As Labour Day winded down on Monday, rumours began rumbling late evening with Brad Sams seemingly revealing an image of the Xbox Series S, the long-rumoured entry-level console in the newest Xbox series, codenamed Lockhart.
As it were, Sams began the conversation with Daniel Ahmad, a Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, later confirming the design to be real but the pricing was an estimate.
Not long after, Windows Central published an article corroborating the leak from earlier in the night. This new article included pricing for both the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X: $299 and $499. Microsoft also offers a $35 Xbox All Access financing for those interested.
And the release date swiftly followed pricing with both the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X launching on November 10, 2020. Pre-orders begin on September 22, 2020.
👀 Let’s make it official!
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $379.99 (ERP).
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— Xbox Canada (@XboxCanada) September 8, 2020
Over on the Canadian side with Xbox Canada, yesterday, we learned that the Xbox Series S will launch on November 10, and retails for $379 at launch. Early this morning, Xbox Canada delivered the news that we’ve all been waiting for; the Xbox Series X will launch on November 10 and will retail for $579.99 in Canada.
If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll now have access to EA Play as well, according to this post on Xbox Wire.
The expansion of Xbox All Access to 12 countries, offering you a next generation Xbox and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting at $24.99 a month (price TBD in Canada), with no upfront costs.
This is the tweet…
Xbox Series X: $599.99 (ERP)
Xbox Series S: $379.99 (ERP)
Release date: November 10
— Xbox Canada (@XboxCanada) September 9, 2020
A second look at the Xbox Series S shows just how small the console is when compared to the Xbox Series X. It seemingly looks to be half the size of the Series X and includes no disc drive.
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020
Microsoft is smart to offer two different entry levels with their new console. The Xbox Series S is an affordable alternative for many consumers who want to upgrade but don’t need the bells and whistles of the Xbox Series X. With parents in mind around the holiday, the Xbox Series S will sell like fire because of the excellent entry price, kudos to Xbox.