The Xbox Series X mini fridge is real and releasing this year, and not just in the US

Xbox Series X Fridge
Xbox Series X Fridge (Image credit: Microsoft)

Update, June 18, 2021, at 9:25 p.m. CT: The Xbox Mini Fridge has been confirmed to be heading to more than just the US.

Microsoft has announced plans to release a mini fridge inspired by its Xbox Series X console, the company announced during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021 The upcoming appliance takes inspiration from a series of memes shared following the reveal of Microsoft's latest console, comparing its towering all-black silhouette with a refrigerator. The device will be available for public purchase later this year, although pricing is still unconfirmed.

The first references to an Xbox Series X fridge spawned in response to its 2019 reveal at The Game Awards, with a tweet from Windows Central Gaming among the initial edited images that rapidly spread online.

Microsoft later embraced the gag, sending out custom full-size fridges to Snoop Dogg and online personality iJustine. A later partnership followed with ZOA, the energy drink line from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, creating a limited range of Xbox mini-fridges.

Microsoft announced public availability with a dedicated trailer at the tail end of its E3 conference, including references to "Xbox Velocity Cooling Architecture," a call back to the Xbox Velocity Architecture fundamental to the design of Xbox Series X. The company first teased plans in April, after winning a brand battle hosted by Twitter.

While the Xbox Mini Fridge won't play any of the best Xbox games, it'll certainly keep your drinks cool. Here's hoping the Xbox Series S boombox will arrive in time for holiday 2022.

Update, June 18, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. CT — The Xbox Mini Fridge isn't just coming to the US

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We already knew the awesome-looking Xbox Mini Fridge was arriving later this year, but now we know that it's not just bound for the US (like many might've expected from Microsoft). While we don't have all the details yet, including pricing or exact availability, it seems the Xbox Mini Fridge is heading to more locations around the world.

Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

  • Sony "That was a cold move..."
  • Cold is dropping 27 games day-and-date on Gamepass over the next 18 months. At least one per month. Sony could match the fridge, although if they scale it comparably it might not fit in the house (😈), but matching the size and diversity of GamePass will be harder. The ball is in their court, let's see what they bring to the table.
    Maybe a PS5 toaster oven? 😆
  • A PS5 Toaster oven in partnership with Ninja (appliance oem, not the game streamer lol) seems plausible enough haha. Depending on the dimensions of the xbox mini fridge i am seriously contemplating on buying one. Especially, since it's looking like another crazy hot summer. Those of us without aircons are going to turn into shriveled prunes at this rate lol!
  • Missed opportunity to make a Mini Fridge that doubles as a toaster to rub it in Apple's face 😏
  • This is gonna be the hottest gift item of the season.
  • "...and it is coming to more places than just the US" What black magic is this?!?
    Please don't leave us Aussies 'out in the cold'?! This would be perfect around Xmas;
    Unlike most of the northern hemisphere countries, it's stinking hot in much of Oz.
  • Yep, I'll get one as well if it's released in Australia.
  • I am absolutely getting one.
  • When will we find out how much it is going to cost us? Lol. I'm hoping it to be like $200 max. But this thing is going to be amazing. Even my wife finds it worth the cost of entry. That's an incredible win for MS, winning over the wives of gamers across the world. 😁
  • Surburger: my wife sent me a text with a link to the announcement and said "Merry Christmas!". So yeah, kudos to Microsoft... they got the wives! lol
  • Awesome ha ha!
  • Sharp edges though.
  • It's not running Windows 11, obviously.
  • I know it's not running Windows XP too.
  • Bonus points if they would have placed a Surface Book in the fridge. 🔥