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Next month sees the release of two brand-new Xbox consoles, and retailers are already sold out of preorders for both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The Series X and Series S release November 10 for $500 and $300, respectively, and as of now, it’s proving to be quite challenging to secure either.
Where to preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S
Xbox Series X and Series S preorders were sold out at all major retailers as of our last update. Xbox preorder listings went live at Target, Walmart, Microsoft, GameStop, and other stores on September 22 but sold out as fast as they appeared. You can check the main store listings below in case of availability. In a recent tweet, Xbox urged its followers to sign up with retailers for stock updates and said more consoles will be available on release day.
Preorder Xbox Series X:
Preorder Xbox Series S:
Xbox Series X/S bundles
Preorder Xbox Wireless Controllers
The new Xbox Wireless Controllers releasing alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S are available in Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. They feature a more ergonomic design; textured grips on the bumpers, triggers, and back case; and an Elite controller-inspired hybrid D-pad for improved precision. The updated controllers also have a new integrated Share button for capturing and recording gameplay moments.
The Carbon Black Xbox Wireless Controller is available to preorder for $60.
The Robot White Xbox Wireless Controller is available to preorder for $60.
The Shock Blue Xbox Wireless Controller is available to preorder for $65.
This Play & Charge kit comes with a rechargeable battery and USB-C cable so you can charge your Xbox Series X controller while you play or in between sessions.
Accessories brand PowerA has created officially licensed charging stands for the Xbox Series X and S to charge and display one wireless controller. They’re up for preorder now (releasing November 10) for $20 each. If you plan to pick up an extra controller along with your console, dual charging stations are also available for $30 to charge two controllers at once.
Buying extra storage for the Xbox Series X or S is not going to be cheap. Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card is a custom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe SSD and sells for $220. The extra storage doubles the 1TB storage space of the Xbox Series X and triples that of the 512GB Series S.
Preorder games for Xbox Series X and Series S
Microsoft is pushing its Xbox Game Pass subscription for next-gen, which grants access to a massive, rotating library of games for a monthly fee, including the ability to play first-party games like Halo Infinite on day one. You can still preorder some of the biggest games coming to Xbox Series X and Series S now.
Coming soon: Xbox All Access
As an alternative to paying upfront, you’ll be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s Xbox All Access program, which lets you pay for your Xbox Series X or Series S console over 24 months. If you opt for the Xbox Series X, you’ll pay $35 per month, while the Xbox Series S will cost you $25 per month.
Opting for Xbox All Access will actually save you money in the longterm, as the payment plan includes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which comes with Game Pass for both PC and console, xCloud game streaming, Xbox Live Gold, and an EA Play subscription. The Xbox Series X payment plan will cost you $840 total, a $19 savings when you consider the console is $499 and Game Pass Ultimate over two years is $360. You’ll save even more with the Xbox Series S payment plan, which will cost you $600 total and save you $59 on the price of the console and Game Pass Ultimate over two years.
We expected Xbox All Access to become available alongside general console preorders, but it was not available for signups the day preorders opened. Listings at stores like Best Buy and Walmart still say “coming soon.” We’ll update this story when Xbox All Access officially becomes available. In the meantime, see our guide to what you need to know about Xbox All Access for more info.
Xbox Series X Hands-On Preview – Less Waiting, More Gaming
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OUT OF STOCK:
Xbox Series X and Series S console preorders sold out within one day at all major retailers. Xbox implied retailers will have more stock soon but didn’t offer any concrete details. We do know more consoles will be available on release day (November 10), but the quantity is sure to be limited.
The new flagship Xbox console, the Xbox Series X, costs around $500. Shaped like a PC tower, the Xbox Series X features ray-tracing, a quick resume function, and a “smart delivery” feature that allows free next-gen upgrades for owners of Xbox One games. The Xbox Series X has a disc drive for playing physical games and is capable of gameplay up to 4K and 120 FPS, though it’s currently unclear how many games will actually be able to hit both of those numbers reliably.
For $200 less, you can get the Xbox Series S, which does not include a disc drive and therefore cannot play physical media. The Series S is also less powerful, but it’s still capable of 1440p at up to 120 FPS as well as 4K upscaling. It also comes with a 512GB SSD compared to 1TB for the Series X, though Microsoft recently said that file sizes for Series S versions of games will be 30% smaller than their Series X counterparts.
All-in-all, it’s a budget console for those interested in next-gen, and the specs reflect that when compared alongside the Series X, but it’s a great value for the price and even more worth it for those who primarily play games digitally. See our full breakdown of the Xbox Series S vs. the Xbox Series X for more details.
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