Series X costs $499 in the US while the all-digital Xbox Series S is $299. Below are links to the major US shops taking part in the Xbox pre-orders. The pre-order price is identical across all stores. Other stores are available.
- Walmart (also accepting Xbox All Access pre-orders)
- Microsoft Store (also accepting Xbox All Access pre-orders)
- GameStop (also accepting Xbox All Access pre-orders)
- Best Buy (also accepting Xbox All Access pre-orders)
- Sam’s Club
Rest of the world: Xbox Series X pre-orders
Shoppers in Australia and New Zealand were the first to get their Xbox Series X pre-orders in, with the 8am pre-order time arriving at these time zones first.
The price of the Xbox Series X in Australia is AU$749. In New Zealand, it's NZ$799.
The price of the Xbox Series S in Australia is AU$499. In New Zealand, it's NZ$549.
Canadians will have to wait for 8am PT today, when the Xbox Series X can be pre-ordered for CA$599 and the Xbox Series S can be pre-ordered for CA$379.
- Canada - Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Walmart
- New Zealand - Microsoft Store, Spark
- Australia - Harvey Norman, Microsoft Store, Telstra
Xbox Series X price
Microsoft has finally announced the Xbox Series X price: £449 ($499, €499, AU$749). The next-gen console will go on sale on Tuesday 10th November, two weeks ahead of Black Friday.
More than you can afford? Microsoft is rolling out its Xbox All Access subscription service to 12 countries, including the UK (via GAME and Smyths Toys), US (Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart) and Australia (via Telstra).
The services allows to pre-order an Xbox Series X without paying a penny upfront. Instead, you pay £28.99 ($34.99, AU$46) per month over a 24 month period. The deal includes a shiny new Series X console, access to over 100 games on Xbox Games Pass plus multiplayer gaming via Xbox Live Gold. You can pre-order the all-digital Xbox Series S on the same basis.
So, the rumours that claimed the Xbox Series X would cost $499 in the US were right. But then again, there was also plenty of talk of the Xbox costing significantly more. One supposed leak from a retail insider showed the Xbox Series X listed at an eye-watering $599. Thankfully, that's now been debunked.
If you're wondering how the price of the Series X compares to past Xbox consoles, here's a look back at historical Xbox pricing strategies...
The Xbox line started life with the original Xbox, back in 2001. It cost £300/$300 when it launched. This was followed by 2004's Xbox 360, which originally cost £210/$300 for the entry-level model.
Then came the Xbox One range. The original Xbox One launched in 2013, and cost £429/$400 (without the Kinect add-on). This was followed by the Xbox One S in 2016, which went for £249/$300, and then the Xbox One X in 2017 for £450/$500.
Given that it costs the same as the original Xbox One (with the Kinect add-on), the Xbox Series X looks like very good value. After all, it is supposedly the most powerful games console ever...
Xbox Series S price: cheaper digital edition
Rumours circled for months that Microsoft was working on a cheaper Xbox to launch alongside the Series X, and now it's confirmed that they are true. The Xbox Series S is a digital-only version of its next-gen console in order to lower the barrier to entry.
It will cost £249.99 ($299, €299, AU$499). That's just over half the price of the full-fat Xbox Series X and could be a very tempting price for UK gamers.
Gamers in 12 countries, including the US, UK and Australia, will also get the option to pre-order the Series S and pay in instalments. Microsoft's Xbox All Access service gets you Series S console plus Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold in return for £20.99 ($24.99, AU$33) per month over a 24 month period.
The main difference between the Xbox Series X and Series S is that the latter doesn't have a disc drive. Another big difference is that while both consoles support a high frame rate (up to 120fps), the Xbox Series X offers 4K resolution, the Series S only supports up to 1440p. In other words, the Series S is pitched at those with a 1080p HD TV or gaming monitor. If you want to make the most of your 4K TV, the Series X would be the obvious choice.
The Series S isn't as powerful, either. Both consoles have the same Zen 2-based CPU but the Xbox Series X runs at 3.8Hz, while the Series S runs at 3.4Hz. And where the Xbox Series S has 10GB of GDDR6 memory running at 224Gbps, the Series X offers 16GB of GDDR6.
That's not to say the Series S is underpowered. Microsoft claims it will "deliver four times the processing power of an Xbox One console."
Lastly, Series S sports a 512GB SSD – half that of the Series X, which totes a 1TB SSD. Both consoles provide 1TB expansion cards and HDMI 2.1 sockets with support for Variable Refresh Rate.
The Xbox Series S is set to go head to head with Sony's PS5 Digital Edition, which is said to be a PS5 minus the disc drive. The Series S could also save you a fortune on games on disc. Publisher 2K has already announced that its upcoming basketball game NBA 2K21 will cost $70 in the US (£65) on the Xbox Series X, just as it will on the PS5. That's a full $10 more than on the previous generation of consoles. Expect $70 games to be the new normal for disc games, with digital downloads (hopefully) cheaper.
Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders
Microsoft announced that Xbox Series X pre-orders will go live on Tuesday 22nd September. The company gave the go-ahead in Xbox Wire blog post which reads: "Xbox Series X, our most powerful console ever made, and Xbox Series S, next-generation performance in our smallest console ever built at a more affordable price, launch globally November 10, pre-orders start September 22."
However, it has now detailed specific pre-order start times for each territory, which are as follows:
New Zealand – 22nd September 8AM NZST: Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers.
European, Middle East and African territories – 9AM CEST: Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers.
Sony, meanwhile, has already green-lighted PS5 pre-orders.
Microsoft has also revealed more information on how and when Xbox fans can get their consoles via the Xbox All Access subscription.
Xbox Series X price vs PlayStation 5 price
After many leaks and speculation, Sony recently confirmed the PS5 Digital and PS5 prices at £360 ($400, AU$599) and £450 ($500, AU$750) respectively. That came as a pleasant surprise to those who'd expected the PS5 to be priced much higher than the rival Xbox Series X.
As it turns out, the full-fat PS5 and Xbox Series X cost the same, although the all-digital Series S undercuts the PS5 Digital Edition by a fair margin of £90 ($100, AU$100).
Bear in mind, however, that the Xbox Series S is less powerful than the Series X, whereas the PS5 Digital Edition is identical to the standard PS5 except for the lack of a disc drive.
Xbox Series X price: game bundles
The Xbox Series X has a lot of exciting games confirmed for it but only the blockbuster titles will be offered as bundles.
Having said that, some of the biggest titles are usually partnered with a new console. This year's instalments include FIFA 21, Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin's Creed Valhalla, all of which are confirmed for the new console.
We know that Microsoft have teamed up with EA to bring over 60 of EA's biggest games to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gives you access to 100+ games stored in the cloud.
Halo Infinite should would likely have been the most-wanted launch title, and the most popular bundle, but 343 Industries, the studio in charge of the game, recently announced that they had made the "difficult decision" to delay its release until 2021.
We can also expect the Xbox Series X and Series S to come bundled with accessories like wireless controllers and subscriptions to the online gaming platform Xbox Live. Stay tuned, and we'll bring you more as we get it.