The after-effects of the Union Budget 2018 announcement, when the government announced a hike in custom duty, have started to engulf more gadgets. After Apple increased the costs of its iPhone models sold in India, it appears Xbox is set to follow suit.
Microsoft launched its Xbox One X in India last month at Rs 44,990. The premium gaming console is now reportedly set to cost even more thanks to the increase in the custom duty. According to Gadgets360, multiple retailers and distributors have confirmed that the Xbox One X in India will soon be priced at Rs 48,490, indicating an increase of Rs 3,500.
The new price will be applicable to all new stock of the Xbox One X imported into India with immediate effect. Now if you want to buy the gaming console, you could perhaps try your luck finding for an older stock at retail outlets as they will be available at the older price.
The Xbox One X comes with upgraded hardware and support for 4K games at 60 frames per second. The console comes with one controller, but does not have any bundled games. As for specifications, it is powered by a custom octa-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, along with a 6 teraflop GPU clocked at 1.17GHz. The chipset is paired with 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD for internal storage and 12GB of GDDR5 video RAM.
Talking about connectivity, the Xbox One X comes with Wi-Fi direct, IR blaster, Bluetooth and a power connector. There are also two HDMI ports, an Ethernet port, S/PDIF port and three USB 3.0 ports. Other features include 4K Ultra HD, HDR, spatial audio, HDR, 4K DVR, Dolby ATMOS, DTS 5.1 support, and 4K Blu-ray drive. According to the report, retailers are waiting to sell out the current stock before offering the console at the updated price of Rs 48,490.
It is worth noting that despite the newer price, it is expected that the quantities of the Xbox One X will be limited with all the 150 units to be made available. The company has not announced any price increase for the Xbox One S.
BGR India has reached out to Microsoft to understand more about the hike in Xbox One X price in India, and whether more products from its hardware portfolio will see similar price rise.
While presenting the Union Budget 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the customs duty on phones has been raised from 15 percent to 20 percent and on some other parts and accessories to 15 percent. This has been done to ‘intensify’ domestic value addition and ‘Make in India’ in the sector.