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Xbox Series X launches Nov. 10 for $499

The date was leaked in early September

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front left angle shot of Xbox Series X with controller standing in front of the console’s bottom right corner Image: Microsoft
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, will be released on Nov. 10, Microsoft announced on Wednesday. Microsoft also confirmed the price of Xbox Series X: $499. Pre-orders will open on Sept. 22.

As part of Wednesday’s announcement, Microsoft also said it will expand Xbox All Access program to 12 countries. This program essentially allows players to purchase a console and Xbox Game Pass on a monthly payment program — $24.99 a month. Xbox All Access will be available in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. Specific retailer information is available on the Xbox website.

Microsoft’s localized Xbox Twitter accounts have also been tweeting regional pricing: In the U.K., the Xbox Series X will cost £449 and the Xbox Series S will cost £249. In Europe, the Xbox Series X will cost €499, and Xbox Series S will cost €299.

As another next-gen benefit, Microsoft will partner with Electronic Arts to provide all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC players an EA Play membership, according to a news release.

The Seattle-based company announced the holiday 2020 release window in December 2019 at The Game Awards in Los Angeles. Since then, Microsoft has been slowly revealing new information about the console — but this is the first concrete news we have on an exact release date. With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying manufacturing across most industries, Microsoft appears to be certain its console launch won’t be affected.

News of the release date was first reported by Windows Central on Sept. 7. The report came following another leak that Microsoft later confirmed, on the existence and price of the Xbox Series S, Microsoft’s lower-priced next-gen console. Both consoles will be released simultaneously, giving options to next-gen players. The Xbox Series X is the flagship console, while the Xbox Series S is smaller and disc-less. Microsoft published more details about the Xbox Series S in its Wednesday announcement, confirming that it’s an all-digital console.

“Developing two consoles in parallel from the beginning enables us to deliver the most powerful console ever in Xbox Series X and make next-gen gaming available and affordable to more players on day one with Xbox Series X,” Microsoft said.

Since the Xbox Series X announcement, Microsoft has been promising “the future of console gaming,” with the next-gen machine setting “a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility.” Players are excited to see what, exactly, that means for the company.

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