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Family Buying Guide for Xbox Series X and Series S

The first thing to consider when purchasing a new console is what additional benefit it will give you over your existing technology. The Xbox Series X|S offers a smooth way to upgrade to hardware that will output better looking and sounding games that load much faster.

The controller is an evolution of the current one, offering more ergonomic design, a new share button and a USB-C for easier charging. You can use your existing controllers as well if you have those.

Launch Games

New and enhanced games available on Xbox Series X|S on launch day include:

Games built with the Xbox Series X|S development kit showcase significantly reduced load times and stunning visuals at up to 120 FPS.


When you are planning your new purchase it's important to consider what other peripherals are required for your family to enjoy the system. You can use your existing Xbox One controllers with the Xbox Series X|S. You can also use the new controllers with the older system.

  • Controllers - allowing more people to play.
  • Additional Storage - offering the ability to have more games installed at one time.

Upgrade Path

Many of the Xbox library of games will run on the Xbox Series X. From classic Xbox and Xbox 360 titles to thousands of favourites across the four generations of Xbox console. They all look and play better on the new system.

Smart Delivery games mean you can buy a supported game once and always have the best available version for whatever console you play on. Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

Date and Price

There are two versions of the new Xbox available on the 10th November. Both of them will run all the new Xbox Series X|S games:

  • Xbox Series S (£249) for the digital-only version that also has slightly reduced graphical capabilities.
  • Xbox Series X (£449) for the more powerful version that also plays games and media from discs as well as digitally.

You can also pay for the hardware and software in a monthly bundle that includes an Xbox Series X, 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £28.99/mo. After 24 months you own the Xbox hardware and can continue with a lower cost game subscription if you wish.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.