Xbox Series X/S Isn’t Getting a Price Increase, In Case You Were Worried

The PS5's price increase was surprise announced today.

This morning, Sony announced the PlayStation 5’s price would be increasing in most regions around the world. The United States was spared from this, but the surprise announcement hasn’t gone over well since it was published earlier today. As such, the Xbox Series X/S is now the cheaper system in most of the world, and just in case you were wondering if that was going to change, Microsoft has said that’s not in the cards, at the moment.

In a statement to Windows Central, Microsoft said it had no plans to raise the price for the Xbox Series X, or the less-powerful but cheaper Xbox Series S.

“We are constantly evaluating our business to offer our fans great gaming options. Our Xbox Series S suggested retail price remains at $299 (£250, €300) the Xbox Series X is $499 (£450, €500),” the company told the outlet.

Weird thing to have to clarify, but given the way Sony just dropped the announcement on most people this morning, it doesn’t hurt to ask. For most of the regions affected by the PlayStation 5’s price increase, this came as a surprise and anyone who could have been thinking of buying the console tomorrow has been undercut by this. But Japan was the only affected territory that got any fair warning on the matter, as the price increase won’t take effect until next month on September 15.

The new prices are as follows:

  • Europe
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – €549.99
    • PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99
  • UK
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – £479.99
    • PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99
  • Japan (effective September 15)
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥60,478 yen (including tax)
    • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥49,478 yen (including tax)
  • China
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥4,299 yuan
    • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥3,499 yuan
  • Australia
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – AUD $799.95
    • PS5 Digital Edition – AUD $649.95
  • Mexico
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – MXN $14,999
    • PS5 Digital Edition – MXN $12,499
  • Canada
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – CAD $649.99
    • PS5 Digital Edition – CAD $519.99

In other news:

While Microsoft is saying the Xbox Series X/S will stay their current price, it does leave one to wonder how inflation and other economic factors Sony pointed to in its announcement have or will affect the company, and what it might lead to in the future. Whether that be in a price increase for its products or subscriptions like Xbox Game Pass. The service is a huge value and something many folks have been theorizing would hike up in price any day now. But if anything does happen, hopefully it’s with some warning instead of shadow dropping it onto the masses.