Xbox Series X price is official, pre-orders start this month

It’s time! The next-generation is happening and Microsoft have jumped first, with the Xbox Series X and the Series S set to launch on the 10th November 2020. The Series X will retail for £449 or $499, while the Series S weighs in at £249 or $299. There will also be a 24-month subscription offer bundling a console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play together starting from an exceedingly tempting $24.99 / £20.99 per month for Series S, and $34.99 / £28.99 per month for Series X.

After yesterday’s leak it was probably inevitable that this was all going to come rushing in, but the rumours of a PlayStation 5 announcement may have also had them biting the bullet in an effort to steal a little bit of that next-gen thunder.

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The full specs of the Series X and Series S can be seen in the table below – the Series X is now apparently just a tiny bit more powerful. Both will allow the developers to take advantage of DirectX raytracing so lighting and sound react much more naturally in the game environments.

Xbox Series X Xbox Series S
CPU 8-Core Zen 2 @ 3.8Ghz / 3.6Ghz w/ SMT 8–Core Zen 2 @ 3.6Ghz / 3.4Ghz w/ SMT
GPU RDNA 2 GPU – 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz RDNA 2 – 20 CUs @ 1.565 GHz
GPU Power 12.15 TFLOPS 4 TFLOPS
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 10 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s 8GB @ 224 GB/s, 2GB @ 56 GB/s
Performance Target 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS 1440p @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
Internal Storage 1 TB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD 512 GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD
I/O Throughput 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed) 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage 1 TB NVME Expansion Card 1 TB NVME Expansion Card
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive Digital Only
Video Output HDMI 2.1 – Up to 4K at 120Hz, 8K, VRR HDMI 2.1 – Up to 4K at 120Hz, 8K, VRR
Backward Compatibility Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox
Availability 10th November 2020 10th November 2020
Price $499 / £449 / €499 $299 / £249 / €299

 

Writing on Xbox.com, Jason Ronald, Director of Program Management for Xbox Series X said, “Backwards compatible games run natively on the Xbox Series X hardware, running with the full power of the CPU, GPU and the SSD. No boost mode, no downclocking, the full power of the Xbox Series X for each and every backward compatible game.”

The Xbox Series S will be priced at $299 / €299 / £249, coming out on 10th November alongside the Xbox Series X. The console will be 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, and all-digital with no disc drive, which we could already tell from the initial imagery.

While this all started off as yet another major PR blunder and leak from Microsoft, it’s to their credit that they simply turned it around into an announcement. Of course, to then have even more details slip between their fingers is a further embarrassment, when the company has been in a tense (and frustratingly boring) standoff with Sony over announcing the release date and price of their respective consoles.

While long speculated, the two-pronged attack on the next generation is now confirmed, with Microsoft targeting both the high end and the lower end of the spectrum. It’s a fascinating approach, with the Series S able to cater to people on a tighter budget, those without 4K TVs, or those thinking about picking up a secondary console to pair with a PS5, PC or something else. Let’s see how it pays off.

Meanwhile, in the land of Sony, a regional GAME store claimed that there was a big PlayStation 5 announcement coming today… It looks like Microsoft decided to beat them to the punch?

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8 Comments

  1. Considering the hardware, the Series X for £449 is a damn good deal. Although I saw the leak/rumour of the pricing for the expandable storage that made my eyes water!

    • Oooh, let’s quickly Google those rumours, since you forgot to mention the price…

      $220?? Which should be about £200. Does seem a bit on the expensive side if it’s true.

      • Sorry, I should have included them! Yeah £200 for 1TB is outrageous, even if these are outrageously fast SSD’s. If you buy the Series S, which only has a 500GB SSD, you’ll basically which you bought the X when you take into account the price difference and hardware.

  2. Decent enough price, and again cheaper than converting the US price and adding VAT.

    Plus they’re bundling EA Play (which is what they’re calling EA Access this week) in with Game Pass as well.

    Now we just need Sony to announce something. Can they manage £349 and £399? Or will they go for £349 and £449? Or £399 and £449? An extra £100 for a blu-ray drive seems a bit much, but I guess having to buy everything from Sony subsidises the digital version so it could be £100 less.

    A combined PS+/Now subscription seems like something Sony need to announce too. If MS haven’t thrown enough money at EA, could they squeeze EA Play in too? How much money do you need to give EA to stop them taking further money??

    I still think MS have given Sony plenty of room between the S and X prices to put the digital PS5 right in the middle and get all those “well, maybe I’ll just go one step up, it’s only an extra £100” sales

    • The prices in America are always before tax, local and/or local.

      • And quite often they just convert $1 to £1. When $1 + 20% VAT is currently about 92p.

        Which would make the Series X and it’s $499 price about £459 here. And the $299 Series S should be £275 instead of £249.

        If I can count properly, the Series X is about £60 more than the exchange rate 5 years ago would have made it. Or about £30 more than it would have been the day we demonstrated why referenda are a stupid idea.

    • It’s probably going to be more expensive to be honest. By all accounts Microsoft which doesn’t rely on the Xbox for it’s massive cash flow unlike Sony and PlayStation has cash to subsidise the Xbox hardware. I think PS5 is probably going to be £499. Hopefully I am wrong as on paper at least the PS5 is already playing catch-up.

  3. Fair price, about the lowest I’d expected. Great to see xbox going all out out the new gen after so many predicted them to give up on gaming.

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