Microsoft announced early Wednesday that the Series X will be arriving on November 10, and available for preorder on September 22. The Series X will retail for $499 and will clearly be a major product for this holiday season. The product will arrive in twelve countries in November, with more to come later on.
The console can also be purchased through Xbox All Access program, in which users can pay $34.99 a month for 24 months for the console, Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
The Series X is not to be confused with the Series S, which is marketed as the smallest Xbox ever, and will retail for $299, also becoming available on November 10. That series is described by Microsoft in a press release as “an all-digital, next-gen console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming—faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds—in our smallest, sleekest Xbox ever.”
“The future of gaming has never been more inspiring,” Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s lead executive for Xbox, wrote in a letter this week. “Creativity in games is flourishing. New services empower you to discover more games—and bring you closer to the games and creators and streamers you love. The cloud creates a massive opportunity to stream console-quality games and play with the people you want, wherever you want. And for many of us, nothing is more inspiring than the dawn of a new console generation.”
Microsoft has said that the new Xbox generation will offer backwards compatibility with older games, and that, per a Spencer blog post, “it’s our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console.” Microsoft has also vowed to emphasize diversity and inclusion in the newest generation of its games.
The Xbox Series X is part of the fourth generation of the Xbox, following the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, and is part of the overall ninth generation of gaming consoles.
Microsoft announced this summer that it has discontinued production on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, as it prepared to bring out the newest generation. The Xbox One S, however, remains.
“Gaming has evolved in the last decade to make it easier, simpler and more affordable for any player to make that first connection with a new world, a new story, or a new friend,” the company added in its release. “With a family of next-gen Xbox consoles, even greater variety and value with Xbox Game Pass, and an expansion to Xbox All Access, we invite everyone to join us for this next generation of gaming.”
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.