Up For Debate - How much would you pay for an Xbox Series X?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sun, Mar 1, 2020 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, on a quiet Monday, Microsoft dropped what will probably be the closed we’ll get to the motherload in terms of Xbox Series X specs. There’s still a lot of dancing around the specifics but we’re finally getting a (confirmed) grasp of the level of performance we’re dealing with. 

For the current generation of consoles, both Sony and Microsoft were arguably guilty of under-delivering in terms of specs. Even when it was brand new, the Xbox One was only offering performance comparable to a low to mid-range PC, along with a cheap Jaguar processor aimed at notebooks rather than high-performance gaming machines. That bottleneck has been keenly felt over the years, despite the mid-gen refreshes, with the CPU consistently holding these consoles back from achieving high and stable frame rates. 

Microsoft certainly looks as if it doesn’t intend to make the same mistakes twice. Based on preliminary specs, the Xbox Series X looks very comparable to a high-end gaming PC, the sort of thing which could easily set you back upwards of $1200. Finally, we’re back in the realm where consoles are offering value-for-money in terms of hardware, at least until PC gaming tech races past these fixed box offerings in the next handful of years.

We’ve already taken a dive into the equivalent PC specs for Microsoft’s next-gen console, providing a baseline for the sort of hardware you can expect to require heading into the next few years of AAA gaming. It’ll be a soft bump up initially, with a number of cross-generation titles expected, but weaker hardware will surely be left behind over the next 24 months.

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is packing a 12 TFLOP AMD Navi GPU with RDNA 2 architecture, offering performance somewhere around 20% faster than a Radeon RX 5700 XT, which itself retails for ~$400. The GPU will be capable of hardware-based raytracing. This will be combined with an 8C/16T Zen 2 processor and a grand total of 16GB GDDR6 memory to be split between system RAM, VRAM and 3GB for the OS. You can also expect to see a 1TB NVMe SSD along with support for expandable storage. If the XSX has a downside, it’s that storage space could be at a severe premium.

That’s about all we know on the hardware side for now, although in terms of the wider software support, the Xbox Series X will have backwards compatibility with all three previous Xbox consoles, quick resume for multiple games simultaneously, up to 8K resolution, 120 FPS support and the benefits of Xbox Game Pass.

On paper, we have what looks like an incredibly solid offering from Microsoft. Of course, we’re missing one crucial piece of information - price. Neither Microsoft or Sony are willing to show their hands here; each is locked in a game of cat & mouse, neither willing to show their hand first for fear the other will simply undercut it. With volatile hardware markets due to smartphone demand and coronavirus, Microsoft and Sony may also simply not yet know exactly how much each console is going to cost yet. For those reasons, it could be a little while until we know for sure.

So it’s time to open up a couple of questions for you. They’re both riffs on the same thought process but coming at it from different angles - how much would you be willing to pay for an Xbox Series X? And how much do you believe Microsoft is actually going to end up charging? For the sake of simplicity we’ll be sticking to USD for this one but get voting and remember to let us know why in the comments section below!

How much would you be prepared to pay for an Xbox Series X?

How much do you think Microsoft will charge for the Xbox Series X?

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14:01 Mar-17-2020

( 350 - 400 ) definetly

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15:51 Mar-02-2020

From what I'm seeing, people keep comparing PC to a console with the argument that a pic can do more. A PC is a BMW X5, it does a lot of stuff but nothing great. A console is McLaren 720s. It's dedicated to one thing and does it great.

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15:58 Mar-02-2020

The PC is a compromise to allow it to do everything.
The console is dedicated to one thing and that's why it's optimization is way better than a PC.

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17:46 Mar-02-2020

"PC does a lot of stuff but nothing great?" uhm unless you have a potato pc which i understand, not everyone can or want to buy decent pc but Its actually the best thing of all gaming platforms. And for new xbox i think it will cost 700-1000$, why? because there is no way microsoft is selling you full ryzen 8c/16t(downclocked but still) + rx 5700xt machine for 500$ its just too expensive for microsoft to sell at loss.

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23:19 Mar-02-2020

Desktop hardware is overpriced.
After that an 8 core zen2 should cost as much as a ryzen 3 1300x at launch. The rx 5700xt's Chip/Die costed 100$(With R&D taken into a count) in 2019, now that 7nm is cheaper and yields are higher, it costs much lower than 100$, probably around 70$. Then they share a single pool of GDDR6 memory and the VRMs are shared too and it's all integrated into a motherboard.


The consoles coolers cost 1-2$ usually, the PS5's will cost 4$ which has Sony worried.


Then you take into a count that they go through much less 3rd party companies as they assemble everything themselves and design the console themselves. Then take into a count that they buy millions in bulk, which for AMD hardware should net them 20-25% discount and for electronic components at least 50%.

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23:21 Mar-02-2020

Then add in that they have 0 problems selling at a 100$ loss and boom. 600$ for the Xbox Series X should be normal, 700$ MAX, worst case scenario.

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01:29 Mar-03-2020

pc is a compromise. it will never have the optimizations of a console. the closest that will happen is a custom software wrote for a specific platform. your pc will always be a compromise because it has to do more than just play games.

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01:33 Mar-03-2020

a ryzen 3600x and a 5700xt system (both lower specc'ed) will end up being more expensive and wont game at the same level as the series x. that is because of COMPROMISES that limit the optimization a pc game will have.

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19:52 Mar-02-2020

Then why do you have gaming graphics cards and two of them paired with a good 8 core cpu?

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21:02 Mar-02-2020

because i do more than just game on it.
a console is made to only game. anything else is secondary to that. pc software has to deal with different cpu and gpu architectures that creates compromise in the coding.

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21:04 Mar-02-2020

there are people on here that game and work on that same pc because of what their work needs (photo, video, etc) and a pc is a one-stop for all of that. but a pc will have to compromise in each area to make sure it runs correctly.

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21:08 Mar-02-2020

ms and sony will never sell a console that high. consoles are loss leaders and ms will make up for any loss through software. neither of them will repeat the ps3s price structure or follow the neo-geo aes.

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14:04 Mar-17-2020

yall fighting for apple vs oranges LOL

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15:00 Mar-02-2020

Not like I have a choice, Wife is gonna make me buy one.

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11:36 Mar-02-2020

Why would I buy one when I have a PC???

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12:18 Mar-02-2020

It's got a gpu as good a a rtx 2080ti, CPU almost as good as the r7 3700x, it's guaranteed to run games, console games are cheaper(physically), and it will most likely cost 600$, max 700$. Can't build such a pc for such price now.

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12:56 Mar-02-2020

That's true, but I still think PC is a much better platform than console. Cheaper games, mods etc etc. With game pass for PC now as well...The last consoles were supposed to be 60fps @1080p and look how that turned out. I know they will be a much beefier machine, but still...it's a console...I went from Xbox360 to mid range PC and will never go back to console...but that's just my 2c worth:-)

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13:04 Mar-02-2020

Games on consoles are cheaper I have a ps4, xbox one and a PC and console games become dirt cheap 2-4 months after release.

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13:59 Mar-02-2020

some PC gamers use the word "cheap games" instead of free (piracy) and piracy is one of the reason some people will stick to PC. They will invest in hardware not software.

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16:18 Mar-02-2020

Maybe so, but I don't pirate, and i usually pay less than €10 for games (under €5 for quite a few), even new games coming out I never pay €60...unless it's from CDProjekt Red...not to mention all the free games given out by publishers....anyway, I'm just giving my opinion on my experience...

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06:17 Mar-02-2020

I'm not an Xbox guy so I'm not getting Series X, but I would guess that both the Series X and PS5 would be around 500$ at launch, wouldn't be completely surprised if they'd be even closer to 600 though.


Will do with PS5 like I did with PS4, wait a year or so before buying one, I still have my PS4 Pro and PC to keep me entertained till then.

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21:47 Mar-01-2020

My prediction is that PS4 will be about 450USD and XB SX will be about 550USD. I do think MS will want to charge more for having superior hardware, while Sony will definitely want to stay below 500USD, I think they still remember PS3.Though considering specs, I fully believe prices will be bigger than last gen, since they cut a lot less corners to get as low price as possible.

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21:49 Mar-01-2020

Though, if it comes down to it, they will be willing to sell consoles at loss for at least some time, since they would earn the difference back via games you buy and cuts they get from it, plus subscriptions. However there is just so much they can do and even MS won't want to touch on 600USD. I am pretty sure they are aware of their target audience, and 500USD today wil be more acceptible,...

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21:51 Mar-01-2020

... than it was back when PS3 came. However they won't want to push their luck too far. Still, I do think considering hardware, performance targets and specs, that both will justify the price with better experience. They did learn from mistakes of previous, cut all corners for low price generation.

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21:55 Mar-01-2020

600$ in 2006 is 790$ in 2020, so yeah, big difference between 600$ now and 600$ in 2006.
And before you give the irrelevant argument of how salaries don't scale linearly with inflation, you have to realise that COSTS do rise with inflation regardless.

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13:16 Mar-02-2020

With 600USD I mean it more as general audience perception thing, it is not about inflation. But if we look at PS3 price of 500USD in 2006, which upset people, if inflation calculator I used is correct, it would round to 640USD. So not that far off. Otherwise I agree, it is just that general public perception sometimes doesn't scale well with logic, I guess.

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13:31 Mar-02-2020

Well yeah, because people don't stop and analyze and think about it, but give an immediate response based on feelings.

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20:47 Mar-01-2020

Didn't buy an Xbox One, won't be buying the Series X. I don't plan to buy a PS5, either. I'd rather just invest in a laptop with an RTX 2070 and a strong CPU.


I think these next generation consoles will be $799 Canadian at launch with all the horsepower inside them.

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21:26 Mar-01-2020

Again desktop hardware is overpriced. Consoles have a single pool of memory, they buy in bulks of millions so they get 20-25% discount and they assemble the parts themselves and have a lot less 3rd party companies involved in the manufacturing as a whole.

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19:00 Mar-01-2020

I will NOT buy the series x. IF i buy a new console it will be a ps5, since ive already owned a ps3 and ps4.
And most of the games coming on xbox (either one or series x) will be coming on pc as well (via microsoft store) whereas most ps5 games will not come to pc, or come at a (much) later point.
So, nope, no series x for me, ever...

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18:58 Mar-01-2020

I am more interested in the controller than the console.

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17:29 Mar-01-2020

I would never spend more than $300 USD on a console. Ever.


That said, I feel like it will cost $500 minimum.

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17:30 Mar-01-2020

Well then the Xbox Series S is for you.

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18:11 Mar-01-2020

Assuming such a thing even exist or will exist. But I doubt I will even consider getting the console at all at this point.

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18:59 Mar-01-2020

Well it makes sense to make a cheaper, lower power version of the next gen consoles. And there were some leaks.

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21:44 Mar-01-2020

Even if a cheaper, lower powered one were to exist. I'd sooner get the more powerful one at a discount if at all.

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21:48 Mar-01-2020

It simply makes no sense to get the cheaper one. But it really makes no sense for me to get the console at all since pretty much any game that comes out on Xbox will just release on PC anyway.

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17:17 Mar-01-2020

People actually voted to pay $600? Just get a PC

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17:29 Mar-01-2020

give me a PC for 600$ that has a r7 3700x and rtx 2080Ti.

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17:58 Mar-01-2020

give me a console for 600$ that has a r7 3700x and rtx 2080Ti.

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18:58 Mar-01-2020

Xbox Series X

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07:45 Mar-02-2020

You're trollin' right? You're pullin' my leg? No console will come those specs even at $1200.


For $600 you can get a decent gaming machine along with a machine that does some actual work and entertainment. Consoles at $600 are pointless and defeats their purpose in itself.

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11:24 Mar-02-2020

Not at all. You and everyone have to realize that PC hardware is severly overpriced. Second of that the rtx 2080Ti is at 12nm, not 7nm and has tensor cores and ray tracing cores which makes it huge and expensive.


Stop comparing PC prices to console prices, as they are irrelevant.
Console coolers cost 1-2$, sony is concerned that the PS5 cooler will cost 4$.Consoles are assembled by Sony and Microsoft, most of the parts do NOT go through 12 different companies before they arrive to be assembled, a Zen2 8 core should be dirt cheap, but AMD are greedy and are selling it at huge profit margins. Consoles share a single pool of memory for the CPU and GPU. They buy millions in bulk so they for sure get at least 20-25% off of AMD's parts and probably get half the price for all the other ICs.

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11:26 Mar-02-2020

Then you take into a count that they can sell at a loss, and 600$ for the xbox series X is absolutely normal.


For example remove the VRAM from the RX 5700xt and the Die/Chip itself costed 100$(With R&D taken into a count) in 2019, now it's cheaper as yields have gone up and 7nm price has gone down and on consoles the Chip/Die is integrated into the motherboard so appart from 15-25$ for VRMs, the PCB is basically already there.

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17:01 Mar-01-2020

Nothing as long as all "exclusives" also come out on PC, like they are right now.


Rather save my money for a PS5. And to answer the question what i would be willing to pay for that one, around $600 max. :)

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16:56 Mar-01-2020

$500 with Ms throwing in some extra to sweeten the deal somehow. They aren't gonna get burned like last gen. They want to lead out the gate like xb360 did.
My ext ssd has all my games on it and will be day one compatible.

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16:22 Mar-01-2020

Nothing to be honest, will grab a PlayStation 5 some months after the release and enjoy it. Had two X360 and they were nothing but trouble, got the PS3&PS4 after that and enjoyed every minute. Definitely won't buy anything on release day, want to see some reviews first.

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15:10 Mar-01-2020

Remember it's not always a good idea to buy them straight away they're bound to have problems from day one.

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14:34 Mar-01-2020

Hopefully there won't be a console shortage. Ebay will have a field day if there is one. That is the true test of how much someone would be willing to pay!

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14:19 Mar-01-2020

I'd pay 600$ ideal for it, 700$ max, but only and only if it has 6-7 must buy exclusives, if they plan to bring them on PC again, I'd rather upgrade my PC as I know nobody that is on the xbox platform.

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14:10 Mar-01-2020

Very difficult to say even knowing the general specs. The coronavirus affecting production of everything from china will put even more pressure on the price and even the us china trade war. The customers willingness to pay a certain price for a console (looking at you ps3).

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