Yesterday's leak, which revealed all the missing details about the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X ahead of time, left Microsoft with no other options, and the company made an official announcement.
Both new Microsoft consoles will be out simultaneously: pre-orders will open on September 22, and sales will begin on November 10. Suggested retail prices are $299 and $499 for the younger Xbox Series S diskless model and the older Xbox Series X model, respectively.
At the same time, Microsoft once again presented the junior console Xbox Series S, publishing several videos describing the new product's key features.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series S differs from the older model only in the GPU. The manufacturer assures that the Xbox Series S is four times more powerful than the Xbox One S.
Microsoft also confirmed that both consoles would be available for purchase through the Xbox All Access program. The program is designed for two years: for the Xbox Series X, the monthly fee is $35, and for the Xbox Series S, it’s $25. It will be available in 12 countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States). In 2021, Microsoft promises to connect Xbox All Access to more countries.
EA Play will be part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate & Xbox Game Pass for PC. It means that you can access old EA games, discounts, and demos of new titles at no additional cost. Access should be open on the eve of the Christmas holidays.
In terms of games, the company previously promised 50 cross gene games by the end of the year, in addition to a few exclusives like The Medium and a huge catalog of older games available through backward compatibility with all previous consoles. The new project launch line will include the Scandinavian action game Assassin's Creed Valhalla from Ubisoft.
Also, in the starting lineup, there will be a racing simulator DIRT 5. That is, as expected, Codemasters postponed the release date in time for the release of new Microsoft consoles.
In addition, Gears Tactics, Tetris Effect: Connected, and the free Watch Dogs Legion graphical update for Xbox Series X are coming on November 10.