New reports suggest that Microsoft might just increase the prices of the Xbox Series S as well as the Wireless Controller along with other Xbox accessories. Priced at Rs 34,990 – the Series S was one of the most accessible ways to get into next-gen gaming, but will now cost Rs 36,990 – much closer to Sony’s PS5 Digital Edition (Rs 39,990).
The news comes through industry insider Rishi Alwani, who confirms that both the Wireless Controller and Headset will also cost more than before. The Controller’s new price is Rs 5,590 (previously Rs 5,390) while the Headset will now cost Rs 9,490 (previously Rs 8,990).
The new pricing will take effect from June 30th and speculation suggests that the change in pricing is a result of fluctuating exchange rates with the US Dollar (USD).
Xbox Series S Console and Accessories to Cost More from June 30
The Xbox Series S is a fairly popular console and is priced significantly less than the Series X as it contains less-powerful hardware. The trade-off comes in the form of reduced performance, but it still passes the benchmark for next-gen gaming.
So far, it would appear that the Series X will continue to be priced at Rs 49,990 – the same as the PlayStation 5. The availability of Xbox consoles in India, or lack thereof, has been a source of woe for Indian console gaming enthusiasts as restocks for the console have been way less frequent than their Sony counterparts.
Sony has been able to restock the PlayStation 5 with frequent regularity in the country while it appears Microsoft doesn’t seem to have a strict schedule for restocks. This is despite the Series X and S being solid offerings for this particular console generation on the back of solid new game launches as well as the massively popular Xbox Game Pass.
Reports from April 2021 even suggested that the Series S was the best-selling console in the country during the month. It will be interesting to see if the demand for the console suffers from the rise in price.