We are probably two weeks or so away from finally figuring out the price of the Xbox Series X, and it’s little buddy, the Xbox Lockhart/Series S, and as such, the leaks are going to start spooling up.
This one is not “official” in any capacity, and not people doing back-bending calculations about a Monster Energy prize pool to figure out the price of an Xbox Series X, but rather it comes from a retail source.
Gaming journalist/podcaster/host Alanah Pearce was on the Kinda Funny Xcast, and said she was DMed by someone working in retail that showed her a photo of their internal screen that gave a November release date for the Series X, and it said that the price was $599.
Now, it’s possible that’s actually the price, it’s possible that’s a placeholder (it’s also possible it’s fake, of course, I trust Pearce, but who knows about her source).
This does, however, line-up with a few different factors.
Many have speculated that because of the sheer horsepower of the Xbox Series X, that it would almost have to be priced at $599, lest Microsoft lose too much money on each unit. My theory was that they would take that loss in order to try and match, if not undercut Sony this time around at $500, but then there’s the second part of this.
That would be the existence of the Xbox Series S. Microsoft recently phased out the Xbox One X, which was priced new at $400. That leaves space for the lower power Series S to potentially cost $400 while the Series X would cost $600. A $200 gap in between them would make more sense to me than just a $100 gap, which doesn’t seem like enough of a difference to warrant two consoles at all.
The follow-up question is of course, is a $600 price point for the Series X a good idea?
That of course depends on Sony. If Sony also feels the need to price that high, then fine, we have sort of a monopoly situation where both consoles are just…very expensive, though may be Sony tries to slide its digital one in there for $550 or something.
But if Sony has either console, disc or digital, priced at $500, and Xbox Series X prices at $600? Even with Series S at $400, that seems like a disaster in the making, a mirror image of what happened with the Xbox One versus PS4 launch which got Sony a sales lead early that they never gave up. And with analysts already predicting that Sony will likely keep its 2:1 sales lead from last gen when PS5 takes on Series X, a $100 price gap would only amplify that. And of course, the final nail is Microsoft losing Halo Infinite as a launch title on top of everything else.
I hope that this is not the final sale price of the console. Namely because I don’t want the PS5 to also cost $600 if they match, but then just for Xbox’s sake, an ultra high price at launch undercut by Sony is going to make for an incredibly rough launch.
Again, we should know more probably by the end of the month, but for now, it’s something to consider.