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Microsoft confirmed both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S will release November 10, 2020 – with pre-orders opening on September 22, 2020.

The day is almost here gaming fans, it is XBox Next-Gen Eve, and I have to say I am super excited about this newest release. Here are a few key facts about both the new XBox Series:

  • What is it? Xbox Series X will be the next-gen Xbox console.
  • Xbox Series X release date: November 10, 2020.
  • What can I play on it? Loads of games! Including Halo Infinite, Hellblade 2 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with much more to come.
  • What will the Xbox Series X cost? $499 / £449 / AU$749.
  • Can I play Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X? Yep! All previous generations of Xbox games will be playable through backwards compatibility.
  • Is the Xbox Series X better than PS5? You can check out all the key similarities and differences in our PS5 vs Xbox Series X comparison piece.
  • Will the Xbox Series X support Xbox One accessories? Yep! Microsoft has confirmed all existing Xbox One accessories will be supported on Xbox Series X.
  • Will Xbox Series X have VR? Microsoft has confirmed Xbox Series X won’t have VR at launch, with Xbox boss Phil Spencer saying the company is waiting until Xbox VR is a “no-brainer”.

November is historically when we’ve seen new Xbox consoles launch and a release at the start of the month gives consumers time to get those orders in before Christmas. Releasing in November also allows the Xbox Series X to launch ahead of upcoming AAA titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War which are all due to release in mid-to-late November, while also avoiding the launch being lost in the shuffle of Black Friday – which falls two weeks later.

That said, we now know the Xbox Series X price and release date: $499 / £449 / AU$749 on November 10, 2020. Microsoft has also confirmed that its flagship console will launch alongside the less expensive, Xbox Series S, which will cost $299 / £249 / AU$499. 

But what are you getting for your money? The Xbox Series X design goes against the grain compared to previous Xbox consoles, making it look similar to a small gaming PC – which is fitting considering it’s on par with one. Thanks to Microsoft giving us the Xbox Series X’s full specs, we can say for sure that the new Xbox is an absolute powerhouse. If you are interested in more details, go to https://www.techradar.com/news/xbox-series-x, but the short of it is that the new Xbox is rocking an eight-core AMD Zen 2 processor running at 3.8GHz and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 12 TFLOPs of processing power, as well as 16GB of GDDR6 memory.

When it comes to other Xbox Series X features, the next-gen console will have ray-tracing, a super-fast SSD, and potential 8K capabilities, while also being backwards compatible with four generations of Xbox games which makes it a great deal when you don’t have to put your favorite game from the past in the closet or keep old consoles if you just want to play certain games.

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Microsoft is also releasing an Xbox Series X controller to accompany its next generation console. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will apparently be more accessible to everyone, as Microsoft has made an effort to refine the size and shape. 

This shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone that’s been following the tech giant, as it’s been making waves for accessibility in gaming for a while now with products like the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Along with enhanced accessibility, we’ll also be getting a dedicated share button (finally) that will let you share screenshots and videos with your friends.

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Spokesmayne; TechRadar, Microsoft.com