The Xbox Series X will be the most powerful console on the market when it launches in November, alongside the less powerful and all-digital Xbox Series S which was only officially confirmed at the beginning of September.
We’ve summed up the highlights when it comes to both consoles below:
1) Xbox Series X standalone costs $499/ £449.99 / €499/ AU$749
2) Xbox Series X on Xbox All Access starts from $34.99 / £28.99 / €34.99/ AU$46 per month
3) Xbox Series S standalone costs $299/ £249.99 / €299/ AU$499
4) Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access starts from $24.99 / £20.99 / €24.99/ AU$33 per month
5) Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release worldwide on Tuesday, November 10
6) Xbox Game Pass Ultimate standalone costs $14.99/ £10.99/ €12.99/ AU$15.95 per month
7) Halo Infinite will no longer be a launch title
8) You can NOW PRE-ORDER an Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S! T3’s Xbox Series X pre-order guide shows you where.
While Microsoft’s hardware is impressive, the company is bolstering its line-up with Xbox Game Pass – a subscription service that lets players stream thousands of titles from across four console generations, as well as brand new games.
Combined with Microsoft’s Xbox All Access scheme, which lets you pick up your next-gen Xbox console of choice with no upfront cost, and pay back the cost over a 24-month contract, gamers don’t have to worry about dropping hundreds of pounds and shelling out for pricey games; getting into the next-generation is an easily affordable reality.
Xbox Series X guide – Menu
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If you want to know as much as possible in advance of the Xbox Series X launch, you’ve come to the right place.
Although the Xbox One line might be lagging behind the PlayStation 4 behemoth in terms of sales, Microsoft is coming out for the next round with all guns blazing – and we think the Xbox Series X might just have enough power and style to beat the PS5.
Xbox Series X world premiere
The Xbox Series X was unveiled last December at 2019’s Game Awards in LA. While we suspected a potentially less powerful digital-only console would accompany it at launch, it wasn’t until September 8 this year that Microsoft officially confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S, positioning it as a smaller, more affordable option for gamers who don’t want or need 4K gaming.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-orders
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S trailer
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release date
We know for certain that the Xbox Series X will arrive on store shelves in time for Christmas 2020 – Microsoft has said so.
However, a more specific release date for the new console has yet to be revealed. Expect it to be very similar to Sony’s PS5, but we’re still waiting on a launch date for that console too… and the flow of news hasn’t been helped by the cancellation of E3 2020 due to the coronavirus. However, during Microsoft’s third-party games reveal, it was revealed many of the games would be released in October, so it stands to reason the console will launch then.
Xbox Series X Price
What’s the next Xbox, the Xbox Series X, going to cost you? You can currently pick up a new Xbox One X for around £350 ($299 at Walmart in the U.S.) depending on where you’re shopping. Microsoft will want a console with lots of power but a relatively affordable price tag to appeal to as many gamers as possible.
With that in mind, the price of the Xbox Series X will probably come in at £450-£500, with some with game bundles taking that up to £550 or £600. Advances in manufacturing processes, as well as Microsoft taking a hit on hardware to build an install base, should mean the console retails for no more. After all, gamers will remember what happened when Sony launched the PS3 at $600 in the US — sales flopped, with gamers unable to justify the outlay. This go-round, Microsoft is said to be waiting for Sony to make the first move.
I wouldn’t expect console prices until August. When Intel, Nvidia, and AMD launch similar products, they wait until the last possible minute to set a price. It’s the one thing they *can* still change. But, of course, consoles rely more on preorders, so can’t wait forever.May 20, 2020
Bear in mind that Microsoft currently offers a two-tier system for console buyers, though, with both the S and X models on sale at the same time, and there’s now the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, too. That multi-model approach might be kept for the Xbox Series X update as well.
Indeed, whispers from deep inside Microsoft suggest a “family of devices” is on the way. Does that mean multiple Xboxes? Another rumour has also suggested multiple consoles are in the pipeline, with the Xbox Series X joined by a much cheaper console, too. Microsoft hasn’t revealed too much about this just yet.
Xbox Series X Design
The Xbox Series X is boxy and rectangular, opting for a tower shape. Smaller, slimmer, sleeker – those are the overriding trends we’re seeing in tech hardware as the years go by, and Xbox Series X bucks the trend. A vent at the top allows for cooling.
What we do (think we) know is that three different versions of the next Xbox are on the way: the high-end Series X (code-named Anaconda), the entry-level Scarlett Arcade (Lockhart), and the streaming-only Maverick. That should give us three slightly different hardware designs too, beyond the initial reveal.
According to Jez Corden from Windows Central, the next Xbox’s design has been in development for several years now, and we’re impressed with what we’ve seen so far – right down to the green illumination on the top.
Xbox Series X Specs
The Xbox Series X will boast more processing performance and graphics power – more than the six teraflops currently inside the Xbox One X, at least. A statement on the Microsoft blog claimed the Series X will pack four times the power of the already formidable Xbox One X.
According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X will come rocking an 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, an AMD RDNA 2 GPU capable of pushing 12 teraflops of power, 16GB of memory and a 1TB SSD for storage to start with (which you can expand if needed). This is going to be capable of matching PC rigs costing thousands of pounds.
Based on what Xbox team members have said to Eurogam
er, the next-gen box will be able to run four Xbox One S games simultaneously. Games running in 4K at 60 frames per second will be the norm, with some pushing 120 fps and 8K resolutions (though not at the same time, obviously).
Insider sources reckon the Xbox Series X will be more powerful than the PS5, and on top of that Xbox boss Phil Spencer has promised the next Xbox is going to “set the benchmark” for console gaming.
Both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 are being tipped by those in the know to have a separate graphics chip, rather than combining the CPU and GPU on one piece of silicon. That should mean faster frame rates at higher resolutions, and enough in the way of performance to get even the most demanding games running smoothly.
As expected, GDDR6 graphics hardware will be adopted in the next Xbox consoles, giving these machines even more grunt than the GDDR5 tech built into the Xbox One X (and among other things that means better hair renderings).
Microsoft has been talking up the potential of ray tracing and the much faster loading times you can expect from the Xbox Series X: check out the video we’ve embedded above to see how much quicker State of Decay 2 loads up.
The extra graphics oomph on board the Xbox Series X will improve everything from the way that games can resume from sleep, to the smoothness and loading times of vast open world games (such as Red Dead Redemption 2), to the way that smoke, water and wind look on screen.
We now know that much of the Xbox Series X console has been custom-made, from the storage to the processor, and that gives Microsoft’s gaming monster a good chance of edging out the PS5 when the two go head-to-head.
Xbox Series X Games
Good news: games from all previous generations of the Xbox will run on the Xbox Series X. Phil Spencer is already using the Series X as his primary console, which at least confirms a big commitment to backwards compatibility.
Something that should feature prominently on the Xbox Series X (and maybe other “Scarlett” devices) is game streaming – carrying on the work started by the Xbox Game Pass and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
Indeed, Microsoft has announced it’s already working with Sony to try and improve video game streaming technologies – so it seems even rival companies can try and forge a common path. Downloading and streaming is of course very convenient, as Xbox execs have said, but when it comes to 4K graphics it’s still easier to use physical discs and it doesn’t look as though they’ll go away completely anytime soon.