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The Xbox Series X, Microsoft's next generation video game console, will launch on November 10 for $499. Preorders began on September 22 at 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT.
The Xbox Series X will replace the Xbox One X as Microsoft's flagship console and will be backwards compatible with all Xbox One games and controllers on release. Older games will see significant graphical improvements on the Xbox Series X, including support for 120 frames per second playback. Microsoft says the Xbox Series X will be capable of playing thousands of games from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 at launch.
So far, Xbox fans can look forward to a new "Fable" game, "Assassin's Creed Valhalla," and more than a dozen other games coming to the Xbox Series X and Xbox One in November. "Halo Infinite" was originally intended to launch alongside the new console but the game has now been delayed to 2021.
—Xbox (@Xbox) September 17, 2020
On September 21, just one day before Xbox preorders are scheduled to go live, Microsoft announced that it is also acquiring Bethesda, the publisher behind hit games like "Doom," "The Elder Scrolls," and "Fallout." The deal is reportedly worth $7.5 billion but could take several months to complete. Once approved, Bethesda's hit franchises could become exclusive to the Xbox and Windows computers.
Below, we've broken down everything we know so far about how to buy the Xbox Series X. We'll update this article with more preorder links and purchase options as they are posted.
Updated on 9/22/2020 by Kevin Webb: Added additional preorder links for the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will cost $499 when it's released on November 10. Preorders launched on September 22 at 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT at various retailers, including Microsoft, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, GameStop, Walmart, and Newegg.
In addition to regular purchase options from various retailers, Microsoft will also offer a monthly purchase option for the console as part of its Xbox All Access program. The plan costs $34.99 a month for 24 months, and includes the system and a 24 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You can find more details here.
Microsoft is launching another new Xbox console that will be slightly weaker than the Series X with a lower price tag, too. The system, called the Xbox Series S, will cost $299 and is also set for release on November 10.
Microsoft says the Xbox Series X is about twice as strong as the Xbox One X and more than eight times as powerful as the original Xbox One released in 2013. The Series X will also boast significantly faster load times thanks to a new solid-state hard drive. The SSD will allow for new features like Quick Resume, which lets you save multiple games in a suspended state similar to rest mode.
Another new feature is "Smart Delivery" — a process that lets Xbox owners swap between the Series X and Xbox One versions of games, like "Halo Infinite" and "Gears 5," to get the best possible quality on both consoles with no extra cost.
Because of smart delivery, Microsoft says there won't be any games that are truly exclusive to the Xbox Series X for a year or longer. Every new Xbox release in 2020 will still be available on Xbox One, but the Series X versions will have improved visuals thanks to Smart Delivery.
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