Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-orders open in Australia on Tuesday, September 22. Here’s everything you need to know.
What time do Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders open?
Pre-orders for the new consoles open at 8am AEST. That’s 7:30am ACST and 6am AWST.
Last week we saw most PS5 pre-orders go out of stock (including for 2021 delivery) quite quickly so we recommend being prepared if you don’t want to miss out.
In Australia the Xbox Series X costs $749 and the Xbox Series S costs $499. Don’t forget, the latter will only be able to play game digitally. If you want a disc drive, you’ll need to opt for the Series X.
Is a deposit needed?
This all depends on the retailer. But for most, yes. You’ll need to be ready to put down anywhere between $50 and $200.
Where to pre-order Xbox Series X and Series S in Australia
There are quite a few retailers offering pre-orders on the Xbox Series X and Series S. Some of these already have pre-order hubs live. We’ll add more as they become available on Tuesday.
It’s also worth noting that most retailers are offering pre-orders online only.
Here’s the list:
- Microsoft Store: Series X (sold out)| Series S
- eBay (sold out)
- Harvey Norman: Series X (sold out)| Series S
- EB Games (back up but for post-launch)
- JB Hi-Fi ($50 deposit, it has hit pause on pre-orders for the time being)
- The Gamesmen (sold out)
- Target (sold out)
- Big W (sold out)
New rounds of EB Games pre-orders open up again at 12pm AEST.
Amazon is also showing the Series X as ‘not in stock’ but it’s unclear whether they haven’t gone live yet or if they’re out.
- JB Hi-Fi has hit pause on pre-orders. “Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve had to hit pause on taking any more pre-orders. Don’t worry, as soon as we have more visibility on stock availability we will re-open pre-orders,” the company’s website says.
- Big W has suspended pre-orders.
- EB Games (sold out)
- The Gamesmen has suspended pre-orders
- While Amazon was originally advertising the Xbox Series X, it doesn’t seem like the pre-order ever went live. The link is now dead too
EB Games has now closed pre-orders.
EB Game has re-opened pre-orders but for post-launch only.
So it looks like there are very few options left, particularly for the Series X. The below Xbox and Game Pass Ultimate bundle is still up and running, though!
And if you want a console cheaper with Game Pass Ultimate…
There’s also another cheaper option if you’re also interested in bundling with Game Pass Ultimate. And this is looking even more attractive after Xbox revealed it is buying out ZeniMax Media (which means Bethesda) late on Monday night.
Telstra is offering the new consoles on its exclusive Xbox All Access this pass. And it works out to be cheaper.
The Xbox Series S plans will be $33 a month ($792 over 24-months), with the Xbox Series X coming in at $46 a month ($1,104 over 24-months). Both of these plans come with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which usually costs $15.95 a month outright. Across two years this comes to $382.20.
So if you subtract the cost of Game Pass Ultimate from the cost of the consoles across 24-months, the Xbox Series S bought through Telstra comes to $409.20. As for the Xbox Series X, it comes to $721.20
This comes to roughly a $90 off the Xbox Series S RRP and about a $30 off the Series X RRP when compared to buying outright and subscribing to Game Pass Ultimate for two years.
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