The Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order launch is mere days away, with the two consoles releasing later this year on November 10. At $499 and $299 respectively, the consoles are competitively costed, and with programs like Xbox All Access, you can pick one up for very little money. You need to get your hands on a pre-order first, though. In this guide, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about how to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S.
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Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders begin today, Tuesday, September 22, at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET in the U.S. The time isn’t the same around the world, however, with pre-orders launching at 8 a.m. BST in the U.K. Pre-orders should, hopefully, go live simultaneously across online and in-store retailers, unlike the botched and confusing PS5 pre-order launch. If you want to stay up to date with when pre-orders go live, it’s a good idea to follow the official Xbox Twitter account. So far, Microsoft has been clear about when and where pre-orders are happening on this account.
Pre-order ???? September 22
Worldwide launch in 36 countries ???? November 10
Hype ???? 9000+
(don’t worry – we’ll let you know the exact time pre-orders start for you soon) pic.twitter.com/SLUrrtszyN
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 17, 2020
Pre-orders aren’t live for the
Note that the actual listing page may be different than the link above depending on the retailer you prefer. We’ll update this article with links to each listing as they go live, but it’s best to sign up for email notifications regardless. Once pre-orders go live, be sure to have your money ready. Some retailers, such as Target, place a hold on your card for the purchase price until the system ships, while retailers like GameStop allow you to pre-order with only $50-$100 down.
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User crumpdale on Reddit posted an email from Microsoft stating that “consoles are limited,” which Best Buy Canada echoed in a blog post. The post reads, “Pre-orders will be limited, and we are expecting them to sell out very quickly.” Even without those warnings, it’s safe to assume that pre-order units will sell out moments after launching. If you can’t get your hands on a pre-order, it’s worth checking with retailers in your area after the console launches on November 10. Some retailers only set aside part of their available units for pre-order so that they can have stock on launch day.
Rather than buy the console outright, you can finance an
Doing the math, the Series X All Access bundle will total $839.76 after two years, which isn’t a bad deal. It’s important to remember that the bundle includes 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate, which would cost $359.76 if you paid the $14.99 subscription fee monthly. Adding the
The savings are even greater with the Xbox Series S. After 24 months, you’ll have paid in $599.76, compared to $659.75 if you purchased a Series S and 24 months of Game Pass separately. Of course, all of this really only matters if you want Game Pass, which accounts for a significant portion of the total price (more than half on with the Series S, even). It’s important to note, however, that the 24-month Game Pass subscription comes as a code, so you can sell it through gray market outlets or top off your existing Game Pass subscription.
Xbox All Access will be available online and in-store at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, and GameStop on September 22. Currently, only Best Buy, Walmart, and Target have pages available, which you can find below.
- Best Buy
We’ve done a full breakdown of Xbox Series X vs. Series S, so we recommend glancing through that comparison if you want a deep dive into how the systems compare. If you’re eager to put down money on a new Xbox, don’t worry. Here’s a quick overview of how the two systems compare.
Xbox Series X
Microsoft’s flagship next-gen console, the
Xbox Series S
Although the Xbox Series S is based on the tech found inside the Series X, it isn’t as powerful of a console. It has about 4 TFLOPs of power with reduced memory, less storage, and a slightly lower clock speed on the CPU. It still comes with Microsoft’s custom NVMe SSD, but with half the capacity (512GB to the Series X’s 1TB). Additionally, the Series S lacks a disc drive and targets 1440p instead of
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