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Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X Launch November 10, Starting at $24.99 a Month with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play

by Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox • Sep 9, 2020 @ 6:00am

 

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.

 

To empower you more than ever to jump into the next generation of gaming, today we confirmed:

 

Xbox Series X, our most powerful console ever made, and Xbox Series S, next-generation performance in our smallest console ever built at a more affordable price, launch globally November 10, pre-orders start September 22.

 

The expansion of Xbox All Access to 12 countries, offering you a next generation Xbox and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting at $24.99 a month, with no upfront costs.

 

EA Play Comes to Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost.

 

Bringing the Next Generation of Gaming to Everyone on Day One

 

We believe that access to the next generation should be available to everyone. And we know that price is an important factor for many of our fans. To complement Xbox Series X and invite more players into the next generation sooner, we built Xbox Series S—an all-digital, next-gen console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – in our smallest, sleekest Xbox ever. Developing two consoles in parallel from the beginning enables us to deliver the most powerful console ever in Xbox Series X and make next-gen gaming available and affordable to more players on day one with Xbox Series S.

 

Empowering you with freedom and choice is core to everything we do at Xbox. In addition to the traditional option of purchasing the new generation of Xbox Series X and S at $499 (Estimated Retail Price) and $299 (Estimated Retail Price) respectively, we’re expanding our Xbox All Access program to 12 countries this holiday, with more to come in 2021.

 

Whether you’re upgrading to the newest consoles or joining the Xbox family for the first time, Xbox All Access is the easiest way to get the best of Xbox. Xbox All Access provides an Xbox Series X, or Series S, along with 24 months of the full Xbox Game Pass Ultimate experience.

 

In total, that means you get access to:

The next-generation Xbox console of your choice

Over 100 high-quality games to play on console, including next-gen Optimized games

Over 100 high-quality games to play on PC

An EA Play membership to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games

And over 100 games to play from the cloud

 

That’s all with no upfront costs and a low monthly price. Xbox Series S will be available starting from $24.99 a month for 24 months and Xbox Series X will be available starting from $34.99 a month for 24 months.

 

The Ultimate Gaming Membership Goes Beyond the Console and Keeps Getting Better

With the Xbox Game Pass community now over 10 million players, we know how critical it is that your friends can easily access and play the same games you can. And you’ve pushed us to make Xbox Game Pass the only membership with access to more than 100 games on your console, PC, and mobile.  

 

To provide even more value, we 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 this holiday. This means Ultimate members can enjoy EA Play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Windows 10 PCs, and Xbox Game Pass for PC members get EA Play on Windows 10. In addition to the 100+ games in the Xbox Game Pass library today, Ultimate and PC members will be able to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games like FIFA 20, Titanfall 2 and Need for Speed Heat, as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and The Sims. Some of the best EA Play games will also be available for Ultimate members to play on Android devices from the cloud at no additional cost.

 

And we’re continuing to add great games and experiences to Xbox Game Pass for PC. Game Pass for PC and the Xbox App will become generally available on September 17.


The Best Place to Play the Biggest Games

When Xbox Series X and Series S launches this November, it will herald a new generation of game experiences. Optimized 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.

 

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.

 

And the new Xbox consoles are also the only next-generation, backward-compatible consoles that allow you to play thousands of games from four generations better than ever before, and empower you to play with friends wherever you want across your console, PC, and mobile device.

 

The Best Generation of Gaming Yet

Gaming has evolved in the last decade to make it easier, simpler and more affordable for any player to make that first connection with a new world, a new story, or a new friend. With a family of next-gen Xbox consoles, even greater variety and value with Xbox Game Pass, and an expansion to Xbox All Access, we invite everyone to join us for this next generation of gaming.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I assume this would be the culmination of the PC-under-your-TV goal, albeit with the posts having moved quite a bit with the 'PC' aspect coming to meet console side halfway due to the move towards Windows Core OS, which is basically a closed platform.

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Microsoft is aggressively moving ahead with hardware in the console space to shake up the industry.

 

Because they’ve lost the race and are desperate to get back to the starting line.

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Not on principle, but Microsoft are one of those insufferable corporations incapable of apologising. They always act like their attempts to catch up are a favour they’re doing you, and like their mistakes were incredible ideas that you just weren’t ready for. Microsoft aren’t trying to “shake up” the industry to make it better or more interesting, they’re desperately trying to protect their profits.

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1 hour ago, TehStu said:

 

Potentially a base and "X" model out of the gate, then? Also, you have to assume a teaser at least late this year/early next in order to hit 2020. 

 

The whole point of consoles is that you're meant to have a unified base for development.

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Just now, Smitty said:

 

The whole point of consoles is that you're meant to have a unified base for development.

That doesn't change if you mandate the game must be up to scratch on the S/slim, which is what they've done now.

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I still think it's a bit early for VR too, Until the units cost around £100 or less I don't see it being adopted.

 

One thing's for sure they won't release before the PS5, Pretty sure they realise now they need to have the most powerful box on the market going forward as threre's no point being behind a system that will have a larger install base due to Microsoft's inability to penetrate certain foreign markets.

 

22 minutes ago, Broker said:

Not on principle, but Microsoft are one of those insufferable corporations incapable of apologising. They always act like their attempts to catch up are a favour they’re doing you, and like their mistakes were incredible ideas that you just weren’t ready for. Microsoft aren’t trying to “shake up” the industry to make it better or more interesting, they’re desperately trying to protect their profits.

 

They've spent the last four plus years appologising for Matrik's regime and the mistakes. They've added a crazy amount of features and are the only company with an insider program and early access to get actual feedback from the users. This gen is the first time Xbox has been profitable, If they wanted to protect profits they wouldn't have invested it plus more into buying five studios plus Mojang.

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23 minutes ago, Broker said:

Not on principle, but Microsoft are one of those insufferable corporations incapable of apologising. They always act like their attempts to catch up are a favour they’re doing you, and like their mistakes were incredible ideas that you just weren’t ready for. Microsoft aren’t trying to “shake up” the industry to make it better or more interesting, they’re desperately trying to protect their profits.

 

That’s what always happens though. Whoever is losing gets in early and decides what the next game is.

 

At the tail end of the last generation, Microsoft and Sony were consolidating the console as an all in one entertainment device. Sony got in early and made the next race about supporting “gamer” features, a shift which Microsoft weren’t ready for as they focused on the current state of the industry.

 

Before that, it was Microsoft placing online at the forefront in a way Sony were totally unprepared for and selling the console at a price point Sony’s rampant weird-tech fetish couldn’t meet.

 

With the PSone it was about the console as a lifestyle product.

 

It goes on and on. Microsoft will have a picture for what gaming should be that tests well with focus groups and they’ll put Sony in a position of matching it or making something more appealing.

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With talk of the streaming service gubbins coming in at some point MS could quite easily claim that all games run on all XBox Ones simply by saying that they can all stream the latest gen stuff. That’s if they go the streaming route that Sony has. 

 

Either way. I think it’s still going to be an uphill battle for MS and they have to keep doing what they’re doing if they want to chip away as Sony’s lead. All we need is for Sony to make some bone headed announcement that none of your digital purchases will carry forward or something equally crazy. 

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Basically after a really slow start with games on the consoles, we ended up with last year being amazing for games. I think the next few years (now that MS have ramped up the number of studios they have) will be equally great for anyone with both consoles (or all 3 if you know what’s good for you).  

 

I think MS have knocked it out of the park with the engineering on the S And X so the next gen is also going to be pretty special.

 

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19 minutes ago, rafaqat said:

With talk of the streaming service gubbins coming in at some point MS could quite easily claim that all games run on all XBox Ones simply by saying that they can all stream the latest gen stuff. That’s if they go the streaming route that Sony has. 

 

Either way. I think it’s still going to be an uphill battle for MS and they have to keep doing what they’re doing if they want to chip away as Sony’s lead. All we need is for Sony to make some bone headed announcement that none of your digital purchases will carry forward or something equally crazy. 

 

We need that?

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I imagine MS are looking at the success of the Switch and the “multiple pieces of hardware” might refer to a portable version of the console which is less powerful, but built on the same architecture.

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56 minutes ago, rafaqat said:

U think the next few years (now that MS have ramped up the number of studios they have) will be equally great for anyone with both consoles (or all 3 if you know what’s good for you).  

 

It'll be interesting to see how quickly that much-needed (and hugely correct) decision pays off. Sony studios spent ages cranking out 2nd tier inFamous, Killzone and the like before seemingly all hitting their stride in the last year or so.

 

Even allowing for how long it takes to make a game, it'll be really doubly impressive if the new studios produce the sort of titles MS arguably need on the first go.

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Interesting, my gut feeling based on my own experiences of it have me cautiously hopeful the next gen will go even further with VR. High res, higher fidelity, better lighting in game, more specific tracking, and more innovative games. 

 

VR is absolutely fantastic, did you just not get on with it?

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I've said this before, but right now VR is a lot of hassle and faffing and I have cats, at least one of which would chew the wires if given the chance. 

 

If the standard console came with VR capability and the headset was an optional extra and wireless with minimal set up, I'm in. 

 

The could possibly do a switch style controller with built-in accelerometers which splits in half for VR stuff and clips together for normal games. 

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