Thursday, August 20, 2020

Everything We Know About Xbox Series X Preorders: Still Not Much

It's been a long time coming, but Xbox Series X preorders are expected to go live before too much longer. Unfortunately, short of an official announcement from Microsoft, "before too much longer" is the best prediction we have for when preorders will go live. And while Sony has said it will announce the PS5 preorder date in advance to give fans time to prepare, Microsoft has made no such promise. If you just came here for the console wars, you can read about where to sign up for PS5 preorder notifications on our dedicated PlayStation page for the subject.

Xbox Series X Preorder Information Pages

The Xbox Series X is coming November 2020, but the exact preorder date, price, and release date have yet to be officially announced. Even so, you can visit the Xbox Series X info pages at the below retailers to read up on the upcoming console, and several of them let you enter your email address for notifications once Xbox Series X preorders do go live. As for us, this is IGN's dedicated Xbox Series X preorder page. Bookmark it now, because we'll have link and information for all the retailers as soon as preorders go live. We'll continuously monitor which stores have preorder stock, what (if any) bonuses they offer, and any other relevant information to ensure anyone who wants an Xbox Series X can get one at launch.  For faster information about Xbox One X preorders when they go live, be sure to follow IGN Deals on Twitter.

Xbox Series X Specs

Xbox_ShortBullets_JPGMicrosoft released the official Xbox Series X technical specs on February 24, promising 12 teraflops of graphical processing power and backwards compatibility all the way back to the original Xbox console. Here's a quick rundown of the Xbox Series X technical specifications:
  • Custom-designed AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 processor
  • A "patented form" of variable rate shading (VRS)
  • DirectX raytracing (hardware accelerated)
  • SSD storage
  • HDMI 2.1
  • 120fps support
The console's Velocity Architecture, Microsoft Says, should mean we'll see smaller game file sizes, less and faster loading, along with other immediate benefits. Microsoft also showed off the Xbox Series X UI, saying its new interface reduces load times to the home screen on start-up and when returning to it from a game.

Xbox Series X Release Date

The only official word we have about the Xbox Series X release date is that it will launch "Holiday 2020." We did get a possible Xbox Series X launch date leak in early August, when packaging for alleged Xbox controllers bore a sticker reading "Do not sell or display before November 6." That's the closest we've come so far to an actual date, but Microsoft still hasn't confirmed it yet. That same leak also revealed a possible Xbox Series S, the long-rumored second version of the upcoming Xbox hardware.

Xbox Series X Game Prices

Pricing on next-gen games is a little complicated. Many Xbox Series X-compatible games launching this fall, including Ubisoft's fall lineup, will cost $60. Others, like NBA 2K21, will cost $70. Going into next year and beyond, it's likely an MSRP of $70 will become more and more common for Xbox Series X titles.

Xbox Series X Games

Thanks to Microsoft's years-long push for backwards compatibility, Xbox Series X will launch with "thousands of games." Some of the big launch-window titles that have been announced include Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Check out our Xbox Series X game list wiki for an up-to-date list of all the confirmed and rumored Series X titles. [poilib element="accentDivider"]


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