Update: Microsoft has confirmed the existence of Xbox Series S. The console will retail at $299 / £249.99. According to the tweet, it will also be “the smallest Xbox ever”.
? Let’s make it official!
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise. pic.twitter.com/8wIEpLPVEq
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020
Xbox South Africa has also confirmed that the Xbox Series S console will be available in South Africa. Unfortunately, there is no rand value added to the announcement.
? Let’s make it official!
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever.
— Xbox South Africa (@XboxZA) September 8, 2020
Microsoft also confirmed the November 10 release date for the Xbox Series S in a brand new trailer:
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After months and months of speculation, it seems that we might finally have an answer to the question of how much the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will cost.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S leak comes via Windows Central’s Jez Corden and Zac Brown. Although these rumours should always be taken with a very large pinch of salt, it is important to mention that both Corden and Brown can be considered very reliable sources.
According to the leak, Microsoft’s flagship console, the Xbox Series X, will retail for $499 and entry-level Xbox Series S will retail for $299.
Having a cheaper console that comes at a more affordable price is a smart move and one that is sure to be welcomed by more cash-strapped gamers.
Both consoles will have Xbox All Access financing available, which Microsoft will make available via various retailers. This could make next-gen consoles more affordable for gamers as the world economy as a whole has suffered a lot thanks to the recent pandemic.
While finally having an idea of pricing is great, what is even better is that the leak also reveals that both consoles will be launching on the 10th of November 2020.
If this wasn’t enough, another leak – this time from Brad Sims – confirmed that the Xbox Series S does indeed exist and gives us a look at its design, which differs quite a lot from its more powerful brother, the Xbox Series X.
The leaked video appears to be for promotional purposes and confirms that the cheaper console will indeed not have a disc drive.
The console is also small enough to fit into the large Xbox Series X and is said to be a tad more powerful than the Xbox One X. Unfortunately, it will not be able to run at 4K, unlike the Series X console.
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020
Sony is also planning to release two versions of the PlayStation 5, the flagship model and a disc-less version.
With no prices for both consoles confirmed yet, PlayStation and Xbox fans have been slowly growing impatient as the rumoured release dates for next-gen consoles draw nearer.
Expect more leaks to appear in the wild as we near the inevitable release of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles.