Microsoft and Sony have been in a multi-billion-dollar game of chicken for the last few months. In a normal year, we would’ve gotten prices for game consoles at or near E3. But without that date, neither Microsoft nor Sony has been willing to announce the prices for their new consoles. After a leak from Thurrott.com, though, Microsoft has confirmed the look and price for their lower-power Xbox Series S console.
👀 Let’s make it official!
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
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— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020
The Xbox Series S will launch at $299. Microsoft confirms that the system will run at up to 1440p resolution and up to 120FPS (though it does play streaming media at 4K). The system is all-digital–no disc drive–and has 512 GB of internal storage. The system offers many of the same features as the Xbox Series X, such as DirectX raytracing, variable-rate shading, and variable refresh rates. Rumors put the system at around 4 TFLOPs, or raound the same power as an Xbox One X but with the modern graphics and SSD features. Microsoft also says this is its smallest console yet. As with the Series X, cooling appears to be a very important factor. Microsoft chose to give the cooling vent on the system a black look to stand out from the white body (and the memes about speakers are starting after just a few hours).
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Windows Central reports that in addition to that pricing information, the system will be available as part of Xbox All Access financing for $25 a month, which comes with Xbox Live and Game Pass. The site also has the Xbox Series X at $499 with a $35/month financing option, though Microsoft has not confirmed that price. The site also puts the systems on shelves on November 10th, but–again–this is unconfirmed.
When the Xbox Series S and X launch, they will be backwards compatible with almost all Xbox One games and many Xbox 360 and Xbox games, as well as all Xbox One accessories. Sadly, though, they will launch without Halo Infinite.