The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s most powerful next-generation console and will be released on November 10 2020 for $499 / £449 / AU$749. Xbox Series X pre-orders are live now, as are those for the cheaper and less powerful Xbox Series S, though stock of the flagship console has been much harder to find.
After months of speculation, leaks and announcements, we now know pretty much everything about the Xbox Series X there is to know. We’ve known about the next-gen Xbox’s tower-like design ever since its first reveal, and which Xbox Series X games we’ll be playing when the console launches in November – even though Halo Infinite, an intended launch title, has been delayed until 2021. We also understand how backwards compatibility works on Xbox Series X, including how cross-gen game ownership will function under the new Smart Delivery feature.
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Despite Halo being pushed back for the foreseeable, the Xbox Series X will still have a strong launch line up thanks to Xbox Game Pass and backwards compatibility. Xbox Game Pass has already amassed over 15 million subscribers and continues to grow. The service has proved popular with gamers as it lets you access hundreds of games as part of a monthly subscription. Subscribing to the service means you’ll have a lot to play on the day the console launches, then.
While that’ll mostly be existing games to begin with, Microsoft is also integrating EA Play into its Game Pass offering on November 10, as well as titles from its recent acquisition of Bethesda (Doom Eternal just hit the service). Every title published by Xbox Game Studios also arrives on Xbox Game Pass on the day of release, too, so you’ll never miss out on one of Microsoft’s big exclusives like Gears Tactics or Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It’s easy to conclude that getting players subscribed to Xbox Game Pass is just as important to Microsoft as selling hardware.
The Xbox Series X price, as mentioned, is $499 / £449 / AU$749. Microsoft has also confirmed that its flagship console will launch alongside the cheaper, but less powerful, Xbox Series S, which will cost $299 / £249 / AU$499. So, is it worth buying an Xbox Series X now based on what we know? It really depends on what you want from a console.
In terms of its design, the Xbox Series X is a big departure from previous Xbox consoles, making it look more like a small gaming PC – which is fitting considering it’s on par with one. Thanks to Microsoft giving us the Xbox Series X’s full specs, we can say for sure that the new Xbox is an absolute powerhouse. While we cover these in more detail down below, the short of it is that the new Xbox is rocking an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor running at 3.8GHz and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 12 TFLOPs of processing power, as well as 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
When it comes to other Xbox Series X features, the next-gen console will have ray-tracing, a super-fast SSD, and potential 8K capabilities, while also being backwards compatible with four generations of Xbox games.
Want all the juicy details as you make your pre-order decision? Here’s everything we know about the Xbox Series X.