Here’s when you can pre-order the newest Xbox systems
After a leak Monday night unveiled the smaller, all-digital version of its upcoming console, Microsoft has officially revealed the prices and release date for the two versions of its upcoming next-generation console.
According to a Wednesday announcement, the Xbox Series X will retail for $499 and the Xbox Series S, a smaller version of the console with no disc drive, will retail for $299. Both systems will be available Nov. 10, 2020.
“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,” reads a post by Xbox Head Phil Spencer on the Xbox website.
Pre-orders for the systems will begin on Sept. 22.
Additionally, Microsoft announced that EA Play, which is the new name for EA Access, EA’s subscription gaming service, will now be a part of Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost.
EA Play typically costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 for an annual membership and includes access to all of EA’s top games, early access to new games, discounts and more, according to its website. EA Play on Xbox also includes games from previous generations as it takes advantage of Microsoft’s backward compatibility.
XBOX ALL ACCESS
Microsoft’s Xbox All Access is also expanding to 12 countries. All Access allows gamers to purchase a new Xbox Series S and Game Pass Ultimate for $24.99 a month for 24 months. Xbox Series X will be available with a similar deal but it’ll run $34.99 a month.
That makes Series S and two years of Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox’s subscription service that includes Xbox Live Gold and access to hundreds of downloadable games as well as select new releases on launch day, about $599 and Series X with two years of Game Pass Ultimate about $839.
Game Pass Ultimate normally retails for $14.99 a month, so for Series S at $24.99 a month for two years, you’re paying about $240 for the console and for Series X at $34.99 a month for two years, you’re paying about $480 for the console.
A Game Pass Ultimate membership at $14.99 a month runs about $359 for two years. So, if you consider the membership as part of All Access at retail price, you’re saving money on the consoles with All Access over buying the membership and consoles separately.
Plus, you’re paying for them over time as opposed to dropping a large amount of money all at once. Considering how many games are available on Game Pass Ultimate, especially now that it includes EA Play, that’s definitely a deal worth considering.
MORE DETAILS & PHOTOS
Here are the full details about everything announced, as written on the Xbox website:
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.
You can check out a gallery of images below comparing the two console variations, courtesy of Microsoft.