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Microsoft reveals release date and price of new Xbox consoles

Microsoft has revealed the release date for its new Xbox consoles – and the price of the flagship model.

The previously announced Xbox Series S, the smallest Xbox to date, will go on sale worldwide on 10 November for £249 ($299).

The premium version, the Series X, will be out the same day for £449 ($499).

Pre-orders for both start on 22 September.

This is the tweet…

Xbox Series X: £449 (ERP)

Xbox Series S: £249 (ERP)

Release date: November 10th

Pre-order starts September 22nd | #PowerYourDreams

— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) September 9, 2020

It said customers in 12 countries – including the UK, US, Australia and South Korea – would be able to pay for the consoles and a gaming pass through a monthly plan starting at $24.99 for two years.

The Series S Xbox will not have a disc drive, relying on users to download and stream games, while the larger Series X keeps it.

Microsoft said the Series S would “deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds”.

Spec-wise, it lists frame rates up to 120fps, DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading.

The Series S will also support Spatial Sound, including Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision via streaming apps like Disney+ and Netflix.

The main difference between the two versions is the graphics resolution, with the Series S graphics processing unit not as powerful as the Series X.

But Microsoft bosses say it is still around three times as powerful as the Xbox One, according to The Verge.

The company promises “thousands of games to play”, spanning four generations, when the new consoles are released – but marquee launch game Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021.

Rival Sony also plans to launch two models of its next-generation console, the PlayStation 5, at the end of 2020, but no date or price has been revealed so far.

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