Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S launching November 10th - Pre-orders start Sept. 22nd
Microsoft has just confirmed the official pricing and launch dates for their two next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The Series X, Microsoft’s most powerful console to date, will be available for €499 and the Xbox Series S, their smallest console to date, will be available for €299. Both consoles launch on November 10th and pre-orders start September 22nd. Below is a comparison between the two consoles and what you can expect from each:
Console Designs – Little & Large
The Xbox Series X sports the most unconventional console design we’ve seen in decades, resembling a traditional PC far more than anything else on the market right now. To be honest, it’s a welcome change, even if some players might have trouble fitting it under their television when the time comes.
Given the size of this gaming monolith, the Xbox Series S will be a much smaller affair considering its relative power in comparison. It will be 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, and judging from the current promotional images it is roughly two and a half controllers tall in terms of height. It’s a small yet powerful little beast, and should be much easier for fitting under your television.
Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with all the latest Xbox developments, there’s good news for fans of current-gen and even older games. Microsoft has seen how much fans appreciate the ability to play older games on newer hardware, and they’re committed to ensure this is the case on the newest consoles.
We know that the console was designed to run the entire Xbox One catalog and it won’t just be don’t with an emulator, it’s baked in at the hardware level. This is a direct attack at Sony and they’re lack of clarity on what older PlayStation titles their new consoles will be able to play.
Xbox Series S – All digital offering
You’ll notice that the new Xbox Series S doesn’t have an disc drive and that’s because it’s an all digital console so you’ll be either downloading or even streaming your favourite new titles onto the console over physically buying game discs.
Now, this obviously helped keep the price down but the Series S’s storage of just 512GB has a quite a few people worried, given the expectation that next gen titles are easily going to surpass 100GB+ in size. We’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft price their custom 1TB expansion cards at and if it’s a viable option for those who find themselves running out of space.
Xbox Game Pass welcoming EA Play to the family
As part of today’s massive information drop, Microsoft also announced that they are teaming up with Electronic Arts to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members with an EA Play membership at no additional cost, starting later this year. This means Ultimate members will have access to EA Play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Windows 10 PCs. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also get EA Play on Windows 10.
So, on top of the 100+ games in the Xbox Game Pass library already, Ultimate and PC members will be able to play more than 60 EA titles on console and PC games like FIFA 20, Titanfall 2 and Need for Speed Heat, as well as titles from fan favourites such as Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and The Sims. Some of these new EA Play games will also be available for Ultimate members to play on Android devices from the cloud at no additional cost.
Will Microsoft having revealed two of the most important pieces of information for any new console launch, its price and arrival date, it’s up to gamers to decide whether to jump on the pre-order bandwagon on September 22nd or hold out until Sony announce the official pricing and availability date(s) of their two new PS5 consoles. Whatever your decision, there’s no denying it’s an exciting time to be a gamer right about now!