The Xbox Series X And Series S Prices And Release Date Have All Leaked – Forbes

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Well, this is what happens when you wait three months after you’re supposed to before you reveal key information about your next gen console, it leaks out eventually.

Tonight, a number of high profile journalists have leaked and/or confirmed different pieces of data about the Xbox Series X and S, which includes the prices for both, the release date for both and what the Series S looks like.

First, the key information, which comes from Windows Central’s Jez Corden and Zac Bown, about as reliable as you get for Microsoft info.

Ahead of a planned, official reveal event soon, they are reporting:

  • The Xbox Series S will cost $300.
  • The Xbox Series X will cost $500.
  • Both consoles will be out on November 10.

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This parade of leaks started an hour or so earlier tonight with Brad Sams revealing what looked like a still from some sort of leaked promotional video which showed the form and the alleged $300 price of the Xbox Series S, which does not have a disc drive, according to Corden.

This was later expanded upon with a little video clip apparently showing how small the Series S is compared to the Series X. It’s still unclear where this came from.

Then, shortly after, Windows Central came out with all of the info for both consoles, prices and dates.

What to make of all this? It’s a whole lot to process considering everything that Microsoft has kept secret this long seems to have all leaked out at once.

At $300, Microsoft is absolutely undercutting whatever the price of the PS5 is going to be, but the question is how “next gen” is the Series S in the end. It reportedly is a 4 teraflop machine to Series X’s 12 teraflops, so you’re giving up a lot for that price, potentially. If anything, it seems like a streamlined, upgraded, discounted Xbox One X (hence why that was just discontinued).

The $500 price of the Series X is what I have been predicting for a long while now. Everyone is scared of the $600 price point after the PS3 launch, and Microsoft 100% wanted to either match or undercut Sony this generation, and they were not going to do that at $600 (I maintain the PS5, at least one of the models, will also be $500).

The date? It’s expected. It’s mid-November. It’s right before “hell week” of Cyberpunk, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed all coming out in the same window. November 10 is quite literally the day Destiny 2’s big Beyond Light expansion launches, which is debuting on Game Pass, so that’s effectively the Xbox launch title now, along with Cyberpunk, though that game does not have a true “next gen” version out until 2021 (and of course, both are available on PS5).

Nothing on Sony’s side has leaked yet, but I would not be surprised to see a matching price for at least the digital model, and a release date plus or minus a week, or right on top of it, if they just don’t care. $500 certainly makes Series X more competitive with PS5, and the $300 Series S is a wildcard, but Sony has hurricane force wind strength heading into this new generation, so Microsoft will have to keep making the case for its junior and senior next-gen consoles over the next two months (and coming year).

Wild night over here. More to come.

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