Australian telecoms company Telstra has texted their customers to inform them that pre-orders for Microsoft’s next console, the Xbox Series X, will be going live “soon”. An image posted on Reddit shows the text that has been sent out and it has been confirmed by multiple people across Reddit.
For pre-orders to go live that means the big question must be answered – how much will an Xbox Series X cost?
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has confirmed that the company will be talking more about the console this month. In an interview with iJustine he said “I am encouraged to be able to talk more about our plans… Should be August. I think August we’ll have more to say.”
Rumours of a PlayStation event this month are also swirling around and traditionally August is the month that pre-orders for the next generation of consoles goes live so there is a good run up to launch. It is said the PlayStation event will occur sometime between 5th and 11th August but as we have seen in recent months the dates for next gen reveals are rather fluid and can change at a moment’s notice.
Microsoft and Sony are essentially playing chicken, who is going to go first and reveal the price of their console? Whoever it is will be at a disadvantage, both firms will have a number of prices in mind, from a low price that means they make a loss on each console, or a higher price where they break even, once one of them has revealed their price the other can juggle their numbers and see if they can make their product look more attractive.
Jeff Grub has hinted that Microsoft and Sony will be holding events this month.
I have found the obelisk hidden within Jeff Grubb's Summer Game Mess, and I now travel the universe reborn in the light of video games. It kinda sucks. pic.twitter.com/Q1rS5baY3K
— grubbsnax is back (@JeffGrubb) July 31, 2020
Gabe Newell, head honcho at Valve, has stated Xbox Series X is better than PlayStation 5, but then doesn’t explain why, just “cos it is”. However, customers in the UK seem to favour PS5 over Xbox Series X.