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Xbox Series X price and bundles: the latest updates on stock

GamesRadar logo GamesRadar 19/10/2020 Benjamin Abbott
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We now know the Xbox Series X price after months of speculation, and it's not as expensive as many of us had feared. Specifically, you'll be able to pick up the console for $499.99 in the US, £449.99 in the UK, and AU$749 as of November 10 2020. Well, in theory. Xbox Series X pre-orders are now live, but sadly they also sold out straight away. That means you'll need to keep checking in with retailers to see if more next-gen consoles are available. 

We've listed some quick links below for the retailers most likely to get more stock and we think it's worth checking in on them regularly to see if more stock has arrived. Naturally, we're checking for you every day and if Microsoft announces any incoming stock in advance, we'll be sure to let you know right here too.

Regardless of the retailer you choose, you're up against some fierce competition. The next-gen console is being snapped up within seconds whenever it becomes available again, so you're going to need to be on the ball. Considering how low the Xbox Series X price is, its popularity isn't surprising.

This flurry of activity may feel like it's dropped out of the blue, but that's probably because the Xbox Series X price was leaked ahead of time earlier in September. That led to the unveiling of the Xbox Series S (which is also launching November 10) and the Xbox Series S price, which in turn encouraged a rush of PS5 details. It seems as if Sony and Microsoft were playing chicken with each other when it came to cost.

Frankly, it's about time we got some hard numbers. That November release date is fast-approaching, so the fact that we didn't have an Xbox Series X price was starting to worry us. Now we can put those anxieties to bed at long last - especially because it's not nearly as expensive as we'd feared. This is in line with what Microsoft's been saying all along. More specifically, Xbox boss Phil Spencer explained how the company was trying to make the Xbox Series X price more affordable earlier this year. He said that Microsoft has been asking itself "how can we make [the console] as affordable as possible? How can we give buyers choice?"

That question of choice will be an interesting one to follow in the coming months. How will the system compare in sales to its rival, the PlayStation 5? We now know that the PS5 price is identical to the Series X, for example, so will it be a close-run race? We'll have to wait and see as the PS5 pre-orders went live recently too, although they sold out even faster than Microsoft's.

No matter what happens, we win as gamers. For starters, the Xbox Series X price and PS5 cost won't break the bank as much as we'd feared. Secondly, the wealth of new games we're getting for both systems are looking fantastic. That includes the Viking-themed Assassin's Creed Valhalla, a brand-new Fable that returns the series to its roleplaying roots, and Obsidian's latest RPG, a first-person fantasy adventure called Avowed.  

For more details on the Xbox Series X price, read on. If you want updates as and when they happen, remember to sign up for email alerts below.

Xbox Series X price around the world

Want to know how much the next generation of consoles will set you back? Surprisingly, the Xbox Series X price is cheaper than expected. We've listed how much the system will cost in your region below. And don't forget, pre-orders are open right now. That means you can set aside your copy of the next-gen console in time for the November release date.

  • US: $499.99
  • UK: £449.99
  • AU: $749

Alright, so $500 / £450 / $749 is still a good chunk of cash to spend on a next-gen console. But to honest, it could have been so much worse. Thanks to a technical breakdown of the confirmed Xbox Series X specs, it should be a whole lot more expensive than it actually is. We've got a full technical breakdown below, but here's the short version: a super-fast Solid State Drive ('SSD' for short) sits alongside very fancy Zen 2 processing cores, while the graphics card is able to pull off ray tracing and 4K resolution. If you were putting together a gaming PC, all of that would cost a small fortune.

Luckily, Microsoft has managed to lower the Xbox Series X price to something more palatable. Plus, you don't necessarily have to pay off the next-gen console in one go. Due to the Xbox All Access payment plan, you can get a Series X for a monthly fee spread over two years. It'll set you back $34.99 per month in the US, £28.99p/m in the UK, and $46p/m in Australia. 

Interestingly, Xbox All Access doesn't just get you the console. It also offers 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as well. Because Game Pass is a bit like Netflix for gaming (with well over 100 games and counting), that's a solid deal. Particularly due to the fact that new Xbox exclusive games like Gears of War will appear on Game Pass for free on the day of release.

Thanks to this, Xbox All Access might be one of the more sensible options when it comes to buying an Xbox Series X. Indeed, it saves you money in the long run. Sure, you're only getting a small amount knocked off the overall price, but it's still cheaper than buying the console and two years of Game Pass separately.

However, be advised that you won't find Xbox All Access in many stores besides Microsoft. GameStop fills that role in the US, and Game or Smyths have the honor in the UK.

Where can I reserve an Xbox Series X?

With the Xbox Series X now available to pre-order, it can be found at all the usual outlets. In theory, anyway. The console is out of stock almost everywhere, and that means you've got to be quick if deals appear.

In terms of where to look, we'd recommend keeping an eye on the biggest brands (e.g. those with the largest reach). If anyone will get more stock in before the November 10 release date, they will. That means having Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop bookmarked and ready to go.

Just go careful with GameStop. While coronavirus has devastated a great many retailers, it's resulted in some brick-and-mortar GameStop stores closing down. That means your local branch might not be around when it comes to release day, so keep that in mind if you were hoping to pick up your order in-store. It's the same story with UK shoppers and local Game shops.

Speaking of the UK, you're spoiled for choice. Amazon is of course the headline act thanks to Amazon Prime and its speedy delivery, but electronics specialist Currys has consistently delivered the goods throughout the Covid-19 crisis. With that in mind, they're likely to get more stock in before smaller stores. Likewise, Argos is worth checking now and then to see if more pre-orders for Xbox Series X have turned up (you can also pick up your purchase in store if you're nervous about missing the delivery). If all else fails, don't forget to check in with Box, Very, TheGameCollection, AO.com, and Base.com. It'll be worth keeping an eye on John Lewis as well. Despite being late to the party when pre-orders launched, each of its electronic items have a free two-year guarantee. Because you have to pay a hefty sum for the same service elsewhere, John Lewis may be one of the best options.

As for Australia, Amazon is growing all the time and is guaranteed to be a big contender. Meanwhile, watch out for EB Games and JB Hi-Fi. They're probably going to get lots of Xbox Series X bundles, so are a good place to start.

If nothing else, remember that Microsoft has online stores in countries around the world. As well as offering the current Xbox One systems, they also provide Xbox Series X offers and a load of Xbox One accessories. However, don't expect to see a discount here.

To get you started, we've listed a few quick retailer links below.

Xbox Series X retailers (US)

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Amazon

As the biggest kid on the retailer block, Amazon is likely to get more pre-order stock in for Xbox Series X. But there's a downside. Because it's the go-to destination for most shoppers, competition will be fierce. That means you'll need to be quick, so keep refreshing the page every now and then and be ready to pounce if more consoles become available. We'd also recommend having a few alternatives up your sleeve. As it happens, we've got a couple below...View Deal

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Microsoft

If in doubt, go straight to the source. In a turn of events that will surprise precisely no-one, Microsoft has been one of the most consistent when it comes to Xbox Series X stock. It's also likely to get more in before everyone else, so keep an eye out.View Deal

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Walmart Walmart is another solid bet for Xbox Series X stock; it's sure to have plenty on offer due to being one of the nation's biggest retailers. The main advantage with this chain is the wealth of physical stores, though. If you're worried about missing your Xbox delivery thanks to being at work, you can always pick it up in store instead this November 10. Keep your eye on Walmart's Xbox Series X store page as a result.View Deal

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Best Buy

Like Walmart, Best Buy is a good bet for stock when it comes to the Xbox Series X. It's one of the country's biggest retailers, meaning it's sure to get lots of the console in. What's more, it has the option of in-store pickups as well. That makes it a real contender, and one to consider if you don't think you'll be home for delivery of your next-gen console.View Deal


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Xbox Series X retailers (UK)

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Amazon

Amazon is always a solid bet when it comes to console deals, and we don't expect it to disappoint with the Xbox Series X. Well, when it gets more stock, that is. The retail giant has been struggling to get more Xbox Series X pre-orders in, so it's worth checking back every now and then to see if any offers are available. As ever, you'll need to be very quick to secure them - we suspect more than a few people will be camping on the listing page to see if pre-orders come back into stock.View Deal

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Microsoft

For the best chance of an Xbox Series X pre-order, we'd suggest Microsoft. It was the most reliable source of deals when pre-orders started, and stock lasted the longest there as well. With that in mind, we expect its online store to get more stock in ahead of the November 10 release date. After all, this is the company behind the machine. If anyone is going to get more consoles ahead of launch, surely it'll be Microsoft.View Deal

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Currys PC World Currys is a good choice when it comes to Xbox Series X pre-orders. Thanks to its size and presence on the UK high street, it's likely to get more stock in before the November 10 launch date. That's in spite of the pandemic, too. It consistently offered deals throughout the Covid-19 lockdown on rare items like the Nintendo Switch, a console few other retailers seemed able to secure. What's more, you can pick up your order in store. That means there's no need to panic about missing delivery for whatever reason.View Deal

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John Lewis John Lewis may not be the first retailer you think of when it comes to Xbox Series X, but it's definitely one to keep in mind. It offers a two year warranty as standard on electronics, whereas most retailers only provide one. That makes it a real winner in our books, especially because new consoles can be so unpredictable. A word of caution, though. Surprisingly, the store wasn't well stocked with PS5s when pre-orders for that console started, so it might be missing some Xbox Series X deals too.View Deal

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Argos As another mainstay of the UK high street, Argos is going to be another retailer that's probably going to get more Xbox Series X stock before launch day. Plus, you can also pick up your online order in store if you're worried about missing the delivery for whatever reason. Peace of mind is worth a lot!View Deal

What about Xbox Series X bundles and deals?

Are Xbox Series X bundles going to be available on launch day? Absolutely. In fact, you can bet on it.

We don't know for sure what will be included, but it's possible to make a few educated guesses. A certain little game called Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming out around November, for instance, and it's closely followed by Cyberpunk 2077. They're strong candidates for bundle inclusion as a result.

Just don't expect Halo Infinite to arrive alongside the console this fall. The game has been delayed to 2021, so Master Chief's latest mission won't team up with any bundles or Xbox Series X deals this year. The same can be said of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 due to its vague release window.

Don't expect big discounts on software in launch bundles, either. We don't normally see price-drops in the early days of a console's life-cycle, so Xbox Series X deals are probably going to be a similar price to buying the console and games separately. If anything, it's more likely that retailers will slash prices on extras like Xbox Live Gold deals or a few free months of Game Pass.

Still, there are other ways to save money if cost is on your mind. More specifically, some games will cross the generational gap. For example, you can get your hands on a next-gen upgrade of games like Avengers for free if you already own a copy on Xbox One or PS4. That's an easy way to save on cash right away, and it's also something we hope to see more of as launch day draws closer. Especially because Microsoft is reportedly telling developers that Xbox Series X game upgrades have to be free.

For other possible bundle inclusions, take a look at our roundup of upcoming Xbox Series X games for a clearer picture.

What's the difference between Series X and Series S?

Should you pick up an Xbox Series X or a Series S? And just what is the difference, anyway? As we explained in our Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S feature, it's a lot simpler than it seems. In a nutshell, both run the same next-gen games... but the Series S can't display them in super-sharp 4K resolution. What's more, it doesn't have a disc drive. That's basically it.

Why? Simple - accessibility. Because the Xbox Series S was designed to serve as an entry-level console, ditching some of the extra power needed for 4K is a smart way of lowering the overall cost. Especially if you don't have or care about 4K TVs. Similarly, the lack of a disc drive probably shunts the cost down even further.

All the same, we wouldn't say it's the better choice. Although the Series X is more expensive, it's arguably the 'full' next-gen experience. If you have a 4K TV, games will look better with the Series X. There are no two ways about it.

In addition, the lack of a Series S disc drive isn't ideal. Digital games are almost always more expensive than physical ones in the long run, so it's actually not as good value for money as it seems. Especially because the console's internal storage is only 500GB or so - you can't fit much on there. That necessitates splashing out on an extra hard drive or constantly deleting your old games.

The Series X is a superior choice if you want to future-proof yourself, too. We'll be in a far better position to enjoy the advanced games that'll come later in the generation with a Series X.

What specs mean for the Xbox Series X price

Much like the 4K-ready Xbox One X before it, the specs inside Xbox Series X are impressive. Indeed, we now know that the Series X features eight Zen 2 CPU cores at 3.8GHz, a mighty 12 teraFLOPS of graphical power, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and 16GB of DDR6 RAM. Wondering what all that means? For starters, it'll result in a smoother and more detailed experience than you've ever seen on a console before. Additionally, your games will have shockingly fast loading times. We're talking seconds instead of minutes, here. That's a huge deal.

What's more, the AMD Zen 2 computer processing unit and Navi chipset are apparently 10% better than the already powerful GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. This will allow the new Xbox to pull off real-time ray tracing, a more realistic lighting system that's usually the preserve of high-end PCs. This is a machine that natively supports up to 8K resolution and 120 frames-per-second, too. According to Microsoft, the Series X's blisteringly fast RAM will also "usher in resolution and framerates we've never seen before."

Honestly, we're lucky that the Xbox Series X price isn't higher with such an impressive spec sheet. Its tech puts the Series X on par with the very best gaming PCs, after all. 

For a closer look at what's inside the Series X, check out the table below.

Thanks to all of that advanced technology, the Xbox Series X price is great value for money. If you look at the cost of a PC gaming rig with matching specs, it'd really hurt your wallet.

As an example, the hard drive inside the Series X is based on a high-speed NVMe. If we were to look at something like the Samsung SSD 970 Pro as a reference point, the 1TB version comes in at $350 / £299 alone. Now, given that Series X needs to be future-proofed for installing and reading 4K and possibly 8K assets – not to mention equipped to deal with an increasing push towards a digital-first ecosystem, thanks to services like Game Pass – you'd be staring down the barrel of a potentially hefty bill. Factor in a need to mitigate the strain of ever-increasing install sizes and we are immediately looking at a premium rig that costs double the Xbox Series X price.

Secondly, the Series X comes equipped with an SoC, a custom 'system-on-chip' platform that integrates the CPU and GPU together. It is essentially a purpose-built AMD Navi chip in an effort to support new initiatives like hardware-accelerated real-time ray tracing. Factor in native 4K resolutions at 60 frames per-second and you're looking at a GPU that would cost no less than $800 for a PC build. Then you've got the AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU core built with Radeon RDNA architecture and… look, it gets real expensive, real fast. As a result, we can thank our lucky stars that the Xbox Series X price isn't going to cost upwards of $1,000 / £1,000 like the equivalent PC would.

Saving money on accessories and games

As we laid out in our overview of PS5 vs Xbox Series X, a $499 / £500 price point for both consoles puts them on a level playing field. Xbox has one major advantage, though. The sting of the Xbox Series X price could well be softened by Microsoft putting so much stock into supporting Xbox Series X backward compatibility

Think about it. After paying for a console, you'd normally have to factor in a couple of launch games purpose-built to sell the system along with new controllers, subscriptions, and whatever extras the publishers are pushing. With Xbox Series X, all of your existing Xbox One peripherals and services are forwards compatible. That means all your achievements, progression, controllers, service subscriptions, Xbox One headsets, and other accessories move forward to Series X. We've already started rounding up the best Xbox Series X headsets too as many of the top audio-brands have confirmed which current models will work on the new console.

The console will also let you play existing games via both the optical disc drive and digital download, not to mention Game Pass. That allows you to save a couple of hundred dollars right off the bat. Particularly if you were holding off for next-gen versions of Cyberpunk, Assassin's Creed, or Avengers.

With the Xbox Series X launch date set for November 10 2020, it surely won't be long before Microsoft is ready to offer up new details on upcoming Xbox Series X bundles. We've yet to have any, so they can't be far off.

When that information does drop, we'll be sure to update this page straight away. Keep your eyes locked to GamesRadar+ for any and all next-gen details as they happen!

If you want to check out what you'll be playing next-gen, head on over to our guide to the Xbox Series X games coming our way. Or if you want to keep things current-gen, we also have a list of upcoming Xbox One games. Wondering what the difference will be? We break down just how important ray tracing will be for Sony's PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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