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Xbox Series S and peripherals expected to become expensive in India after June 30th

Highlights

  • Xbox Series S might get costlier from next month
  • Microsoft India is expected to hike the prices of the Series S console, controller, and wireless headset 
  • The reason for the price hike is said to be the weakening of INR against the USD

Xbox Series S is expected to get a price hike in India according to an industry insider Rishi Alwani. From June 30th, Microsoft India will reportedly increase the price of the Series S console, Xbox Series controller, and Xbox wireless headset. 

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The Xbox Series S debuted in late 2020. It is an affordable alternative to the current generation Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5. It’s worth noting that the Series X will be available at the current price and won’t get a price hike. 

Xbox Series S to become expensive

The availability of the Xbox Series S has been much better than the Series X and PS5. The latter two are hit by shortages due to supply chain disruptions. According to Alwani, the Xbox Series S will cost Rs 36,990 which is Rs 2,000 costlier than the launch price tag of Rs 34,990. The controllers will cost Rs 5,590 instead of Rs 5,390 whereas the price of the wireless headset may increase to Rs 9,490 from Rs 8,990 (Rs 500 hike)

Microsoft is yet to give an official statement on the price hike of the Xbox Series X and peripherals. However, it is speculated that the prices are set to go up because of the depreciating value of the Indian rupee against the American dollar. Since the launch of the Xbox Series S/X in November 2020, the value of INR against USD has gone from Rs 74 to Rs 78. 

If Microsoft increases the price of the Xbox Series S, other consoles may also follow the same suit. Hence, if you have been planning to buy a gaming console, now might be the right time before the price hike sets in. 

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