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After a very messy pre-order period for the PS5, we’re expecting a more orderly (but still quite frantic) launch of Xbox Series X pre orders, which go live alongside Xbox Series S pre orders. Here’s what you need to know:
– Pre-orders will go live in the UK from 8am on Tuesday, September 22nd
– Some retailers will enable them straight away, others may implement a queue system, while some will keep their own schedule and launch later in the day
– Retailers who will go live with pre-orders include GAME, Currys, Argos, Amazon, AO, Smyths Toys, Very and several others
– Both the Xbox Series S and X will launch together, as was the case with the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition
– We expect stock to be quite limited, though probably not quite to the same degree as the PS5, which has been confirmed as struggling for production numbers
– Looking for an Xbox Series X bundle? Based on past experience, we don’t expect that we’ll see any console with a game bundles in the initial wave of pre-orders. However, we may see some bundles that combine consoles with accessories, such as new Xbox controllers. That said, we recommend not hanging around too long if your preferred bundle isn’t available – focus on the console first and foremost
Here’s a selection of top retailers and what we think they’re likely to do on Tuesday morning:
We expect GAME to have the largest selection of ready-to-go Xbox Series X bundles when they launch their pre-orders, which is likely to be pretty much on the dot of the 8am launch time. If their PS5 stock consignment was anything to go by, expect them to have perhaps the most robust Series X stock.
While we don’t expect demand to be quite so high for the Xbox Series X as it was the PS5 (nor supply so limited), we would not be surprised to see Currys do what they did for the PS5 launch last week and instigate a queue system before allowing people in to the site for pre-orders. Our top tip is to have patience – refreshing the page is likely to cause issues or make you lose your spot in the queue. Don’t be dismayed if met with a long expected queue time when you first join, either – many will see the queue time and likely drop out beforehand, helping move you up the queue. We expect Currys will launch around 8am.
Another early starter, Amazon will go on the firing pistol at 8am most likely. However, they may stagger the Series X and Series S somewhat, as they did with the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. If that does happen, keep an eye on this page and our social channels, where we’ll report on the information as we get. Like GAME, Amazon are likely to be one of the few retailers who offer pre-order bundles as well as the console by itself, so don’t miss out if you’re intent on picking up a bundle.
AO haven’t been hugely active in the gaming sector recently, but they have a very solid website (s likely not to struggle under the strain of the traffic), are likely to be receiving a solid amount of Series X stock and have a superb reputation among customers. They could be a fantastic place to try and pick up a Series X, particularly if the likes of GAME and Amazon run low on stock quickly.
Finally, we have Argos. Though the retailers have had plenty of time to prepare for the Xbox Series X launch, we have a sneaking suspicion that Argos may delay the launch of their deals; they were just about the last major UK retailer to launch on the PS5, and their site is typically very robust, so they’ll feel confident about surviving a bombardment of traffic if they are the last to launch. They, like Currys and most others, are likely to launch with just the consoles by themselves, rather than bundles.
Now the release date and pricing has been announced around the Xbox Series X, pre-orders for Microsoft’s new console are set to go live this September 22nd, across a range of UK retailers like GAME, Smyths Toy Store, Argos and more. With the on-going global health situation, however, it’s difficult to predict just how many units might make it out into the wild at launch, so you’ll want to pre-order as early as possible if you’re determined to avoid going home empty handed.
Having already claimed the mantel of the most powerful home gaming console ever with the Xbox One X, Microsoft are now aiming to retain that title with their next generation console, the Xbox Series X. It is scheduled to arrive worldwide in November 2020, offering everyone the chance to experience the latest games at 4K quality at a smooth 60 frames per second. Graphics, load times, frame rate and more are much improved for the next generation of console gaming.
Helping it stand apart aesthetically from all prior Xbox consoles is its vertical height, which sees it resemble more of a PC than a traditional home console setup. The Xbox Series X is actually three times as tall as an official Xbox One Controller, but Microsoft has since confirmed that it can also be titled to the side – your current home media centre is safe. The Xbox Series X will welcome in another decade of great games, seeing the return of tentpole franchises like Halo and Gears in addition to all-new ones we know are already in the works.
After months of waiting, we now know that the Xbox Series X will be hitting shelves on November 10th, 2020, just in time for Black Friday and the big rush to pick up presents in time for Christmas. Though two months away, we expect to see pre-orders beginning shortly across all the UK’s major online retailers, who are all present and compared right here on Console Deals.
In announcing their release date, Microsoft have stolen a march on Sony and their PS5 console, which remains without either a release date or price. Microsoft will be hoping that in doing so, they won’t give Sony the opportunity to get out in front of them in terms of release date or price – though, with just two months to go and Microsoft surprising analysts with relatively consumer friendly pricing, it’s hard to see that happening!
The Xbox Series X has been confirmed as retailing with an RRP of £449.99. This is about in-line with the traditional launch price for a console, and given the high-end components included in the console, including an SSD and significant amounts of GPU, it’s a solid price. What makes a pleasant change is the price is kinder to the UK than is usual on console pricing. In the past, consoles have launched with the same price tag in Euros and US Dollars as in pound sterling, so it’s actually beneficial to pick the console up at its UK price. For that price, you’ll also recieve the revamped wireless controller design, and don’t be surprised if there’s a few extra goodies such as Xbox Game Pass trial memberships included too.
Sony have already announced that they’ll be releasing two PS5 models when the console launches later this year – a regular version with a disc drive, and a digital version that will rely on digital downloads. Now, we’ve got confirmation that alongside the Xbox Series X, we’re getting an Xbox Series S console. Smaller in form factor, with an SSD half the size of the Series X and further limitations to the resolution it’s able to output, the Series S is a next-gen console without the next-gen price.
The Xbox Series X effectively doubles the power capabilities of the Xbox One X, featuring a staggering 12 teraflops of power compared to its predecessor’s 6. Combine this with a Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 that should make load times almost a thing of the past, and you have a home console capable of running the latest games at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. What’s more, Xbox Series X can actually reach levels of 8K and 120fps for certain games, providing they’re developed with this in mind.
A new home console means a new gamepad to go along with it, and the Xbox Series X controller does an excellent job at blending the old and new. It’s essentially the same design as the official Xbox One wireless controller, only this time there’s a dedicated share button added in the centre, a hybrid D-pad that allows for more flexible play and the overall size has been slightly reduced; Microsoft states it will now fit 98% of hands.
Console launches of the past have been notorious for the lack of quality games to go with the latest cutting edge hardware. However, the Xbox Series X promises a blockbuster right out of the gate. Backwards compatibility will mean your Xbox One library will continue to work, while initiatives such as Project xCloud and Game Pass will continue, giving you access to a huge range of games. Meanwhile, Microsoft have confirmed the Xbox Series X will offer Smart Delivery, automatically upgrading games to play as best they can on the console. For example, an Xbox One copy of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 will automatically be upgraded to the Xbox Series X version if you move from a One to a Series X console. And then there’s the launch titles, which will include the latest instalment of the Halo saga, Halo Infinite, among other huge titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Madden NFL 21, FIFA 21 and many more.
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|Graphics (GPU)||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Memory (RAM)||16 GB GDDR6|
|Internal Storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Maximum Resolution||8K (7680 pixels wide x 4320 pixels high)|
|Performance Target||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Release Date||November 10th, 2020|
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