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Xbox Series X and Series S Pricing Revealed and More

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After months of speculation and numerous leaks from insiders, Microsoft has announced the Xbox Series X pricing and release date. The recently-unveiled Xbox Series S has also been given an official price and release date, bringing the next generation of gaming closer than ever.

While this has been a rough year for many, Microsoft seems on-track to deliver their new console before the end of 2020.

In a tweet, Microsoft announced the Series X and Series S would be releasing on November 10. In response, Ubisoft confirmed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla would be releasing a week early to coincide with the launch.

Many noted that this puts the Xbox Series X releasing ahead of Cyberpunk 2077, the most highly-anticipated game of the year.

Pricing and Release

On November 10, gamers will finally get their hands on the Xbox Series. Series X will retail for $500, a huge price tag for a huge console. The Series S, on the other hand, will sell for $300, making it the budget entry in the family for this generation.

Which one you get will have as much to do with your tastes in game collection as your budget.

For those who want to have a physical game library, the Series X is for you. Like all previous Xbox systems, it sports an optical disk drive so you can play physical disks. Lovers of box art and physical media, rejoice.

The Series S, however, cuts this functionality out, in favor of download- and streaming-only media.

Exclusives, or, The Halo Problem

Sadly, the Series systems will be lacking in a heavy-hitting exclusive game at launch. Halo Infinite, the game Microsoft was banking on selling alongside the system, won’t be hitting until 2021. A combination of COVID and a rough internal culture at 343i has sidetracked the flagship game massively.

Ever since Halo’s original team, Bungie, moved on to create the Destiny series, Microsoft has struggled to keep the once-legendary series relevant.

As such, it’s hard to say what the case for the Series X is against the rival PlayStation 5. Should the PS5 cost more money at launch, Microsoft might snag budget users.

After all, the $300 Series S will be attractive to those who just want to play games with Game Pass. For $10 a month, Xbox owners can play a large library of Microsoft games.

Gamers on a budget will find the Series S and Game Pass to be the most affordable entry point to the new console generation, unless Sony’s diskless PlayStation 5 variant also costs $300.