Promotional image of video game console.
Enlarge / The Sequence S is almost 60-percent smaller than the Sequence X, Microsoft says.


Sony made its PlayStation 5 out there to preorder final week. It didn’t precisely go easily.

On Tuesday, it’s Microsoft’s flip. After nearly a 12 months of buildup, the tech big is able to make its new Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S consoles out there to the general public—however in contrast to with the PS5, these preorders are set to go stay at a selected, predetermined time. That means, as of this text’s publication, you continue to have time.

As a service for these within the new machines, and to assist them beat the inevitable procuring rush, we’ve compiled all of the Xbox Sequence X and S preorder listings we might discover in a single place, similar to we did with the PS5 final week.

Since Microsoft’s next-gen plan is rather less simple than Sony’s, we have additionally damaged down the variations between the 2 consoles, what launch video games and equipment to anticipate, what’s up with Xbox Sport Cross and Xbox All Entry, and different tidbits to assist assist your resolution. If you happen to ought to get a brand new console in any respect continues to be one other query, however whether or not you are on the fence or already swayed by Microsoft’s pitch, be happy to bookmark this web page and use it as a procuring useful resource.

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How a lot do the brand new Xbox consoles value?

The Xbox Sequence X prices $499. The Xbox Sequence S prices $299. Each gadgets will hit retailer cabinets on November 10.

The place to preorder the Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S

In distinction to Sony’s chaotic PS5 rollout, Microsoft has confirmed the precise date and time its new Xbox consoles will probably be out there to preorder: Tuesday, September 22, at 8am PT/11am ET.

We are able to’t promise that each retailer will adhere to Microsoft’s steering precisely, however at the moment the Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S ought to be out there to preorder on the following on-line shops:

We’ll replace this checklist as extra listings go stay.

As we noticed with the PlayStation 5’s launch, new sport consoles are typically extraordinarily in demand, and we don’t know precisely what number of consoles will probably be out there, so we will’t say how lengthy the brand new Xboxes will probably be in inventory as soon as they develop into out there. If you happen to’re actually desirous to seize a brand new system, it’s in all probability finest to be signed in and able to refresh these hyperlinks above as soon as preorders open up.

The place to preorder Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S equipment

Microsoft's new Xbox Wireless Controller for the Xbox Series X and Series S.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s new Xbox Wi-fi Controller for the Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S.


If you happen to’ve invested in controllers, headsets, or different equipment for the Xbox One, excellent news: Microsoft says any formally licensed Xbox One accent that connects to the console wired or wirelessly through USB will work with the Sequence X or Sequence S. Headsets that join over a 3.5mm port will nonetheless work advantageous as properly. The one points might come up with headsets that join over an optical cable, since neither Xbox Sequence console has an optical audio port.

Microsoft has introduced a few first-party equipment that may launch alongside the brand new consoles, although. One is a brand new Xbox Wi-fi Controller. It’s extremely just like the Xbox One’s gamepad however with a extra round d-pad, textured triggers and bumpers, a brand new “Share” button akin to what Sony has provided on its PlayStation 4 controller, an included nine-foot USB-C cable for enjoying wired, and Bluetooth for enjoying wirelessly. It will be out there in black, white, or a brand new blue-and-white end for $60. If you happen to want a spare, this is the place it is at the moment listed:

The brand new pad nonetheless makes use of AA batteries, although. If that irks you, Microsoft is promoting a $25 “Rechargeable Battery,” which comes with a USB-C cable. That is out there right here:

What’s Xbox All Entry?

Xbox All Access is worth considering if you want a new Xbox but don't want to pay full price upfront—provided it's available in your country.
Enlarge / Xbox All Entry is price contemplating in order for you a brand new Xbox however do not need to pay full worth upfront—offered it is out there in your nation.

Xbox All Entry is a two-year subscription plan that allows you to pay for a brand new Xbox console and Microsoft’s Sport Cross Final service in month-to-month installments. Consider it just like the plans cellphone carriers supply for smartphones and cell service: as an alternative of fronting a excessive value upfront, you possibly can unfold the cost out over time.

We not too long ago did the maths on Xbox All Entry and located it to be deal—so long as you already plan to pay for twenty-four months of Sport Cross Final. (Scroll down for extra on that.) Microsoft is charging $25 a month for the Sequence S and $35 a month for the Sequence X. Over the course of the two-year plan, that comes out to a complete of $600 for the previous and $840 for the latter.

On condition that Sport Cross Final usually prices $15 a month, because of this All Entry subscribers can theoretically lower your expenses over time: $60 for the Sequence S, and $19 for the Sequence X. So if you happen to don’t assume it’s smart to drop $300 or $500 straight away, you don’t must.

That mentioned, there are a pair caveats. Assuming you do need Sport Cross Final repeatedly for 2 years, reductions on the service aren’t precisely unusual. All Entry itself is financed via an exterior firm. And never each retailer presents the plan within the first place; within the US, it’ll be out there at GameStop, Goal, Walmart, Greatest Purchase, and Microsoft’s personal on-line retailer. However if you happen to’re prepared to commerce upfront value for being locked right into a plan, this is not a uncooked deal.


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