Following Sony’s sudden launch of PS5 pre-orders that left keen customers scrambling, Microsoft has taken a more measured approach, announcing that pre-order for its latest and greatest the Xbox Series X (as well its more affordable Xbox Series S) will begin on 8am worldwide, on Tuesday 22 September.
Similar to the PS5, the Xbox Series X also has a November release date, on 10 November 2020.
Here we’re diving into all your questions around pricing, retailers offering the console, and availability. If you want to read up on what the new Xbox consoles will bring to the table, see our deep-dive here.
How much does the Xbox Series X cost?
The Series X, which Microsoft touts as its “fastest” and “most powerful”, costs £449/$499. This is the same price as the current Xbox One X.
You can also pre-order it on a pay monthly basis via the Xbox All Access program, which bundles both the console with a 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £28.99 per month with no upfront cost. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs £10.99 per month separately.
The more affordable Xbox Series S, which is 60% smaller than the Series X costs £249/US$299. Here’s where to pre-order the Xbox Series S.
Related: All Xbox Series X/S launch games. listed
Where to pre-order the Xbox Series X?
The Xbox Series X pre-orders will be available directly from Microsoft, as well as the number of other retailers (listed below).
Customers can also pre-order the Xbox Series X via the Xbox All Access subscription service, which is available from Game and Smyths Toys.
Pre-orders begin at 8AM BST in the UK on 22 September from the following retailers (we’ve noted retailers that are hosting dedicated Register Your Interest pages):
Pre-orders begin at 8AM PT from Microsoft and the following retailers:
Where will the Xbox Series X be available?
Microsoft has confirmed that the Series X console will be available in 37 countries on 10 November, including the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand.
Pre-orders across the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa also begin at 9AM CEST.
Also see: Where to pre-order the PlayStation 5 and Oculus Quest 2