The Xbox Series X is bigger, better and ballsier than its predecessors and possibly even the competition. With more power beneath the hood than a high-end gaming PC, the Xbox Series X is set to blow Sony’s PlayStation 5 out of the water — on paper at least. It has 12 teraflops of power compared to the PS5’s 10.28.
If its specs match real-world execution, its graphical performance will be roughly four times better than the Xbox One X, which was arguably the most powerful console of this generation. It will support 8K gaming at 120FPS and consign loading times to the dustbin of history.
Microsoft: As the maker of Xbox, Microsoft stocks every console and accessory available.
Microsoft's online store is the official place to buy all things Xbox. It will also stock select first-party games, virtual-reality peripherals and other accessories.
Microsoft started selling the console on November 10, 2020. Use the link included here to access its Xbox Series X page.
Best Buy: New stock releasing soon? Check here first.
As a retail titan when it comes to electronics, Best Buy is one of the stores most likely to get the next-gen console in stock first – and one of the quickest to sell out. But while you're waiting, check out their wide array of Xbox controllers, games, and other accessories.
Amazon: A wide selection of Xbox accessories and must-haves, but watch out for scalpers.
As an online marketplace selling an almost endless selection of products, Amazon is a go-to for Xbox Series X games and gaming accessories. It also provides access to international sellers, particularly from the US. Access its Xbox Series X page at the link provided.
Target: Snag next-gen systems and controllers at great, low prices.
Target is known for having some of the most competitive prices around when it comes to gaming. A good option if you prefer to physically pick up products in-store.
Years ago, Microsoft introduced All Access as a way for gamers to upgrade their consoles without paying the full cost up front. To keep us gamers happy, they’re doing it again for the upcoming Xbox Series X.
Instead of a one-time payment of $499, you can pay $34.99 per month for 24 months at participating retailers. Also included in the monthly fee is the Xbox Ultimate Game Pass, offering access to over 100 high-quality games.
The Xbox Series X will set you back $499 compared to the lower-cost Xbox Series S, which comes in at $299. For such a powerful console, it might be worth the cost for dedicated gamers.
Extra controllers start around $59.99 each, but Microsoft has promised that all Xbox One peripherals will work with the new console.
Xbox Series X games are tipped to be slightly more expensive — expect to pay around $10 more than full-priced current-gen titles.
Which version should you buy?
Microsoft released two new consoles at launch: The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. The Xbox Series S is a stripped-down version that uses less powerful components but still plays all the new Xbox games. It fulfills a similar role to this generation’s Xbox One S in relation to the Xbox One X.
If you want the most powerful games console money can buy, the Xbox Series X is the version to get. If you’re buying for kids or trying to save money, the Series S is potentially the better option for you.
Chris Jager is the senior reviews editor at Finder, specialising in consumer technology. With over 15 years of experience as a full-time journalist, Chris has provided expertise to many leading technology publications, including PC World, Australian Gamepro, Good Gear Guide, ARN, IT News, PC Authority, CRN, GameSpy, Gizmodo, Business Insider, MSN, Kotaku and Lifehacker Australia. Before joining Finder, Chris was the editor of Lifehacker Australia for five years. He has a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism from the University of Western Sydney. Outside of Finder, you'll find him playing with retro 80s computers while juggling three pre-teen daughters.
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