Two new Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, are launching in a matter of weeks, but unless you’ve been exceptionally lucky, you may not have been able to secure a preorder yet. The Series X and Series S release November 10 for $500 and $300, respectively, and as of now, finding either in stock is near-impossible. That said, we’re tracking console availability below along with all the major listings.
Where to preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S
We’re starting to see restocks today at Best Buy for both the Series X and Series S. Both are popping in and out, so you’ll need to refresh the page if it doesn’t show as available for you. Keep trying–you may get lucky.
Preorder Xbox Series X:
Preorder Xbox Series S:
Xbox Series X/S bundles
Preorder Xbox Wireless Controllers
The new Xbox Wireless Controllers releasing alongside the
The Xbox Series X and Series S consoles are less than a month away from release, and ahead of launch, Microsoft is announcing that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be fully optimized for its next-gen hardware.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Series X / S will run at 120 frames per second in both campaign and multiplayer modes, Microsoft confirmed. Split-screen will also receive some improvements, and the game will get 4K support for the Series X.
The upgrade will be available starting on November 17th, one week after the Xbox Series X / S release. Those who currently own the game will receive a free copy. The game is also available on Microsoft’s gaming subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.
It’s time to dust off the ol’ Needler.
✅ Fully Optimized on Series X|S ✅ 120 FPS in Campaign & Multiplayer ✅ Split-screen improvements & up
Microsoft has issued an update to its Xbox apps on iPhone and iPad, which enables remote play to stream games from a local Xbox One console to your mobile device. The feature supports Xbox One and will support Xbox Series X and Series S games, but doesn’t work with backward compatibility for Xbox 360 or original Xbox.
This is similar to PS4 remote play on iOS, which was added via the PS4 Remote Play app last year. That’s a separate app entirely, while the Xbox remote play functionality is folded directly into the main Xbox app.
This is distinct from Microsoft’s xCloud streaming service, which is now offered as part of Xbox Game Pass. That feature streams games directly to your device from cloud servers. Microsoft has had some trouble getting that functionality on iOS due to Apple’s policies, but the company is reportedly planning to bring the functionality through
Buying physical copies of console games means you bypass the need to download the game or even be connected to the internet in order to play. However, with the launch of Control Ultimate Edition that’s not the case, at least for Xbox gamers.
As Eurogamer reports, anyone who purchases a physical copy of Control Ultimate Edition for Xbox One will need to download an update before they can play through the single-player campaign. That’s why the front cover of the physical version states “Requires Internet” at the bottom. Publisher 505 Games has explained this download is required simply because they couldn’t fit all the content on a 50GB disc.
Attempting to play without the update will result in a message appearing at the game’s opening elevator requesting the download to continue. Until it’s installed, you simply can’t play the game. PlayStation owners need not worry, though. 505
Microsoft’s Xbox app update for iOS and iPadOS is now live, allowing Xbox One owners to stream games to their devices. A new Xbox app is available in the App Store that includes a remote play feature, which lets Xbox One console owners stream their games to an iPhone or iPad.
Remote play is different to Microsoft’s xCloud service, which streams games directly from servers instead of your own Xbox One console. This Xbox remote play feature will only connect to your own Xbox console, not to xCloud. It’s similar to Sony’s own PS4 Remote Play feature that’s also available on Android and iOS.
This app also supports the ability to access an Xbox console over Wi-Fi, or even an LTE or 5G connection, too. The Xbox app will let you take control of your home Xbox, and you can also remotely
Yesterday, a lengthy interview made the rounds between Kotaku and Phil Spencer which included some pretty random stuff (the Series S can load games faster than the Series X due to lower scale textures?), but it’s also the closest Microsoft has come to saying that yes, its upcoming big Bethesda games will be Xbox exclusive and not on PlayStation.
And that’s probably the closest they will come to saying it, at least before the Series X launches.
The breakdown of the exchange is that Kotaku asked Spencer if they could still recoup a $7.5 billion investment with huge games like Elder Scrolls VI that are not sold on PlayStation, which will no doubt move 100M+ units this coming generation.
Spencer replied point blank, “Yes,” before elaborating:
“This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer believes the Xbox Series S’s price will help it beat Xbox Series X in the long run
Spencer thinks both PS5 and Xbox Series X will fly off shelves at launch
Both the Xbox Series X and Series S will launch on Nov. 10
Microsoft executive vice-president for gaming Phil Spencer believes that the all-digital Xbox Series S will sell more units than the more powerful Xbox Series X over the course of the next generation.
Spencer told Kotaku that he expects the Xbox Series X, with all of its bells and whistles, more power, 1TB of storage, 4k resolution, 16GB of RAM, and priced at $499, to be the bigger hit when both are launched on Nov. 10.
Since the Xbox Series X is what Microsoft has been pushing and is the kind of machine that ushers in a new era of gaming, Spencer
There’s a good chance you won’t be playing Elder Scrolls 6 on PlayStation 5.
Xbox has been making big moves lately. The console manufacturer has been scooping up studios, bolstering its in-house game development teams. Its latest acquisition of ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, has led to a lot of questions in the industry. Will Xbox be releasing Bethesda titles on competitors’ consoles and is it feasible to even recoup the massive price tag attached to the purchase?
In a recent interview with Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Head of Xbox’s Phil Spencer revealed that he believes Xbox can recoup the cost of the $7.5 billion acquisition without releasing Bethesda games on PlayStation.
To Totilo’s question of, “Is it possible to recoup a $US7.5 ($11) billion investment if you don’t sell Elder
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the Assassin’s Creed game to launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Originally announced with a November 17 release date, Valhalla will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Uplay and the Epic Games Store) on November 10 to match the Xbox One Series X and Series S release date. This means Valhalla will be playable on a whopping six platforms (including Stadia). As an Assassin’s Creed game, you can bet Valhalla has multiple editions to choose from when preordering. All editions are available to preorder now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and you can currently get a nice discount at Amazon and Walmart.
Valhalla will feature a free upgrade from Xbox One to Xbox Series X and PS4 to PS5 when the next-gen consoles launch this holiday. If you purchase a physical edition for PS4, you’ll have to insert the disc
From 90 days, the warranty for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 has been extended to one year
Microsoft received reports of a “small percentage” of customers experiencing “mechanical issues”
This controller was recently added to a lawsuit over “drifting joysticks”
A move by Microsoft to extend the warranty for the current Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 comes on the heels of complaints over hardware issues.
Microsoft has extended the warranty for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2 from 90 days after purchase to a full year following reports of “mechanical issues.” This change retroactively applies to all previous Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 units shipped since it debuted in November 2019.
Microsoft stated via the Xbox Support website that this was made in response to a “small percentage” of users that have encountered hardware issues. In addition, the company is offering refunds to payments made for