What Will Xbox Series X Cost? What We Know About The Pricing
Microsoft made huge news at The Game Awards by revealing its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X–which was known by its codename, Scarlett. Microsoft also shared a lot of technical specs and details, but one big question still hangs out there if you’re currently collecting and saving coins into your piggy bank: how much will it cost?
Microsoft hasn’t announced a price for Series X yet, it has talked quite a bit about how it’s addressing the price tag. In June, Microsoft’s Jason Ronald said the company is aware of what customers see as “reasonable” for the price, while emphasizing that it will be a high-end piece of hardware. Xbox head Phil Spencer repeated those views in November, suggesting that the company had received a hard lesson from being both more expensive and less powerful than the opposition.
“I would say learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price,” Spencer said. “If you remember the beginning of this generation we were a hundred dollars more expensive and, yes, we were less powerful. And we started Project Scarlett with this leadership team in place with a goal of having market success.”
Xbox Series X Specs Quick Look
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: AMD Navi-based GPU (~12 TFLOPs)
- RAM: GDDR6 SDRAM (capacity not confirmed)
- Storage: NVMe SSD (capacity not confirmed)
- Max Output Resolution: 8K
- Max Refresh Rate: 120Hz
One report with leaked specs in October declared the higher-end model would be $500, which provides that criteria. However, it’s unclear if Microsoft is trying a strategy of two models at release so that the report could be wrong. Spencer did state in Series X reveal that the name “gives us the freedom to do other things with that name so that we can create descriptors when we need to.” That means a strategy around various models, at least long-term.
One reason Microsoft hasn’t discussed more openly about price could be that the judgment is still in the air. Spencer said in June that the price could be affected by a lot of factors, which not surprisingly includes Trump’s trade war with China.
“The price will be important. Clearly, price is one of those things that people want to know,” he said. “As we’re observing how the cost of the components are coming in, and things like taxes and duties and other things, trying to decide what that cost is going to be next year. We have a price point in mind; I think we’re going to hit that. But we want to make sure everything comes in right. We’ll get the price out as soon as we can.”
Lastly, we don’t the final cost of the machine, but Microsoft is giving a roundabout way to start repaying in installments. The Xbox All Access program will come back for the holiday season, letting you really make monthly payments on a new Xbox One with the Game Pass Ultimate, which comes with both the subscription service and Xbox Live Gold.
The subscription model, which is like the cell phone payment plans, as you pay off your console over 24 months. If you go for the most expensive tier–which includes an Xbox One X–by the end of 2019, you can update to the Xbox Series X after 12 months. At that time, your 24-month payment plan will reset, and Microsoft hasn’t specified what those monthly installments will be. Understanding Microsoft wants to move its All Access customers easily over to the new console without increasing their monthly rate, the new games console would need to be priced at approximately the same point as Xbox One X–which is about $500.