The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s most powerful next-generation console and will be launched on November 10, 2020, for $499 / £449 / AU$749. Xbox Series X pre-orders are live now, as are those for the more cost-effective and much less effective Xbox Series S, although the inventory of the flagship console has been lots more difficult to find.
After months of speculation, leaks and announcements, we now are aware of rather a plenty the whole thing about the Xbox Series X there is to be aware of – and we’ve even had our palms on it. We’ve regarded about the next-gen Xbox’s tower-like sketch ever since its first reveal, and which Xbox Series X video games we’ll be taking part in when the console launches in November – even even though Halo Infinite, a supposed launch title, has been delayed until 2021. We additionally understand how backwards compatibility works on Xbox Series X, consisting of how cross-gen recreation possession will feature below the new Smart Delivery feature.
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- Watch us unbox the Xbox Series X and Series S
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Despite Halo being pushed back for the foreseeable, the Xbox Series X will still have a first-rate launch line up thanks to Xbox Game Pass and backwards compatibility.
While that’ll, in general, be existing video games to start with, Microsoft is also integrating EA Play into its Game Pass supplying on November 10, as nicely as titles from its current acquisition of Bethesda (Doom Eternal simply hit the service). Every title published by using Xbox Game Studios additionally arrives on Xbox Game Pass on the day of release, too, so you will in no way leave out on one of Microsoft’s massive exclusives like Gears Tactics or Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It’s effortless to conclude that getting players subscribed to Xbox Game Pass is just as essential to Microsoft as promoting hardware.
The Xbox Series X price, as mentioned, is $499 / £449 / AU$749. Microsoft has additionally proven that its flagship console will launch alongside the cheaper, however less powerful, Xbox Series S, which will cost $299 / £249 / AU$499. So, is it worth buying an Xbox Series X now based on what we know? It relies upon on what you want from a console.
In phrases of its design, the Xbox Series X is a big departure from preceding Xbox consoles, making it seem to be extra like a small gaming PC – which is becoming thinking about it’s on par with one. Thanks to Microsoft giving us the Xbox Series X’s full specs, we can say for positive that the new Xbox is an absolute powerhouse. While we cowl these in extra element down below, the quick of it is that the new Xbox is rocking an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor strolling at 3.8GHz and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 12 TFLOPs of processing power, as properly as 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
When it comes to different Xbox Series X features, the next-gen console will have ray-tracing, a super-fast SSD, and manageable 8K capabilities, while also being backwards like-minded with four generations of Xbox games.
Want all the juicy small print as you make your pre-order decision? Here’s the whole lot we understand about the Xbox Series X – such as our impressions of the new Xbox.
Microsoft has proven in an Xbox Wire post that each the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S will launch November 10, 2020. Xbox Series X pre-orders are live now, having opened on September 22.
Interestingly, Sony has pegged November 12, 2020, as the launch date for the PS5, simply two days after the launch of Xbox Series X and Series S. That early lead could be a double-edged sword: it might supply Xbox an early lead in sales, as some game enthusiasts may surely favour the earliest next-gen console available, or it may want to swing the other way and gamers would possibly now not buy any console until both are available.
November is traditionally when we’ve got viewed new Xbox consoles launch and a release at the begin of the month offers shoppers time to get those orders in earlier than Christmas. Releasing in November also approves the Xbox Series X to launch in advance of upcoming AAA titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War which is all due to launch in mid-to-late November, while additionally fending off the launch being lost in the shuffle of Black Friday – which falls two weeks later.
After great deal speculation, Microsoft eventually introduced that the Xbox Series X price will be $499 / £449 / AU$749. A month-to-month finance design of $35 per month is additionally on hand as the phase of Xbox All Access.
Xbox Series X is notably greater powerful than either the Xbox One S or Xbox One X, and its higher price tag reflects that. Any bundles and Xbox Series X pre-orders will probably exceed the $499 RRP.
So how does that stack up in opposition to Sony? Well, quite favourably. The PS5 is additionally concentrated on $499 / £449 / AU$749 for the ordinary PS5 and $399 / £359 / AU$599 for the PS5 Digital Edition. What you’ll word there is that whilst each top-class consoles price the same, Microsoft has the edge in the digital console race by way of shaving $100 off the decal price, giving it a slight leg up.
We know what Xbox Series X looks like and what it is packing beneath the hood, and it’s going to be an absolute beast of a console. The new Xbox’s gaming PC sketch is noticeably apt, considering the next-gen console’s interior hardware is comparable to one – so make positive you test out our Xbox Series X spec analysis.
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