Xbox Series X fans have been delivered some huge news today, with Microsoft announcing the price and release date for the Series X and revealing when pre-orders will open.
The day after the Redmond-based tech giant unveiled the cost-friendly Xbox Series S, Microsoft has confirmed how much the more powerful Xbox Series X will cost.
The Xbox Series X has a price of $499 / £449 with a release date of November 10. Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X will open later this month on September 22.
The news was revealed by the official Xbox Twitter account which posted: “This is the tweet…Xbox Series X: $499 (ERP) Xbox Series S: $299 (ERP) Release date: November 10 Pre-order starts September 22.”
Both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are launching on the same day, with the latter priced at £249.99.
Details on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch plans were outlined in a blog post by Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
In it Spencer said: “Now more than ever, gaming plays an important role in our lives. As one of the greatest forms of creative expression, gaming sparks in our imagination and connects us to new worlds, stories, and our friends.
“On November 10, a new generation of console gaming begins. That’s when our vision becomes reality with the most performant, immersive and compatible next-generation console gaming experiences, and the freedom to play your games with your friends, anytime, anywhere.”
Spencer confirmed that both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X will have a global release date of November 10, with pre-orders for both systems available from September 22.
And the Xbox bigwig also revealed that the Xbox All Access programme is expanding to 12 countries. This offers those looking to buy a next-gen console the ability to pay in monthly instalments, similar to a smartphone contract.
The Xbox All Access programme will be priced from £20.99 for 24 months, and gives subscribers a shiny new next-gen console as well as access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – which offers access to over 100 games on Xbox Games Pass – as well as multiplayer gaming via Xbox Live Gold.
The Xbox Series X and Series S announcement also revealed details on the console’s launch line-ups.
Spencer wrote: “When Xbox Series X and Series S launches this November, it will herald a new generation of game experiences.
“Optimised games for Xbox Series X and Series S coming this year are built to take full advantage of our fastest consoles ever.
“On day one you will be the first to enjoy next-gen versions of the most anticipated games of the year such as Gears Tactics, Tetris Effect: Connected and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft is known for leveraging new technologies and the power of new hardware to deliver groundbreaking games, and we think you’ll be blown away by the experience you’ll have playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox.
Outlining how next-gen games will run differently on the cheaper Series S, Spencer added: “Xbox Series S is designed around the same technology that will make these games and so many others look and feel incredible. In speaking to game developers, we identified the areas that are most difficult to scale effectively, including the CPU and I/O, and made it easy to include Xbox Series S for developers who are targeting their experiences for Xbox Series X.
“Powered by the Xbox Velocity Architecture, you can expect the same benefits from Xbox Series S such as faster load times and Quick Resume. Xbox Series S also supports all the same next gen features including HDMI 2.1, frame rates up to 120fps, DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading. It will also support Spatial Sound, including Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision via streaming media apps like Disney+, Vudu and Netflix at launch. Plus: Dolby Vision support for gaming will come first to our next-gen Xbox consoles in 2021.”