For whatever behind-the-scenes reason, Microsoft decided to announce the price and date for the Xbox Series X over 24 hours after revealing that same information about the Xbox Series S. And given that the smaller, less powerful, but more affordable system was announced to cost $299, it sounds about right that the Xbox Series X is coming in at $499. Both consoles will be launching on November 10.
This is but one of a few pieces of news Microsoft announced today on the Xbox Wire as it ramps up Xbox Series X promotion, as the company also confirmed that pre-orders for either system will begin on Tuesday, September 22. Whether that’s the old-fashioned way of just paying for the whole thing upfront, or using Microsoft’s Xbox All Access plan, which will allow you to make monthly payments on the device, as well as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $24.99 (Xbox Series S) or $34.99 (Xbox Series X) a month at select retailers. According to the service’s website, Best Buy is the only place supporting this at the moment, but other chains like Wal-Mart, Microsoft Stores, Target, and GameStop are all marked as “coming soon” on the page. Those will likely become open on or around September 22. but that’s only the United States, as Xbox All Access is available in 12 countries, including the following:
- Australia at Telstra
- Canada at EB Games
- Denmark at Elgiganten
- Finland at Gigantti
- France at FNAC
- New Zealand at Spark
- Norway at Elkjøp
- Poland at Media Expert
- South Korea at SK Telecom
- Sweden at Elgiganten
- UK at GAME and Smyths Toys
- United States at Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Microsoft Store, and Walmart
Also among the Xbox console news was confirmation that EA Play, Electronic Arts’ subscription service that lets you play games from its catalog, will be available as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for no additional cost later this year.
In other news:
- The Witcher 3 Is Coming to Next-Gen So You Can Put Another 100 Hours Into It
- A Second Ubisoft Forward Presentation is Coming, Accountability To Be Determined
- Bioware Released a Behind-The-Scenes Dragon Age Video And I Haven’t Stopped Screaming
So there we have it. Microsoft was the first to make the move in this year-long game of Chicken it and Sony have been playing to reveal a release date and price of their new system. Historically, that didn’t work out too well for them last time, as Microsoft revealed a $499 price point for the Xbox One (alongside a handful of other, probably more damning things that undercut it right out the gate), only for Sony to come in with a $399 price point for the PlayStation 4 a few hours later. But someone had to show their hand first, and now that Microsoft has, maybe Sony will finally follow. The company’s marketing spend seems to imply the PlayStation 5 will follow about a week after the Xbox Series consoles launch, but there’s not much to go on about the price of the thing beyond it having been an apparent point of contention within Sony.