Beats the PS3 retail price of $599 yet outdoes it via the installmentsMicrosoft Just Revealed The Xbox Series X’s Release Date and Price said:
There have been a ton of rumors circulating about the price and release date for the next generation of Xbox consoles, and Microsoft has finally made some official announcements. The Xbox Series X has been confirmed to cost $499, while the smaller Series S will start at $299. Both consoles are set to release on November 10th, but pre-orders will go live on September 22nd.
This was all officially confirmed via the Xbox Twitter page, and it’s the first time Microsoft has publicly announced this information. With two systems set at separate prices, it’s clear that Microsoft is trying to get the new generation of Xbox into as many homes as possible. To that end, Microsoft is introducing Xbox All Access, a financial plan that will allow consumers to pay for their console of choice in installments. The Xbox Series S will cost $25 a month with Xbox All Access, while the Series X will cost $35 a month—to sweeten the deal, both plans come with GamePass included.
What Are the Hardware Specs on the Xbox Series X?
On February 24th, Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X’s upgraded GPU will put graphical performance at 12 teraflops, which firmly places it above standard Nvidia and AMD graphics cards. To put that into perspective, 12 teraflops is roughly nine times as powerful as the original Xbox One console and twice as powerful as the Xbox One X. The Series X also implements GDDR6 memory technology.
The improved NVMe SSD aims to reduce game loading times, which enables gamers to hop into digital realms much faster. Additionally, the Series X will feature a new CPU developed by AMD and Radeon. The CPU will build on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon’s RDNA 2 models and aims for up to 8K/120fps performance on games. Microsoft is also working closely with HDMI Forum to get the highest quality HDMI 2.1 support.
The end-goal is low latency and smooth visual performance on games, and while it will likely be a few years before most consumers (not to mention developers) are able to make full use of this power, the potential is unarguably exciting. Improved GPU/CPU from AMD also means the Series X graphics will feature improved lighting realism via DirectX Raytracing. Microsoft has patented a new form of variable rate shading (VRS) as well, which it claims will result in “more stable frame rates and higher resolution, with no impact on the final image quality.”
Another exciting feature is the new Quick Resume function. A basic version of this feature already exists for Xbox One and allows players to suspend a game while the console is in rest mode, negating the need to boot up the entire game from scratch when the console turns back on. The new and improved Quick Resume function will allow gamers to do this across multiple games, so you can squeeze in a few rounds of Overcooked while waiting for your next Fortnite match to load.
It’s clear that Microsoft designed the Series X to be a spec beast, even rivaling some of the most powerful gaming PCs on the market. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer boasted the new console’s attentiveness to latency via Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which would help with input lag between the controller and the game input.
How Expensive Will the Xbox Series X Be?
As of September 9th, Microsoft has revealed the price for the next generation of Xbox consoles. The Xbox Series X will retail at $499, while the Series S will start at $299. Microsoft is also offering an Xbox All Access financial plan for the new consoles, aimed at making the barrier of entry a little less steep.
With Xbox All Access, consumers can pay for their new console in installments. The Xbox Series X will cost $35 a month, while the Series S will be $25 a month. While this might sound tempting, it’s not actually the best deal, since you’ll end up paying $875 or $625 respectively over the course of the console’s lifetime. If you can, we recommend you commit to the full payment at one time.
When Will the Xbox Series X be Released?
According to Microsoft, both the Xbox Series X and the Series S will launch on November 10th, 2020. That’s just in time for the holiday shopping season, and you’ll be able to pre-order a console even sooner. Pre-orders for both consoles will start on September 22nd, so mark the date if you’re planning on being among the first to boot up your new Xbox.
What Games Will Be Available on the Xbox Series X at Launch?
There hasn’t been a lot of information released on new games for the Series X, but we have learned it will be backward-compatible with games from the past three generations. That means you’ll be able to play some original Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games on the Series X, which is a huge blessing to Xbox loyalists who have acquired a treasure trove of games over the generations.
As for new games, the following are confirmed for November 10th:
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Dirt 5
- FIFA 21
- Gears Tactics
- Marvel’s Avengers
- NBA 2K21
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- The Falconeer
- Watch Dogs Legion
- WRC 9
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
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May as well make a PC if paying $875 is the plan