Sep 8, 2020

Xbox Series S: Microsoft confirms price and release date

Microsoft has confirmed that it will release a second next-generation console after a leak prompted it to unveil the Xbox Series S. It said the machine would be the "Smallest Xbox ever" when released on 10 November in the US. Tweets about the launch on its UK and other European accounts omitted a date, indicating they will get it later. The company has yet to give a launch date or price for the larger and presumably more powerful Xbox Series X. Beyond a photo that appears to show a large air vent on the Xbox S's side, Microsoft has yet to reveal how exactly the console will differ from its larger sibling. The move might help Microsoft woo consumers who might otherwise wait for the price of the Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 machines to fall before deciding which platform to adopt. "The Xbox Series S in my view, represents a great value compromise in a world of ever-increasing costs for cutting-edge technology," commented Adam Campbell, founder of POC in Play, an organisation that promotes people of colour working in the gaming industry. Microsoft's announcement comes days before the launch of a service that will let subscribers play top-end Xbox games on Android smartphones.

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