Xbox One trade-in for Xbox Series X: where can you trade in your old console, is it worth it selling, and how much can you get for an Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X trade-in? Should I sell my Xbox controller?

Find out where you should get rid of your old Xbox One when the Series X comes out.

by Jason Coles
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The Xbox Series X is due out in November, meaning the launch is just a month away! That also means that it’s probably a good time to think about what you’re going to do with your current Xbox One.

So, you need to know where you can trade-in your current console, what kind of price you can expect, and whether it’s worth it.

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If you’re still trying to decide if you want to give up your current Xbox One, to make some money for an Xbox Series X, then maybe you just need some information to make your mind up.

So, here we are to help….

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Xbox Series X/S pre-orders are open NOW

Xbox Series X pre-orders began on 22nd September 2020, so the time to start thinking about trading in your old hardware is very much now.

However, much like the PS5, pre-orders for the Series X sold out pretty fast, with the Amazon, Argos and Microsoft Store pages all saying the retailers have sold out of their allocated stock.

This means that if you’ve yet to secure an Xbox Series X, we’d hold off on selling your Xbox One console until you know for sure that you’ll be getting a next-gen console. This way you’ll still be able to play the likes of Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion when they launch later this year.

However, if you’re desperate for a shiny new next-gen console this holiday, the Xbox Series S is still in stock on Argos and Amazon at the time of writing, for just £249.99

CLICK HERE: Xbox Series X product page is live on Amazon

Where can you trade in your Xbox One?

The main places you can trade-in your current Xbox One in the UK are CEX, and very soon, GAME.

While CEX don’t sell new consoles, they often buy for a better price, but Game are also very likely to do some kind of trade-in deal if you want to upgrade.

As it stands, there’s nothing yet, but there probably will be, so whether you want to sell it off for money or in-store credit now or later is up to you.

There’s also the matter of how much you’ll actually get for your console.

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Is it worth it to trade in your Xbox One for an Xbox Series X?

According to the CEX site, you can currently sell an Xbox One for £100.00, an Xbox One S for £150.00, and an Xbox One X for £180, roughly. However, as we fast approach the release of the new Xbox, these consoles may decrease in value as everyone tries to sell their copy.

Given the Xbox Series X costs around the $499 (£459), that means you could cover anywhere between 20% and 40% of that cost by trading it in at the high end.

Aside from the money you’ll get from the console, is it worth trading in your console?

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Should you trade-in your Xbox One?

With backwards compatibility for all Xbox One games, you don’t need to worry about not being able to play your favourite Xbox games on the Series X. Microsoft has confirmed that thousands Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games will all work on their new console.

Thanks to Smart Delivery, these games will also see significant graphical and performance upgrades, making the Series X the ultimate way to play any Xbox games.

However, there are still questions to be asked as to whether it is worth trading in the Xbox One to upgrade to the Series X.

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One of the main reasons people splash out on a new console is that the old console is rendered useless as it cannot play the latest games. Microsoft has confirmed that with Forward Compatability, you’ll be able to play the latest Xbox games, including the delayed Halo Infinite, on both the Xbox One and Series X.

With the new Project xCloud streaming service launching in September, you may find the Xbox consoles to be redundant, instead opting to play all the latest games on your PC or mobile.

While the choice is ultimately yours, we’d recommend holding onto the Xbox One as a second home console, perhaps placed in a different room, just in case you fancy a change of scenery.

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Should you trade-in your Xbox One for an Xbox Series S?

With Microsoft finally confirming the Xbox Series S exists and will cost just $299 (£249) when it launches on November 10, the Series S seems like a perfect choice for anyone wanting to make the shift to next-gen without breaking the bank.

Games on the Series S will see a significant upgrade compared to the Xbox One, making use of the powerful next-gen architecture found in the Xbox Series X. While it won’t be as powerful as the Series X in terms of raw specs, this is reflected in the significantly lower price.

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Does the Series S make an upgrade to next-gen a no-brainer?

There are a few caveats. The Series S comes without a disc drive, meaning that if you’re part of the dying breed of physical game owners, your Xbox One games might not work with your new console. Given Xbox’s shift to Game Pass, however, this problem may gradually disappear as Xbox looks to focus on this service instead.

The Series S also has a much smaller storage capacity than the Series X, meaning that you might struggle to fit as many games on your console without an external drive, especially given the size of most modern games, although if xCloud’s game streaming feature makes its way to console gaming, this could again be an issue of the past.

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Should you trade-in your Xbox controller?

With a new console comes a new controller. The Series X controller looks to be a fantastic piece of gaming kit, but we’d hold off on discarding your Xbox One controller for now.

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One controller, including the Elite Version, is fully compatible with the Xbox Series X. This is in line with Microsoft’s next-gen philosophy of not leaving anyone in the current-gen behind, supporting forwards compatibility.

Even if you intend to use the Series X controller, having a spare Xbox One controller could be especially useful when it comes to xCloud streaming, which supports the Xbox One controller.

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Jason Coles