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After finally spilling the beans on the cheaper variant of its new Xbox yesterday, Microsoft is ready to lay out the whole enchilada. It’s been officially confirmed: the Xbox Series X and disc-free Xbox Series S will be on sale starting November 10th, for $499 and $299, respectively. Pre-orders for the hardware will begin September 22nd.
That’s half of the layout for this holiday season’s console conundrum. Sony’s up next, having shown off the PlayStation 5 and a cheaper PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, but not giving a specific price or date for either. Rumors have been fling that Sony won’t be able to beat Microsoft on price, especially for the cheaper disc-free option.
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Xbox Series X: $499 (ERP) Xbox Series S: $299 (ERP)
Microsoft’s economic advantage doesn’t end with the hardware. The company is pushing the Xbox Game Pass hard, after a year of adding new titles and features like mobile game streaming. The Xbox All Access service is a monthly subscription that includes an Xbox Series console, Game Pass Ultimate, and full online play, with a cell-phone style interest-free payment plan. The Xbox Series X plus Game Pass will be $35 a month for two years, with the Xbox Series S being just $25 a month. That’s an incredible value considering the 100+ games in the Game Pass library, which is now bolstered by EA Play being included.
For comparison, the Game Pass Ultimate is $15 a month on its own. So over two years, buying an Xbox Series S outright and subscribing to the service costs $660, while the zero interest financing is only $600. The Xbox Series X doesn’t save quite as much, just $20 over the course of two years, but it’s still telling that there’s no downside to the payment plan.
By focusing on both affordability and a low-cost subscription for popular and new games, Microsoft is making a compelling offering for the next generation. It will be interesting to see how Sony and Nintendo respond.
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We’re finally getting down to the wire for the next generation of game consoles. After months of leaks and one big leak over the long weekend, Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox Series S, the smaller, less expensive version of the Series X. The company confirmed that it will retail for $299.
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Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
The Series S will not be equipped with a disc drive, like the PS5 Digital Edition and the currently-sold Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. You can see that it’s more of a conventional shape than the skyscraper layout of the Xbox Series X, and based on the controller next to it, quite a bit smaller, too. Based on the orientation of the Xbox logo in the corner, it looks like you can lay it on its side or stand it up, in the style of the PS2 and Xbox 360.
That’s about it in terms of confirmed data. A leaked commercial posted to Twitter this morning indicates that the Series S will be capable of “1440p at up to 120FPS”, along with ray-tracing and and a 512GB flash-based SSD storage. That’s impressive compared to current consoles, which tend to chug on 4K resolution, but the tiered nature of the console would mean that it would have to be much less powerful than the Series X. The latter uses a custom CPU and GPU from AMD rated at 12 teraflops with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. There’s no indication of the comparative power of the One Series S, though presumably it would play the same games.
Other leaks this morning indicate that the Xbox Series X (man, those names are extremely Microsoft) would be $499, launching at the same time as the Series S on November 10th. Those are unconfirmed at the time of writing, but would make sense. Sony has yet to confirm a price or date for the PlayStation 5 (and its presumably cheaper Digital Edition).
We already know a lot about the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2. It has a larger external screen, an improved camera experience, 5G capability, and an edge to edge internal screen. But what we didn’t know was how much the phone would cost, which carriers you could use it with, or when you could buy it—until now. Samsung says the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will release on September 18, and it will cost $1,999.99. You get get it through Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
Every browser has a certain something to set it apart from the others. Edge has that logo. Chrome hogs your memory. And Mozilla’s Firefox really, really cares about your privacy. The idea of keeping your web-browsing experience personal is something the company’s been emphasizing in every product update for the past…
The newly-released Microsoft Flight Simulator has been made fun of for some peculiar generative results of its world-spanning simulation of planet Earth, but it is a stunningly realistic experience all the same. This video compares the in-game graphics to footage shot from drones, and it’s a very effective advertisement.
And no, it does not let you execute fiery, spectacular crashes. The world just goes black:
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