Xbox Series X And Xbox Series S: Price, Release Date, Specs [Updated]

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The next generation of gaming consoles launches at the end of this year with the Xbox Series X and PS5. While Sony has yet to play their hand, Microsoft has now revealed almost everything you need to know about the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles including specifications, pricing, release date and launch titles.

This story has been updated since its original publication.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: Release Date & Price

The Xbox Series X will cost $749 in Australia, while the Xbox Series S will cost $499.

Both consoles will launch on November 10 locally, in line with the worldwide release.

Pre-orders for the two consoles will go live on September 22 with some Australian retailers like EB Games offering trade-in deals for those looking to upgrade. You can check out the pre-order landing hubs for EB Games and JB Hi-Fi now, although the pre-orders won’t open until later in September.

If you want to grab either console, you’ll need to get in quick. Reports from earlier in the year indicate next gen consoles may experience stock shortages due to production delays. Alternatively, the consoles are available through the Xbox All Access program.

Xbox Series X: Specs

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The higher-powered Xbox Series X offers some fantastic specs enabling 4K @ 60 FPS performance targets. Here’s everything you’ll find unde the hood:

  • CPU: 8-Core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.8 GHz | 3.5 GHz w/ SMT Enabled
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz
  • GPU Power: 12.15 TFLOPS
  • SoC: Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC
  • RAM: 16GB GDDR6 RAM | 10GB @ 560GB/s | 6GB @ 336GB/s
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD | 2.4GB/sec uncompressed | 4.8GB/sec compressed
  • Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card
  • Backwwards Compatibility: “1000s” of backwards compatible titles from Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox
  • Disc Drive: Yes, 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Display Out: HDMI 2.1

Xbox Series S: Specs

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The Xbox Series S is a budget version of the Series S, but still boasts some impressive hardware. While it won’t run physical games, these specs give plenty of other reasons to consider purchasing this console over the Series X:

  • CPU: 8-Core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6 GHz | 3.4 GHz w/ SMT Enabled
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs @ 1.565 GHz
  • GPU Power: 4 TFLOPS
  • SoC: Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC
  • RAM: 10GB GDDR6 RAM | 8GB @ 224GB/s | 2GB @ 56GB/s
  • Performance Target: 1440p @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD | 2.4GB/sec uncompressed | 4.8GB/sec compressed
  • Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card
  • Backwwards Compatibility: “1000s” of backwards compatible titles from Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox
  • Disc Drive: No, digital only
  • Display Out: HDMI 2.1

Xbox Series X’s ideal target performance is 4K / 60fps

This standard was revealed to Kotaku by the developers that shared the existence of the Xbox Series S earlier in the year. The information stated that the ideal target performance for the new main console (the version already revealed) would be 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, with the second, disc-less console aiming to run at 1440p resolution and 60 frames per second.

While that doesn’t mean every game will be able to hit those performance benchmarks, this is the target that Microsoft aims to hit.

Update 10/9: These specifications, which Kotaku revealed in February 2020, have now been confirmed by the full announcement of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

The Xbox controller is getting a refresh

When the Xbox Series X was announced, we got a sneak peak at the the Xbox’s next gen controller — and while it’s fundamentally similar to the Xbox One controller, there are some key differences. At a glance, there’s a brand new share button which allows better screenshot capture, and a more complex D-pad inspired by the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller.

Microsoft also detailed in the announcement that its shape has been refined to accomodate a wider range of people, although how exactly this has been implemented is unclear.

The new Xbox controller will also be compatible with the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs — and will come bundled with the next gen Xbox, as is standard.

Xbox Series X/S Confirmed Games

At the 2019 Game Awards, Hellblade 2, sequel to the excellent Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was revealed with a mysterious new trailer. The footage released was our first glimpse at the capabilities of the next gen Xbox, with all footage being captured in-game.

Other flagship games confirmed to be coming to the next gen Xbox include:

  • Halo Infinite
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Two mystery Ubisoft titles
  • Untitled Battlefield sequel
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Cyberpunk 2077

Update 8/5: A May 2020 episode of Inside Xbox gave a larger look at some of the titles coming to Xbox Series X.

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Update 10/9: Further launch titles have been revealed in the months since the initial Xbox Series X announcement including:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Gears Tactics
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • Scorn

But no exclusives at launch

In a recent interview with MCV, Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, indicated that the next gen Xbox would not have an exclusive titles that couldn’t be played on other devices, seemingly including the Xbox One in that statement:

As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices,” Booty explains. “We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.

This means that most or all games released for the next gen Xbox are likely also coming to the Xbox One and PC, at least over the next one or two years.

Update 10/9: This approach was confirmed by Xbox CEO Phil Spencer, who stated the reason for this lack of exclusivity was a focus on inclusion and accessibility for all Xbox users.

Both new consoles will have backwards compatibility and Xbox Game Pass

Alongside these new releases, the Xbox Series X and Series S will still support Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games via backwards compatibility, as confirmed in the initial launch announcement. Xbox made a point to confirm that all four generations of Xbox would be playable on the next gen console.

In the same announcement, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox Game Pass service would be available on its next gen console at launch.

The Xbox Series X and Series S will support a subscription model

Subscriptions are the future of gaming. Already, mainstream services like Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation Plus and Nintendo Online are becoming essential tools for the average gamer – and even consoles are joining the subscription fray, with Telstra offering bundled console subscriptions via Xbox All Access in Australia.

Xbox All Access offers a range of options, including bundles that include an Xbox One X, Game Pass Ultimate and digital game download for $38 a month when signed up to a Telstra phone contract. There’s also a cheaper, $27 per month tier which includes an Xbox One S. Both plans run for 24 months.

On the official Xbox All Access page, Microsoft confirmed that anyone signed up to Xbox All Access that had made at least 12 payments on their original Xbox All Access contract could upgrade to a contract that included the next gen Xbox.

The Xbox Series X will cost $46 a month via Telstra’s Xbox All Access service. The Xbox Series S will cost $33 per month. Both include access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and are impressively affordable options for those unable to make a one-off payment.


As we approach the release of the next gen Xbox, we’re likely to see more solid information pop up about the console, including exact technical specifications and pricing – and we’ll keep this post updated as we learn more.

Comments

  • I’m glad you can lay it on it’s side without any problems, it would a shame if the bottle of wine inside started leaking.

    Seriously though, while it can lay down it honestly doesn’t look it should be, it’s basic design just looks better standing.

    • I wouldn’t be able to fit it in my entertainment unit even if it were lying down. It looks at least as wide as the controller. It does look better standing.

  • If the Xbox doesnt have any top tier exclusives next gen I dont think I will get one, I bought an Xbox One X and the only thing I ever played on it was RDR 2 because every exclusive they have has either been micro transactioned to hell or I can just play it on my PC anyway.

    The PS4 I would always find a reason to hook up again because Sony organised quite a few premium feeling games that didn’t feel incomplete or like they were made solely to sell micro transactions.

    • Forza, Flight Sim 2020, and however they decide to leverage Minecraft ownership will likely get me over the line. It’s looking like a powerful beast of a console.

  • If you don’t feel like buying a next gen Xbox PiratePete then don’t but as I said Microsoft is in last place and is going to get a real spanking from Sony it’s time for Phil Spencer to retire. Microsoft is seriously struggling with their hardware sales so what’s the freaking point if you’re not to keep up Microsoft?!

    • Um … wot? Vanilla Xbox One certainly stumbled out of the gate, but Xbox One S and X certainly didn’t have a sales issue. Phil Spencer turned Xbox around so much (within a generation!) so that Microsoft are (finally) going into the next generation on the offence.

      – Xbox Series X more powerful console than the PS5
      – Game Pass superior offering than PS Now
      – xCloud (reportedly) more stable than Stadia

      Phil Spencer is a goddamn commercial hero. I’m not sure what playbook you’re reading from … but Satya Nadella has turned Microsoft into a services company, and Xbox has towed the company line – it’s now a service, not just a product (console). Just because the Series X (the product) doesn’t have exclusives at launch, doesn’t mean Xbox (the service) won’t.

      • You’re replying to a post likely created by some text generation algorithm rather than a human. They usually don’t make as much sense as this one did.

      • I agree, Phil Spencer has really improved the XBox brand. The only problem they really have is that if you have a PC the Xbox is pretty pointless as you can play things like Forza and Gears on PC now.

        This is a good thing for gamers but it makes the console a little pointless for certain people.

        • MS has pivoted and is now looking to compete in the PC space. It will be the MS version of Valve’s now defunct Steam Box. In terms of specs, it will be a modestly powerful PC, and I’d be surprised if MS didn’t try to leverage it as such. What MS will have to be careful of though, is that Xbox fanboys don’t see it as a betrayal of the console vs PC attitude. After all, they will be the main market. Any potential PC buyers will have to be convinced on value alone. As a budget PC option, it will be fascinating to see how MS fares with this.

        • Honestly if they have a lot of overlap with PC (and make it easier for PC ports, given the Xbox supports KB+M for some titles), I’m all in. This will still probably launch for a price less than a high end GPU (which is what you’ll need to match some of these targets – those ‘budget box console beaters’ won’t cut it), so there’s probably no reason for me to keep a high end PC that I mostly keep around for older titles. The value proposition, for the first time in my life, has actually changed.

          Or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and have less time to play, IDK.

          • On of the things i really want in this Xbox is the ability to play windows based games with mouse and keyboard. I don’t have a gaming PC anymore, and havent for pretty much the last 5 years. I’m not going to invest in a gaming PC because I don’t have the space, but if I could play PC games on the series X with a mouse and keyboard, it would be a system selling ability for me. At the moment they haven’t shown me enough to warrant an immediate upgrade form my One X.

      • – Xbox Series X more powerful console than the PS5

        Massive assumption considering no formal specs have been announced for either Series X or PS5…

        Only thing we are expecting based on some tease reveals is that the PS5 SSD tech appears to be far superior to current nvme tech, likely being used by Series X.

  • The Nintendo Switch certainly assumes a prominent position in most people’s entertainment area (should they have one) and I guess that is partly the inspiration for this design. Something that can’t be tucked away in an entertainment unit’s shelf but must be a focal piece.

    Looks like a fancy desk fan however.

  • I’m more interested in the exclusive software side of things, since that’s where they’ve really fallen behind Sony this generation. The old flagships like Halo and Gears don’t really generate the excitement that they used to. The only real shining light this generation has been Forza Horizon. Acquiring the likes of Ninja Theory and Obsidian suggests that they’re at least aware of the problem and are trying to address it.

    • It’s a good start, I just hope they really invest the time and resources in to the studios to make quality games.
      I want to believe they are aiming for the kinda of exclusives that Sony has been doing and not the kinds of games that Epic, Blizzard and other have been doing.

      • If you look at the track record of Obsidian and Ninja Theory, they don’t really seem to make those types of games that Epic and Blizzard have been doing recently.

        My concern is that their policy of putting all their first party games on Game Pass from launch removes some of the incentive to really put in the extra time and money to polish them. If your game is getting a significant chunk of its revenue from Game Pass subscriptions then why would you delay an extra 3-6 months (with all of the extra expense that goes with it) when there’s not really much extra money in it for you since that subscription revenue is locked in anyway?

        • It’s not their track record that I’m worried about.
          I hope MS gives them enough support and freedom to do what they’re good at.

  • Lol “8K” and “up to 120fps”, keep dreaming. Maybe for Tetris or PacMan ports.

    Half the games on current consoles barely run at 30fps at 1080p.

    • A 12 tflop console @ 1080p should do 120fps just fine. I don’t think anyone seriously thinks (inc. Microsoft) that we will have 8k+120fps without some form of upscaling.

  • I’m still using the Xbox One.
    Still have my pre smart TV, the last of the LG plasmas.
    My surround sound/DVD player is older than the TV.
    I’m not watching any 4k videos, don’t even have the rear speakers hooked up to the surround sound. Pretty sure the sub only works intermittently. Scares the cats when it comes on.

    So pretty keen for the new Xbox. It’s time for a freshen up.

    • In an amazing piece of journalism, they covered the price with:

      An Australian price hasn’t been announced yet

      without removing the clickbait from the headline.

  • Definitely getting the series X day one. Looks amazing and Microsoft really has a new player first focus. It also looks like the best place to play 3rd games as well. With the addiction of the 9 exclusive studios the future looks bright.

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