Tech and gaming website Windows Central claims to have received details of Xbox Series X price and release date from unnamed sources.
In an article published on Monday, the website said Microsoft has been working on two next-generation Xbox consoles for a while now and the pricing scheme would be similar to the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.
Xbox Series S unveiled
Microsoft partially confirmed those rumours on Tuesday (8 September) by unveiling the Xbox Series S, which it dubbed the “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever.”
It offered to reveal more in a tantalising tweet: “Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise.” It listed the Xbox Series S price as $299 in the United States (US).
According to Windows Central, Microsoft plans to also offer the Xbox Series S on a $25-a-month Xbox All Access financing option.
Xbox Series X price
The Xbox Series X price will be $499 in the US, according to the sources. Fans can also get this more powerful console on a $35-a-month Xbox All Access financing option.
Prices for both consoles in South Africa, including for the Xbox All Access financing options, have not yet been revealed.
The Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X release date is said to be 10 November, 2020. International rollout, including in South Africa, is expected soon thereafter.
‘Most powerful console ever’
In a message, head of Xbox at Microsoft Phil Spencer billed Xbox Series X as “the most powerful console ever powered by our custom designed processor leveraging AMD’s latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures.”
He claims the console delivers “four times the processing power of an Xbox One” and its performance is “twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One.”
Fans can expect hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing for more dynamic and realistic environments, framerates of up to 120 frames per second, a new Quick Resume feature and vastly improved loading times.
“Xbox Series X is our fastest, most powerful console ever, designed for a console generation that has you at its centre. This means a high-fidelity gaming experience enclosed in a quiet and bold design, with the ability to discover thousands of games across four generations, all with more playing and less waiting,” Spencer said.