Xbox Series S consoles are reportedly getting another price hike in India. According to gaming analyst Rishi Alwani, Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console is now priced at Rs. 39,990, with pre-orders for the same starting January 10. That’s an increase of more than 5 percent, with the Series S previously listed at Rs. 37,990 in August. This is the third price increase in six months and is likely due to the weakening strength of the Indian rupee (INR) against the US dollar (USD). Gadgets 360 has reached out to Microsoft India for comment and we will update this story when we hear an update. At its launch in 2020, the Xbox Series S was listed at Rs. 34,990.
At the time of writing, both Amazon and Flipkart are selling the Xbox Series S consoles at a lower price point with the former selling for Rs. 31,799 after discount. The e2z store has it for even cheaper at Rs. 24,999 – so get it before the price updates. The new price tag of Rs. 39,990 certainly seems a bit exorbitant considering you’re a Gilded Hunter Bundle of the S series – includes cosmetics and virtual currency for Fortnite, Rocket League and Fall Guys – at the same rate from the e2z store.
In November, Microsoft also raised prices for its flagship Xbox Series X console, which is now priced at Rs. 55,990 – available from Amazon India and Flipkart. At the time, multiple Xbox wireless controllers were also subject to the cost hike – the Robot White and Carbon Black variants rose from Rs. 5,690 to Rs. 5,990. Meanwhile, the Electric Volt variant is currently priced at Rs. 6,590 – formerly Rs. 6,290.
Around that time, even Sony raised prices for its PS5 console in India. The standalone PS5 Digital Edition now costs Rs. 44,990, while the 4K Blu-ray equipped PS5 is priced at Rs. 54,900 – a 10 and 12.5 percent increase from the launch price of Rs. 39,900 and Rs. 49,900 respectively. That said, India wasn’t the only affected market in terms of price hikes, as the company made its gaming console more expensive in several other regions in August.