It’s been a massive week for Xbox. First, massive details surrounding the Xbox One S and their launch plans leaked. After last night though, we’ve heard it all from Xbox themselves, confirming the Xbox Series S, the cost of both consoles, when we’ll get our hands on them and more.
That’s not all though, as multiple announcements were sprinkled in. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.
The most powerful console that Xbox has ever created. The Xbox Series X acts as their premium console for the next generation, enabling developers to offer up to 4K resolution at 60FPS. It’s also capable of 120FPS gameplay, which games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Halo Infinite have been confirmed to feature.
Storage-wise, the Xbox Series X carries 1TB, with an expandable limit of a further 1TB. On the graphical side of things, It’ll carry 12.5 TFLOPS, compared to the Xbox Series S’ 4, meaning your games will look better on the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series X will retail for AUD $749.
The Xbox Series S is the digital-only (and more affordable) alternative to the Xbox Series X. Retailing at AUD $499, the console still boasts some impressive specs, although obviously not as powerful as its premium counterpart.
The console will also feature smaller storage capacity, carrying only 512GB as opposed to the 1TB that the Xbox Series X touts.
Xbox has taken a similar approach to Playstation in order to offer a cheaper alternative for consumers by removing the disc-drive and pushing for a digital future. It’s not the first time they’ve done this, as we’ve previously seen them launch the Xbox All-Digital in the past.
Australian’s haven’t adopted the all-digital approach as much as some other countries given our relatively poor internet speeds. It has seen growth though, and with the advent of Xbox Game Pass and its incredible value, now is a better time than ever to start pushing for it.
The Xbox Series S will retail for AUD $499.
Xbox Series X | Xbox Series S Specs Comparison
We already know how valuable Xbox Game Pass is for gamers. It’s easily one of the best services, if not the best service, to be introduced over the last generation. That being said, Xbox has somehow managed to make it even more valuable.
It might have been lost in the shuffle somewhat, but Xbox revealed that EA Play (formerly EA Access) would be integrated into Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass for PC later this year. The deal will see over 60 games from Electronic Arts integrated into the service, alongside the 10-hour trials available for their games.
Speaking of Xbox Game Pass for PC, it’ll also be generally available from September 17. As it moves into general availability though, that also means its introductory price will also be phased out, with the price increasing to better align with the Xbox Game Pass for Console subscription.
With the power of Xbox Backwards Compatibility, Xbox Game Pass is going to serve as a massive asset for early adopters of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. It’s expected that you’ll be able to play a majority of Xbox Game Pass titles that are available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the OG Xbox. They’ll even play better than they originally did!
Xbox previously announced a number of their Xbox One titles would also receive upgraded next-gen versions, with titles like Sea of Thieves, Gears Tactics and Ori and the Will of the Wisps being on the receiving end of this.
Xbox All Access
Another announcement that you’ll want to be aware of is the expansion of Xbox All Access – a plan that allows consumers to get an Xbox console on a 24-month plan.
It was available through Telstra here in Australia, and offerred up the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, however an upgrade plan for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S has now been revealed as well.
Cost-wise, you’ll be able to grab the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on a 24-month plan for AUD $46 and AUD $33 respectively. The deal will also come with 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is an absolute steal.
Xbox All Access is incredible value for gamers, so if you haven’t got the funds to buy an Xbox outright, you should definitely explore this as an alternative option.
With all of these announcements, even more games were confirmed for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch. The library is building up now, so check out a list of every confirmed title launching with the consoles below:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light
- Dirt 5
- Gears Tactics
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon