Over the last few days, Xbox has been in the news quite a bit. With their secret Xbox Series S console leaked, Microsoft was forced to announce the console and its price: $299.
Unfortunately, we have bad news for those hoping for a R5000 price tag. The console will cost R6999 in South Africa, that’s R2000 more than the $299 US price.
— Xbox South Africa (@XboxZA) September 9, 2020
The Xbox Series S, which is the smaller, maybe less attractive, sibling to the Xbox Series X, is meant to offer a more affordable console to those gamers who are cash strapped. And, while it’s still more affordable than a PS4 Pro, R7999 is still a higher price point than some bargained for.
That said, when you sit back and think about it, you’re getting a next-gen console – with a lot of the bells and whistles – for less than the current price of a Nintendo Switch.
Below is the Xbox Series S hardware specifications, as they’re known so far:
|Processor||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|Graphics||4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @ 1.55 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Memory||10 GB GDDR6|
|Internal Storage||512 GB Custom NVME SSD|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Expansion Card|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Performance Target||Up to 1440p @ 120 FPS|
|Color||Matte White, Black|
|Dimensions||Unknown (60% smaller than Xbox Series X)|
|Release date||November 10, 2020|
|Price||$299, £249, €299|
We imagine that the R6999 price adjustment is due to tax, shipping and import duties. With a weaker rand in 2020, we can expect to pay a lot more for consoles and game releases moving forward.
Considering that the Xbox Series X costs $499 in the US, we could possibly be looking at a R10 000 or R12 000 price tag locally.