Beginning this week, Microsoft will start taking pre-orders for the next-generation Xbox consoles. All major markets across the world, including India, will now get to book the Xbox Series S and Series X consoles. Pre-orders will go live at 9 am on Tuesday, September 22 across major retailers. In India, you can head over to Amazon, Flipkart and Reliance Digital online stores.

You should note that the Xbox Series S and Series X will go on shelves on November 10. The new consoles bring with themselves a host of hardware upgrades as well as new software features. Customers in the US, UK and a few more countries will get to buy it with Xbox All-access programme. Sadly, Indian customers don’t get access to the Xbox All-Access and will have to buy the console wholly.

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Microsoft has gone for accessible prices for the new Xbox consoles this year. The entry-level Xbox Series S costs Rs 34,990 in India for the single variant with 512GB storage. The flagship Series X with all the goodies comes at a price of Rs 49,990. Both the consoles come paired with one Xbox wireless controller that now gets a new Share button. The Series S comes in a single white color whereas the Series X only gets a black color variant.

Xbox Series X and Series S

With the early pre-orders in India, Microsoft gets an early lead over Sony’s PlayStation 5. Sony announced prices for the PS5 and PS5 All Digital last week. However, India prices are yet to be announced. Going by the US prices, the PS5 Blue-Ray edition could cost the same as the Xbox Series X. The PS5 Digital Edition may end costing more than the Xbox Series S but it does not compromise on the core hardware.

Xbox Series S features

At Rs 34,990, the Xbox Series S offers a host of high-end gaming features that no PC at the same price can deliver. The Series S offers up to 2K gaming and it can even do 120 fps gaming at 1080p. The hardware supports ray-tracing, which is still restricted to high-end gaming PCs and laptops. The Series S also gets Quick Resume and faster loading times from the more expensive Series X. Microsoft is using a custom SSD storage to boost loading times.

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