If you’ve been considering purchasing an Xbox Series X, here’s a rare opportunity to get Microsoft’s console at a discounted price: Dell is offering a bundle that includes the device and a copy of the open-world racing game Forza Horizon 5 for £450.
That’s a £50 reduction from the usual price of the console. Dell previously had a similar deal earlier this month, but it didn’t include a game.
Forza Horizon 5 is normally included with an Xbox Game Pass subscription, but it typically retails for around £45 on its own (although it’s currently available for £30 on Xbox’s online store).
As of now, the availability of the deal seems to be fluctuating, so you may need to act quickly.
Just to recap, the Series X is the more powerful option in Microsoft’s Xbox range. It has a more advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) and greater random access memory (RAM) compared to the £300 Xbox Series S, enabling it to consistently handle demanding games at higher resolutions and frame rates.
Broadly speaking, the Series X is designed for playing games in 4K at 60 frames per second (fps), although some games can achieve even better performance. On the other hand, the Series S is aimed more towards 1440p or 1080p displays.
Unlike the all-digital Series S, the Series X includes a disc drive and comes with double the default storage at 1TB. However, expanding the storage fully still requires the use of a proprietary card.
Additionally, the Series X is considerably larger in size compared to its lower-priced counterpart.
In our review from late 2020, we gave the Series X a score of 87. Microsoft has faced challenges in producing blockbuster exclusives, especially when compared to Sony’s first-party output on the PlayStation 5.
Nevertheless, over the past few years, the latest Xbox has amassed a diverse range of high-quality titles.
Our list of the best Xbox games includes big-budget hits like Forza Horizon 5, as well as smaller-scale gems like Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment. Most major third-party titles are also accessible on the console.
Looking ahead, Starfield, the latest role-playing game from the studio behind The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, is set to release in September.
Despite a recent price increase affecting its value somewhat, Xbox Game Pass remains a compatible companion for the console if you enjoy switching between games.
Furthermore, Microsoft’s impending merger with Activision Blizzard, the owner of franchises such as Call of Duty, Diablo, and Warcraft, is likely to enhance the service, following the company’s previous acquisition of Bethesda Softworks.
When deciding between the Xbox Series X and the PS5, your choice largely depends on how much value you place on Game Pass, your interest in PlayStation-exclusive series like God of War, Horizon, and Spider-Man, and which platform your friends and family predominantly use.
However, if you have already made up your mind about Xbox, this is a great opportunity to save on Microsoft’s best console.