It was confirmed earlier this month that Xbox Series S and Series X consoles will be ship from 10 November 2020. However, pre-orders are now open, and there’s still more than enough stock to go around.
Console specs and prices
The Series X is Microsoft’s flagship console, its most powerful Xbox to date and will be replacing the Xbox One. The next-gen Series S is the company’s smallest Xbox, and currently, the cheapest way to get into console gaming.
The Series S doesn’t have a disc drive but comes with 512GB of SSD storage and costs R6 999 for the South African market. The Series X features a more powerful GPU, as well as 1TB SSD, for R11 999.
Microsoft’s new Bluetooth wireless controller features a USB-C charging port and a new Share button. Each console includes only one controller, but additional controllers are available for R1 399.
Where to buy Xbox consoles in South Africa
You can pre-order from any of the following retailers. Pre-ordering is ultimately the route to secure a shiny new Xbox console. Don’t put it off until 10 November 2020.
- AVO (discounted)
- BT Games (standard rates)
- Game (standard rates)
- Hi Online (free delivery)
- Hi-Fi Corp (standard rates)
- Incredible Connection (incl R500 gift card)
- Loot (standard rates)
- Makro (online availability only)
- Pick ‘n Pay (free delivery)
- Raru (standard rates)
- Takealot (free delivery)
- Total Sports (free delivery)
- ZAPA (standard rates)
What’s the difference between Xbox Series and PlayStation 5?
In a nutshell, both Xbox and PlayStation have cheaper, digital-only versions, while the premium versions cost the same. Both consoles run on the same internal processors and support solid-state drives (SSD).
Both consoles feature AMD Zen 2 processors and graphics cards far better than we’ve ever seen in a console before. However, the Series X offers 12 teraflops of graphics processing power; PS5 clocks in at 10.28 teraflops.
Both consoles also support up to 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. The PS5, PS5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series X will ship with one 1TB SSD by default, which roughly holds up to 10 games at 100GB each.
Microsoft acquires Bethesda
Microsoft announced this week that it acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, for $7.5 billion (R125 billion). Bethesda Softworks is a video game publisher known for The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, to name a few.
While many gamers are questioning what the future holds for their favourite Bethesda games, Xbox head Phil Spencer said the company won’t be “changing” Bethesda.
The vice president of Bethesda, Peter Hines, echoed this and explained that “we’re still Bethesda, we’re still working on the same games”.
“We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will still be published by us”.
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