There’s a lot of excitement that comes with the announcement of new gaming consoles. And while the new features, specs and games take centre stage, it’s the price that ultimately dictates whether or not you’ll be getting one of these coveted devices. With that in mind, it’s always interesting that the companies who manufacture these consoles wait so long before announcing their cost. So it’s not surprising that Microsoft is not ready to announce the Xbox Series X price yet, even though we’re about two months away from the console’s launch.
These delays inevitably lead people to speculate about the price. It also results in promotional materials accidentally leaking the estimated cost of these consoles.
For the Xbox Series X, the “leak” came by way of a Pringles contest in South Africa. It didn’t take long for a savvy Twitter user to comb through the contest’s fine print to find that it contains the number of consoles being given away, and the collective estimated value of each unit.
Just a little basic math (total value of all the consoles, divided by the number of units being given away) will get you to price of one Xbox Series X.
In South African currency that would be…
621000 ZAR / 46 units = 13500.00 ZAR for one Xbox Series X
Looks like Pringles, of all brands, broke the Xbox Series X price for South Africa. If my maths checks out, this puts the XSX at around R13,5K locally? Unsure if that's excluding tax. https://t.co/luosSEa8Qi pic.twitter.com/UsDe2tfcAB
— Cavie (@CaV1E) September 4, 2020
For readers outside South Africa, a quick Google currency exchange search will give you the cost of the gaming console in your country. The American and British prices are estimated at 805.00 USD and 612.00 Pound Sterling, respectively.
While it’s very cool to finally have an idea of what an Xbox Series X console costs, it’s important to remember that these prices are just estimates and should be taken as such until Microsoft’s official announcement. This is because things like taxes and other variations in international pricing means we’re never going to get the exact cost in terms of currency conversion per region.
According to Microsoft, the Xbox Series X will be released in November, with some rumours pointing to November 6th as the exact release date for the console.
Source: Critical Hit