Everything you need to know about pre-ordering Xbox One X console and games during Gamescom
8/20 Update – The first run of Xbox One X may all be Project Scorpio limited editions. Differences are mainly aesthetic. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone”.
8/20 Update – Xbox One X is now open for preorders! Price is set at $499.99 and will be officially released on November 7.
8/20 Update – Some previously released game will get the enhanced treatment for Xbox One X. Some examples include Titanfall 2, Fallout 4, and ReCore. Over 100 titles so far will be enhanced for the Xbox One X.
Where to Preorder the Xbox One X
Note: Stock fluctuates so make sure to check every single store
New Xbox One S Consoles
The Minecraft Limited Edtiion Xbox One S was just announced during the Xbox Live Show. It features a gorgeous custom designed glass block console with a see through window and LED circuitry, the iconic green Creeper controller, and the Minecraft game. Quantities are very limited. It’s set to be released on October 3, but you can preorder it now from Microsoft for $399.
These controllers can be preordered separately from the Minecraft bundle. They are set to be released in September but preorders are already available.
This bundle includes the Middle Earth: Shadow of War game for both Xbox One and PC, four Legendary Champions from different tribes for your army, and the Epic Sword of Dominion. It’s set to be released on October 10, but you can preorder it now from Microsoft for $349.
The release of the Nintendo Switch reminded us that demand can, and often will, exceed supply — especially in the case of a brand new console. Simply put? Pre-ordering a console as soon as it’s announced guarantees a launch day pickup. Keep in mind that you are not charged at all until the item ships, and you can cancel at any time with no penalty.
Pre-order now. Think later. If the Xbox One X ships enough to satisfy demand, or if you decide you aren’t impressed with the console, you can cancel your order at any time. If, however, the Xbox One X has a limited initial run, you’ll be glad you placed your order when you did.
Xbox One X Enhanced Games
Microsoft has stated that there will be enhanced versions of upcoming games optimized to take advantage of Xbox One X’s power. Here’s the current list we gleaned from E3.
Trade in your old console to pay for the Xbox One X
If you plan to upgrade to the Xbox One X, you might as well trade in your then-obsolete Xbox One. As a rule of thumb, choose the vendor that offers the best trade-in value and gives you usable currency. Amazon, for example, has pricing competitive to Gamestop and you get back an Amazon gift card that can be used sitewide, not just for games.
A 4K HDTV will make that Xbox One X worthwhile
If you’re going to plunk down the cash for an Xbox One X, you better be able to take advantage of its power. The Xbox One X will be the first console to support both 4K Blu-ray movies and 4K HDR gaming. It isn’t cheap, so let’s give your wallet a little break and shop around for TV deals that can save you as much as the cost of the Xbox One X itself.
Far and away the most consistent source of TV deals, ranging from the cheapest 4K TVs to the top-rated fully-featured primo sets. The only caveat is that the discount is usually in the form of a massive Dell eGift card that carries a 90-day expiration. Fortunately, Dell doesn’t just sell computers and monitors. They sell electronics, gaming consoles, VR headsets, video games, and all kinds of other stuff. And this gift card works on it all.
Best Buy’s TV deal page updates every week, on Sunday. Although most of their TVs are non-deals (regular price), some of the TVs on sale can be some of the lowest across the net. This would be a good page to bookmark when you’re TV hunting.
Auctions from eBay’s Daily Deal page work differently from your typical eBay auction. All of these deals are “Buy It Now” only and vendors have been screened and vetted by eBay. Most have tens if not hundreds of thousands of reviews with 98%+ feedback. Some of the TV deals here are the best you’ll find, ever. Just make sure you read the fine print.
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