Microsoft has revealed the Xbox Series S price. Codenamed Lockhart, the Xbox Series S console has been heavily rumoured for quite some time now what with it being mentioned within Windows 10 OS files and on Xbox controller branding. Now Microsoft has announced the Xbox Series S price as $299. Given the company’s pricing history for India we could see a price in the range of Rs. 30,000 to 35,000 for the Xbox Series S. Nonetheless, we reached out to Microsoft India for comment and will update the story when we hear from the company. Xbox Series S specifications are yet to be officially unveiled though we do know it will lack a disc drive and have horsepower comparable to the recently discontinued Xbox One X. It will be interesting to see how receptive the market is to such a console. More so when you consider that the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition without a disc drive bombed colossally at retail in India.
While Microsoft is yet to tell us how much the Xbox Series X will cost, leaker Brad Sams has stated it would be priced at $499 which could see it have a Rs. 50,000 price for India. Safe to say, it should hit India in line with the rest of the world.
According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer “significant delays in region launches” harm Microsoft’s prospects. This is an interesting turn when you consider that the Xbox 360 and Xbox One were officially released in India nearly a year after their international launches with the original Xbox skipping the country altogether.
“I will say, having lived through the Xbox One launch I know that significant delays in region launches hurt us,” said Spencer.
“It hurts us with the sentiment of the fans. Every time I go to Japan I am reminded that we were nine months late in launching there with Xbox One. And the Internet means everyone knows where everything is launched. Not like 30 years ago when it was kind of it’s ‘not here yet’ and you don’t get the roar of people getting excited from other regions. We haven’t started on a plan B but I’d be hesitant to do something like that. Fundamentally some of the issues we have to work through are more software-related than hardware and when you’re done with software it scales globally so I’m not predicting that but as I said, we’re managing day to day kind of watching how things are going and managing our productivity.”