We also know Xbox preorders in the UK will be popping up at 8 am, which is midnight Pacific Time in the US. Initially we thought this could point to a midnight preorder launch in the US, but we now know that’s not the case, thankfully.
Knowing the time and date makes things much easier to plan for, unlike the surprise PS5 preorder drops we experienced. The downside is we could see even more server problems at major retailers, but hopefully they all learned from the PS5 situation.
Everything You Need to Know About Xbox Series X Preorders at a Glance
- Xbox Series X and Series S Release Date: November 10, 2020
- Xbox Series X Price: $499/ £449
- Xbox Series S Price: $299/ £249
- Xbox Series X and Series X Preorder Date: September 22, 2020
Xbox Series X Preorder Placeholder Pages
Here are the sites with live placeholder pages for Xbox Series X. NOTE: you can’t preorder Xbox Series X until September 22, but these are the retailer pages where orders will be live. There’s also a very real chance these could change, but don’t worry! We’ll update them with the most recent links as soon as they become available.
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Which Retailers Will Have Xbox Preorders?
According my Microsoft, the following retailers will have Xbox Series X and Series S preorders beginning at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT:
- Microsoft Store
- Best Buy
- Sam’s Club
- “other participating retailers”
UK Placeholder Pages
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Xbox Series X Preorder Information Pages
We’ve known for a while now the Xbox Series X is coming November 2020, but the exact preorder date, price, and release date were closely held secrets for what seemed an eternity. Xbox Series X and Series S preorders go live September 22, with a $499 price tag and a November 10 release date.
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The info pages on major retailers have changed to reflect the new information, and some of the sites have removed the option to sign up for information:
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Xbox Series S Preorder Information Pages
Retailers have, for the most part, adapted their earlier Xbox Series X pages to include information on preorders for Xbox Series S as well. They’ve also started updating the pages to reflect the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X November 10 release dates.
Xbox Series X Specs
Microsoft released the official Xbox Series X technical specs on February 24, promising 12 teraflops of graphical processing power and backwards compatibility all the way back to the original Xbox console.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Xbox Series X technical specifications:
- Custom-designed AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 processor
- A “patented form” of variable rate shading (VRS)
- DirectX raytracing (hardware accelerated)
- SSD storage
- HDMI 2.1
- 120fps support
The console’s Velocity Architecture, Microsoft Says, should mean we’ll see smaller game file sizes, less and faster loading, along with other immediate benefits. Microsoft also showed off the Xbox Series X UI, saying its new interface reduces load times to the home screen on start-up and when returning to it from a game.
Xbox Series X Release Date
The Xbox Series X release date is officially November 10, 2020. It took a long time to get here, but we finally made it.
Are Next Gen Games Going to Be $70?
Pricing on next-gen games is a little complicated. Many Xbox Series X-compatible games launching this fall, including Ubisoft’s fall lineup, will cost $60. Others, like NBA 2K21, will cost $70. But… probably not? Take-Two went back on its initial price point declaration for Xbox Series X and PS5 games, so only time will tell. However, first-party Sony PS5 games are listed at $69.99 on many retailer sites, so it’s entirely possible.
Checking retailer pages for Xbox Series X games, you see the $70 price tag all over the place. Ultimately consumer demand will dictate prices, but for now, the $60 game looks like it’s sticking around, but won’t be much longer.
Xbox Series X Games
Thanks to Microsoft’s years-long push for backwards compatibility, Xbox Series X will launch with “thousands of games.” Some of the big launch-window titles that have been announced include Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Check out our Xbox Series X game list wiki for an up-to-date list of all the confirmed and rumored Series X titles.