Microsoft has officially announced the price of its second next-generation console, the Xbox Series S, which is rumoured to be launching alongside the Series X.
Xbox was forced to make the announcement after the release date and prices for both consoles were leaked online earlier than intended.
It has been speculated that this second Xbox console will be a less powerful version of the Series X and will contain no disc tray.
Microsoft has revealed that the smaller entry-level Series S console will cost $299 (£249.99) and there will be an option to pay it off on a price plan of $25 (£19) per month.
The Xbox Series X will reportedly cost $499 (£379.84) and also have an option to pay it off in monthly instalments of $35 (£26).
According to the leaked information, the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles will be launching together in November.
In response to the leak, Xbox has now officially announced the Xbox Series S on Twitter.
This leak has also revealed that the consoles will both be launching as early as November 10, 2020.
Initially, the Xbox Series S console was leaked by tech news website Thurrot.com and it gave us the first look at Microsoft’s rumoured second console, which will just be a cheaper and possibly less powerful version of the Xbox Series X.
You can check out the video reveal below, which has not officially been unveiled by Microsoft, let alone announced by the company.
As you can see from the video, the Series S is much smaller than the X and it will not come with a disc drive. Windows Central reports that this cheaper console will also have fewer teraflops than the Series X which means it won’t be as powerful.
Xbox has since officially announced the Series S console on Twitter, but there is no mention of a release date to match up with the leaked information.
Confirmed by Xbox, this entry-level Series S will cost $299 (£249.99) and there will be an option to pay it off on a price plan of $25 (£19) per month.
The Xbox Series X will reportedly cost $499 (£379.84) and also have an option to pay it off in monthly instalments of $35 (£26), but this isn’t officially confirmed by Microsoft.
The prices for next-generation consoles have been debated throughout 2020 as people thought the price of the consoles were going to be astronomically high due to the powerful components going into the consoles.
Price points for the Xbox Series X and Series S, if these credible leaks are to be believed, are coming in at about the same price as the Xbox One S and One X console prices when these consoles were launched.
Despite Microsoft not being able to reveal this information itself, it will be interesting to see what Sony will do and if it will come forward to announce the price of the PS5.
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