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08th Sep 2020

Microsoft reveals what Xbox Series S looks like and how much it will cost

Wil Jones

The smallest Xbox ever

Microsoft have finally unveiled the Xbox Series S, the cheaper, less powerful sister console to the upcoming Series X.

After details of the console leaked, Microsoft decided to officially reveal info about the machine on Twitter.

The company said that the Xbox Series S will offer “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever.”

The machine will retail for $299 in the US and £249.99 in the UK.

That is a fantastically good entry price for a next-gen console at launch. The PlayStation 4 launched at $399 in 2013, which is largely considered a big factor in its success over the Xbox One, which cost $499 on its release.

The image shows that it is a small, thin console, seemingly without a disc drive. It is also standing upright, and is a crisp white in comparison to the already-revealed Series X’s jet black.

According to Windows Central, the Xbox Series S will launch alongside the Series X on November 10, 2020. The site also reports the Series X will cost $499, $200 more than the Series S.

The Xbox Series S is intended to be a cheaper, more affordable version of the Series X, with less power and lower resolution outputs.

Sony have announced a similar deal for the PlayStation 5, with a machine without a disc driving being released alongside the regular model, presumably at a cheaper price point. The launch price of the the PlayStation 5 has not yet been revealed, however.

“The future of gaming has never been more inspiring,” writes Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, in a letter on the Xbox website regarding their new consoles. “Creativity in games is flourishing. New services empower you to discover more games—and bring you closer to the games and creators and streamers you love. The cloud creates a massive opportunity to stream console-quality games and play with the people you want, wherever you want. And for many of us, nothing is more inspiring than the dawn of a new console generation.”