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  1. Ever since Microsoft announced pricing and release dates for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, we’ve known that the company is planning to open up pre-orders for both consoles on September 22nd. If the PlayStation 5 has taught us anything, it’s that precise timing will likely be crucial for those who want to secure an Xbox Series X/S pre-order as soon as possible. Microsoft has now confirmed when pre-orders will open up on September 22nd, so get ready to set your alarms and mark your calendars. The time to write down is 11 AM EDT/8 AM PDT on the morning of the 22nd, Microsoft has confirmed to us. Retailers that will be offering Xbox Series X/S pre-orders include GameStop, Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Microsoft’s own online store. If you’re planning to try to pre-order a console for yourself, you might want to make sure you’re ready to place your order right at 11 AM on the 22nd, because they’re likely to sell out very quickly. Indeed, pre-orders opened for both models of the PlayStation 5 yesterday, shortly after Sony revealing pricing and release date information in its PS5 Showcase. It didn’t take long at all for a number of retailers to report that they were sold out of pre-orders, and we’re expecting Xbox Series X/S orders to go similarly fast. For Microsoft, the next generation will be comprised of two separate consoles. The company’s flagship console will be the Xbox Series X, which will cost $499.99 at release and will target 4K gaming at up to 120fps. The second console, Xbox Series S, could be something of a wild card, as it’s a fair amount less powerful than both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. With a price tag of $299.99 – significantly less than both flagship consoles – it could find an sizable audience among those who want a step up from current-gen hardware but don’t want to commit $500. Microsoft’s two new consoles will be launching on November 10th, followed very closely by the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition on November 12th. That second week in November is going to be a big one, and the console that comes out on top with early adopters could be down to which company can fulfill the most pre-orders. source
  2. Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S pricing detailed, launches November 10th Microsoft has already revealed a fair bit about the Xbox Series X including its detailed specifications. The only aspects of the gaming console that still remain unknown are its price and exact retail availability date. A report from Windows Central has now revealed the pricing of not just the Xbox Series X but that of the Xbox Series S as well. The Xbox Series X will cost $499, with Microsoft also offering a $35/month Xbox All Access financing option. As for the Xbox Series S, it will cost $299 and there will also be a $25/month All Access financing option. The pricing definitely makes the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles a very tempting option, especially for the hardware they offer. Both consoles are scheduled to launch on November 10, 2020, and Microsoft will soon hold a press event detailing their price and availability. Microsoft has not talked much or even officially confirmed the Xbox Series S. Today though, we also get a glimpse at the machine's design which is notably smaller and more compact than the Series X. The cheaper console is known as Lockhart and will have the same horsepower as the Xbox One X. From the design, it also looks like the Series S will lack a physical disc drive. The report says that Microsoft will be heavily pushing the All Access financing program this time around and launch it in more markets globally. The consoles should also launch simultaneously in global markets where the Xbox One series is already available. Render: Thurrott, Source: Windows Central Update: Microsoft has now confirmed the Xbox Series S and $299 pricing. Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S pricing detailed, launches November 10th
  3. Microsoft is just a few weeks away from launching its two next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S. The two consoles differ significantly in terms of raw graphical power and price, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer expects the least powerful of the two to sell better. In an interview with Kotaku, Spencer is asked about his thoughts on console sales during the upcoming holiday season. With stock limited and the appetite for new hardware outstripping potential supply, Spencer expects the Xbox Series X to take an early lead. He does not, however, expect that to be the case over the course of the generation. "I think, over the generation, our expectation would be that price really matters and that you would see the Series S sell more," Spencer stated. Spencer also believes that at the outset, market share is going to be determined solely by the ability to supply enough consoles for the market. Referring to both Xbox and its main competitor this year, the PlayStation 5, Spencer says that early adopters will likely empty shelves faster than both Microsoft and Sony can stock them. It wouldn't be strange for the Xbox Series X to outsell the Series S early on, however. Core players will likely be drawn to the more powerful system, and they're the ones who were prepared to purchase consoles as soon as they were put on sale. With regards to the performance disparity between the Xbox Series X and Series S, Spencer says he understands some comments from developers worried about its reduced RAM, but notes that the PC market is evidence of how games can scale well across a range of configurations. He also mentions how the Series S can sometimes load games faster, thanks to the reduced size and resolution of the assets it uses for games. The Xbox Series X and Series S launch on November 10, for $500 and $300 respectively. A list of launch titles has also been released, with special mentions for titles making use of Microsoft's Smart Delivery cross-generation program. Source
  4. Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging The second, cheaper next-gen Xbox gets a name Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling its second, cheaper next-gen Xbox console this month, and it looks like it will definitely be called Xbox Series S. The Verge has obtained photos of Microsoft’s new next-gen Xbox controller in white, complete with packaging that mentions the Xbox Series S. Twitter user Zak S was able to purchase the controller today, and we’ve confirmed it’s genuine. The new controller was sold on a resale site today, and the side of the packaging notes that the controller works with both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. Microsoft has not officially unveiled an Xbox Series S yet, nor has the company even confirmed a white Xbox Series X controller. Xbox Series S on the packaging. A mysterious white Xbox Series X controller also appeared online last month, complete with the new D-pad, textured triggers, and new share button. This new leak matches the previous controller leak, and retail packaging suggests that these could be appearing in stores soon. The Xbox Series S will likely be Microsoft’s second cheaper next-gen Xbox, that’s been codenamed Lockhart. A Microsoft document, leaked back in June, shed some further light on the company’s plans for two next-gen consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X devkit, codenamed “Dante,” allows game developers to enable a special Lockhart mode that has a profile of the performance that Microsoft wants to hit with this second console. The Lockhart console is expected to include 7.5GB of usable RAM, around 4 teraflops of GPU performance, and ship with the same CPU found on the Xbox Series X. Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling the Xbox Series S some time in August, and it will likely play a big part of the company’s Xbox All Access subscription plans that bundle an Xbox console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass) for a monthly fee. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to comment on the next-gen Xbox controller leak, and we’ll update you accordingly. Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging
  5. Microsoft publishes known issues for Xbox Series X|S Microsoft's next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X|S, are set to launch tomorrow, November 10. As we lead up to the launch, Microsoft has revealed a list of bugs and issues you might run into on your new consoles when you get them in your home. Perhaps the most notable issue is that you may experience corrupted images or no signal on your TV if you set the console to 4K resolution at 120 frames per second with variable refresh rate enabled. This can happen even if your TV supports this input, and the issue affects TVs from LG, Samsung, and Vizio. Updating the firmware on your TV might help, but you may have to settle for a lesser image mode if it doesn't. Here are the potential workarounds described by Microsoft: Update to the latest firmware on your TV If using an LG TV - https://www.lg.com/us/support/software-firmware-drivers If using a Samsung TV - https://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads/ If using a Vizio TV - https://support.vizio.com/s/firmware-search If the issue still persists, also consider trying the following: Configure the console for 4K/60 with VRR by going to Setting> General> TV & display options> Video Modes> check the box for Allow variable refresh rate. Configure the console for 4k/120 with no VRR by going to Setting> General> TV & display options> Video Modes> uncheck the box for Allow variable refresh rate. The resolution and refresh rates are found under “Display” in TV & Display options. If you wish to experience 120hz and VRR, please configure for 1080p/120hz VRR or 1440p/120hz VRR by Setting> General> TV & display options> Video Modes> check the box for Allow variable refresh rate. The resolution and refresh rates are found under “Display” in TV & Display options. If you are experiencing a corrupted image, here are your workarounds to reverting back to a safe video mode: Restart your console and configure your video modes to one of the listed options above. If you're still experiencing a corrupted image after restart, disable VRR on the TV. Please consult your TV manufactures on how to do this. If the issue still persist after steps 1 and 2, perform the video mode reset sequence to get back to a safe state and configure for one of the two options above. To do this, follow the steps on this page here under “Your screen is blank after you turn on the console > Reset your display settings”. This might be a bit of a bummer if you're buying the console because of these new graphics capabilities, but for most people, it's unlikely you'll have a TV that supports this kind of video output right now. Microsoft also notes that HDR game captures may look too dark when recorded on the new consoles, but a fix is in the works. Another big new feature of Xbox Series X|S is Quick Resume, which lets multiple games be suspended in the background and resume instantly when you want to go back to them. This feature also has issues with "a select number" of games, so it may not work perfectly right now, but Microsoft is working on a fix on the platform level. There are other issues, too. First off, the EA Play app is not available for Xbox Series X|S yet, so you won't be able to use it. Your subscription will still work, however, and you can download free trials or games included in the subscription from the Microsoft Store. If you're more into media consumption, the BBC iPlayer app is also not available as of yet, though Microsoft announced last week that all media apps available on Xbox One would also work on the new consoles. Microsoft says it's working with its partners to add support for the new consoles to BBC iPlayer. Additionally, the PeacockTV app may display "occasional pixelated frames", but otherwise it should work as intended. A fix is also being worked on for this. Finally, you may see a black screen when trying to play a DVD or Blu-ray movie on the new consoles, but this should be fixed by removing the disc, restarting the console, and inserting the disc again. While some of these issues may be somewhat disappointing to see, they shouldn't detract from an otherwise solid evolution of the Xbox experience, which our own Rich Woods noted in his review of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft publishes known issues for Xbox Series X|S
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