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The Xbox Series S will launch for $299 USD on November 10

27 comments

  1. [4]
    psi
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    For comparison: Year MS Console Launch Price PS Console Launch Price 2019 Xbox One S All Digital $249 - - 2017 Xbox One X $499 PS4 Pro $399 2016 Xbox One S $349 - - 2013 Xbox One $499 PS4 $399...

    For comparison:

    Year MS Console Launch Price PS Console Launch Price
    2019 Xbox One S All Digital $249 - -
    2017 Xbox One X $499 PS4 Pro $399
    2016 Xbox One S $349 - -
    2013 Xbox One $499 PS4 $399
    2005/2006 Xbox 360 $299 PS3 $499
    7 votes
    1. wakamex
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      sounds like they're fully embracing the "lose money on the hardware, but make up for it with software" concept, maybe now that their online platform is more well-established, and online purchases...

      sounds like they're fully embracing the "lose money on the hardware, but make up for it with software" concept, maybe now that their online platform is more well-established, and online purchases are way more common than in 2017

      4 votes
    2. [2]
      babypuncher
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      I'm being nit-picky, but the 360 launched in 2005 and the One S launched in 2016.

      I'm being nit-picky, but the 360 launched in 2005 and the One S launched in 2016.

      3 votes
      1. psi
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        Whoops, fixed.

        Whoops, fixed.

        2 votes
  2. [4]
    krg
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    At this point, the only reason I’d want a console is for it to act as a glorified Blu-ray, so can’t say these drive-less devices do anything for me. I hope they continue having a physical-media...

    At this point, the only reason I’d want a console is for it to act as a glorified Blu-ray, so can’t say these drive-less devices do anything for me. I hope they continue having a physical-media option in future generations, though. Many movies deserve the higher bit-rate Blu-ray affords.

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      TildeMan
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      I don't understand, why wouldn't you just buy a Blu ray player?

      I don't understand, why wouldn't you just buy a Blu ray player?

      1. krg
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        4k Blu-ray players are fairly expensive, so I figure I might as well spend a few more dollars and get some console features while I'm at it. I feel like their user-interfaces would be more...

        4k Blu-ray players are fairly expensive, so I figure I might as well spend a few more dollars and get some console features while I'm at it. I feel like their user-interfaces would be more responsive than a dedicated Blu-ray player due to better processing power...but that may be an unfounded thought.

        7 votes
      2. tildez
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        Last I checked, a comparable blu-ray player was similarly priced as the current Xbox at the time. But yeah if you're not going to use the Xbox for gaming I dunno why you'd get one.

        Last I checked, a comparable blu-ray player was similarly priced as the current Xbox at the time. But yeah if you're not going to use the Xbox for gaming I dunno why you'd get one.

        3 votes
  3. [6]
    dubteedub
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    I have to admit that I am entirely confused by the Xbox naming strategy. Is this a next-generation console for Microsoft, or is this a downgrade from their current system? What is the actual name...

    I have to admit that I am entirely confused by the Xbox naming strategy. Is this a next-generation console for Microsoft, or is this a downgrade from their current system? What is the actual name of their current and planned next-generation console?

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      psi
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      Confusion is the correct response. I own a current gen Xbox, and I still get confused about the names. To answer your questions: This is the next-generation Xbox console. Microsoft has announced...

      Confusion is the correct response. I own a current gen Xbox, and I still get confused about the names. To answer your questions:

      This is the next-generation Xbox console. Microsoft has announced two variants: the regular version (the Xbox Series X) and the cheaper, less powerful, digital-only Xbox Series S (featured here). However, the Xbox Series S will likely be at least as powerful than any currently available Xbox (including the $500 Xbox One X), which makes this price point kind of amazing -- I doubt anyone could build an equivalent PC for this price.

      7 votes
      1. Ellimist
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        Not even close. Not for 299 or even 499. Not if the Series S and X perform to the levels Microsoft is advertising

        I doubt anyone could build an equivalent PC for this price

        Not even close. Not for 299 or even 499. Not if the Series S and X perform to the levels Microsoft is advertising

        3 votes
    2. TheJorro
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      I'm so curious to see how the Xbox versions will be received by the general public via retail. I've long held a theory that a big factor of the Wii U's failure was its confusing naming scheme...

      I'm so curious to see how the Xbox versions will be received by the general public via retail. I've long held a theory that a big factor of the Wii U's failure was its confusing naming scheme (alongside terrible visual marketing), this will be the second (and probably weirder) opportunity to see that play out.

      3 votes
    3. danpker
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      Yeah I didn't understand what generation this was for at first. At least Playstation has a pretty clear naming convention.

      Yeah I didn't understand what generation this was for at first. At least Playstation has a pretty clear naming convention.

      2 votes
    4. moonbathers
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      It seems Microsoft has taken over Nintendo's duty of giving their consoles amusing/confusing names.

      It seems Microsoft has taken over Nintendo's duty of giving their consoles amusing/confusing names.

      2 votes
  4. [5]
    DougM
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    So I am strictly a Stadia player, but this might be too good to turn down.

    So I am strictly a Stadia player, but this might be too good to turn down.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      wakamex
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      you use Stadia and you like it? all I've heard from reviewers is how terrible it is. don't you have to re-buy your games library?

      you use Stadia and you like it? all I've heard from reviewers is how terrible it is. don't you have to re-buy your games library?

      8 votes
      1. DougM
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        There is absolutely a bias against it that was likely created at its beginning - and well deserved. Since then, they have significantly solved the issues and the platform is great. Unfortunately...

        There is absolutely a bias against it that was likely created at its beginning - and well deserved. Since then, they have significantly solved the issues and the platform is great. Unfortunately they are stuck with that image and a lot of it is pushed from individuals who have never tried it.

        I didn't have to re-buy my games library because I never had a games library to begin with. Also, I'm really only buying games as they are being released so it's no different than if I were on a different console.

        I absolutely love it.

        8 votes
    2. [2]
      moocow1452
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      May want to wait and see what their Xcloud solution is before you commit. As I understand it, it's rolled into Gamepass Ultimate and you can probably just sign up to that whenever you want to play...

      May want to wait and see what their Xcloud solution is before you commit. As I understand it, it's rolled into Gamepass Ultimate and you can probably just sign up to that whenever you want to play one of those games on your cellular tellular, and not have to get new hardware.

      1. DougM
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        If I were to do that, I'll likely just stick with Stadia.

        If I were to do that, I'll likely just stick with Stadia.

        2 votes
  5. [6]
    JXM
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    Does Sony offer a version of the PS4 without a disc drive? I don't think they do.

    Both [Sony] and Microsoft already offer "all digital" versions of their current consoles.

    Does Sony offer a version of the PS4 without a disc drive? I don't think they do.

    2 votes
    1. [4]
      Akir
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      They do, and have shown both versions already.

      They do, and have shown both versions already.

      2 votes
      1. psi
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        There will be a variant of the PS5 without a disc drive, but I don't think Sony sells a PS4 without one.

        There will be a variant of the PS5 without a disc drive, but I don't think Sony sells a PS4 without one.

        4 votes
      2. JXM
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        For the PS5, yes. But the article specifically mentions "current generation", which isn't correct.

        For the PS5, yes. But the article specifically mentions "current generation", which isn't correct.

        1 vote
      3. DougM
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        I don't believe they do. I just searched for it and couldn't find anything that comes up. I found a PS5 but no PS4.

        I don't believe they do. I just searched for it and couldn't find anything that comes up. I found a PS5 but no PS4.

    2. psi
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      As far as I'm aware, you're correct. Obvious oversight from the BBC. Edit: they corrected the article.

      As far as I'm aware, you're correct. Obvious oversight from the BBC.

      Edit: they corrected the article.

  6. sron
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    In the UK: Series X: £449 / £28.99 a month with All Access Series S: £249 / £20.99 a month https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-all-access Our prices include 20% tax. Equivalent to US $467 / $259...

    In the UK:
    Series X: £449 / £28.99 a month with All Access
    Series S: £249 / £20.99 a month

    https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-all-access

    Our prices include 20% tax. Equivalent to US $467 / $259 without it.

    1 vote