After months and months of wondering, we now know the answer to one of the biggest questions of the year. No, not whether we can convince people to wear masks, but how much the Xbox Series X will cost and when we can buy it. The answer? $499, and it goes on sale November 10.
Anyone eager to stake their claim for a new console can make a pre-order from September 22, presumably from their outlet of choice. There will be a cheaper model in the form of the Xbox Series S as well, costing just $299. That again will launch on November 10 with pre-orders kicking off on September 22.
All eyes are on the bigger, badder, more costly Xbox Series X, though. The new console certainly has the specs to make this generation an interesting one.
Starting out with the specifications, we have a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU that has eight cores that all run at 3.8GHz apiece. Graphics are handled by a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU that boasts 12 teraflops and 52 compute units that are both clocked at 1.825GHz. The specs are rounded out with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a 1TB custom NVMe SSD.
Back to that Xbox Series S and things are still impressive. Albeit a little less so, being the lower-powered sibling. Lacking an optical disc drive, the Series S is targeted more towards those looking to play games at a resolution of 1440p at 60fps, but with further support for 120fps. However the refresh rate will be variable, but if that sounds underwhelming, you will have ray tracing available. Interesting to note that the Series S is powered by the same CPU found in the Series X, and a 512GB storage, be it an SSD, may not prove to be enough in the long run.
And that’s the key here. By offering two different consoles with two different specifications and two prices, Microsoft ensures that it’s covering two different ends of the market. And that, right there, isn’t a bad idea at all.
Something else that isn’t a bad idea is the option to buy an Xbox Series X and Series S via an Xbox All Access subscription. You’ll pay $34.99 and $24.99 per month respectively over a period of 24 months. You’ll also get access to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate game library as part of the deal as well.
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