Microsoft announced today that the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will both launch on November 10th, with pre-orders starting on September 22. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will have a suggested retail price of $499 and $299, respectively,
The company also announced 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 is also coming to Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost.
“We believe that access to the next generation should be available to everyone. And we know that price is an important factor for many of our fans,” said Head of Xbox Phil Spencer.
“To complement Xbox Series X and invite more players into the next generation sooner, we built Xbox Series S — an all-digital, next-gen console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming — faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – in our smallest, sleekest Xbox ever.”
He added: “Developing two consoles in parallel from the beginning enables us to deliver the most powerful console ever in Xbox Series X and make next-gen gaming available and affordable to more players on day one with Xbox Series S.”
Xbox All Access provides an Xbox Series X, or Series S, along with 24 months of the full Xbox Game Pass Ultimate experience. That means you get access to the following.
The next-generation Xbox console of your choice; over 100 high-quality games to play on console, including next-gen Optimized games; over 100 high-quality games to play on PC; an EA Play membership to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games; and over 100 games to play from the cloud.
Xbox Series S will be available starting from $24.99 a month for 24 months and Xbox Series X will be available starting from $34.99 a month for 24 months.
With the Xbox Game Pass community now over 10 million players, Xbox is teaming with Electronic Arts to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members with an EA Play membership at no additional cost starting this holiday.
This means Ultimate members can enjoy EA Play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Windows 10 PCs, and Xbox Game Pass for PC members get EA Play on Windows 10.
In addition to the 100+ games in the Xbox Game Pass library today, Ultimate and PC members will be able to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games like FIFA 20, Titanfall 2 and Need for Speed Heat, as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and The Sims.
Game Pass for PC and the Xbox App will become generally available on September 17.
Optimized games for Xbox Series X and Series S coming this year are built to take full advantage of Microsoft’s fastest consoles ever. On day one you will be the first to enjoy next-gen versions of the most anticipated games of the year such as Gears Tactics, Tetris Effect: Connected and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion.
Xbox Series S is designed around the same technology that will make these games and so many others look and feel incredible. Powered by the Xbox Velocity Architecture, you can expect faster load times and Quick Resume.
Xbox Series S also supports all the same next-gen features as X, including HDMI 2.1, frame rates up to 120fps, DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading. It will also support Spatial Sound, including Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision via streaming media apps like Disney+, Vudu and Netflix at launch. Dolby Vision support for gaming will come to next-gen Xbox consoles in 2021.
The Xbox consoles are also backward-compatible and will allow you to play thousands of games from four generations better than ever before, and empower you to play with friends wherever you want across your console, PC, and mobile device.