Have you been holding off on buying an Xbox Series X? You’ve got just over a month before Microsoft puts the price up.
At least, you do if you don’t live in the US, Japan, Chile, Brazil, or Colombia. Those countries are escaping Microsoft’s Xbox Series X price rise, for now at least. Japan saw the Xbox Series X go up in price back in February so they’re probably safe for a while.
Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that the new Xbox Series X prices will kick in this August. In the UK, the price will be £479.99, up from £449.99. In Europe it’ll be €549.99, up from €499.99. Canadians will pay CA$649.99, up from $599.99 and in Australia it’s going to be AU$799.99, up from $749.99.
The Xbox Series S is unaffected, but Xbox Game Pass is also going up, a price rise which does affect the U.S. The monthly cost of Xbox Game Pass is going up by roughly one dollar/euro/pound. And Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is going up by an average of two.
Sony raised the price of the PlayStation 5 last year so this price more or less brings the Xbox Series X into line with Sony’s console.
“We’ve held on our prices for consoles for many years and have adjusted the prices to reflect the competitive conditions in each market,” Kari Perez, Xbox’s Head of Communications, told The Verge.
It’s long been said that Sony and Microsoft make a loss on their consoles and while that’s not been absolutely confirmed, Microsoft did say, during the Epic/Apple lawsuit, that it didn’t make a profit on the Xbox.
The console price rise won’t kick in until the beginning of August. New Game Pass subscribers will be paying more from next month. Current subscribers won’t feel it until August or September.
There’s no news of any Xbox Live Gold price rise. We still think Xbox Game Pass is a pretty good deal, even at this new price. Though a second price rise could have us thinking twice.
After initially struggling to keep up with demand, the Xbox Series X is easier to get hold of than it was. So if you want to beat the price hike, now’s the time to pick one up.