It’s hard to believe, but we finally have a price for a next-gen console. To the surprise of pretty much everyone, Microsoft dropped not only the price, but the confirmed existence, of the Xbox Series S. The smaller version of the next-gen Xbox is light on details for now, but we know the Xbox Series S price is $299. This lines up with an earlier leak of its price and design, and bolsters the rumor the Xbox Series X will be priced at $499 USD, and both consoles will allegedly hit retailers November 10, 2020.
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Xbox Series X Preorder Information Pages
We’ve known for a while. now the Xbox Series X is coming November 2020, but the exact preorder date, price, and release date are still just the stuff of rumors. Even so, you can visit the Xbox Series X info pages at the below retailers to read up on the upcoming console, and several of them let you enter your email address for notifications once Xbox Series X preorders do go live.
As for us, this is IGN’s dedicated Xbox Series X preorder page. Bookmark it now, because we’ll have link and information for all the retailers as soon as preorders go live. We’ll continuously monitor which stores have preorder stock, what (if any) bonuses they offer, and any other relevant information to ensure anyone who wants an Xbox Series X can get one at launch.
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Xbox Series S Preorder Information Pages
At this time, there aren’t any notification pages set up for the newly-revealed Xbox Series S. All we know is its $299 price tag and it’s the “smallest Xbox ever.” From the design, it looks like it’s digital-only, but again, no confirmation of anything beyond the existence of the long-rumored “Lockhart” Xbox Series S and finally (finally!) a next-gen console price announcement.
We don’t have official confirmation, but the Xbox Series S will run games at 1440p at 120fps, support ray tracing, and include a NVMe 512GB SSD. Allegedly.
Xbox Series X Specs
Microsoft released the official Xbox Series X technical specs on February 24, promising 12 teraflops of graphical processing power and backwards compatibility all the way back to the original Xbox console.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Xbox Series X technical specifications:
- Custom-designed AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 processor
- A “patented form” of variable rate shading (VRS)
- DirectX raytracing (hardware accelerated)
- SSD storage
- HDMI 2.1
- 120fps support
The console’s Velocity Architecture, Microsoft Says, should mean we’ll see smaller game file sizes, less and faster loading, along with other immediate benefits. Microsoft also showed off the Xbox Series X UI, saying its new interface reduces load times to the home screen on start-up and when returning to it from a game.
Xbox Series X Release Date
The only official word we have about the Xbox Series X release date is that it will launch “Holiday 2020.” We did get a credible Xbox Series X launch date leak in early August, when packaging for alleged Xbox controllers bore a sticker reading “Do not sell or display before November 6.” That’s the closest we’ve come so far to an actual date, but Microsoft still hasn’t confirmed it yet.
The latest rumors put the Xbox Series X release date at November 10, 2020, but those are still just rumors.
Xbox Series X Game Prices
Pricing on next-gen games is a little complicated. Many Xbox Series X-compatible games launching this fall, including Ubisoft’s fall lineup, will cost $60. Others, like NBA 2K21, will cost $70. Going into next year and beyond, it’s likely an MSRP of $70 will become more and more common for Xbox Series X titles.
Xbox Series X Games
Thanks to Microsoft’s years-long push for backwards compatibility, Xbox Series X will launch with “thousands of games.” Some of the big launch-window titles that have been announced include Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Check out our Xbox Series X game list wiki for an up-to-date list of all the confirmed and rumored Series X titles.