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Xbox Series S console, release date, and price officially revealed

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Xbox Series S

Update:

And it’s official! Microsoft has confirmed that the DJ Hero peripheral above, is in fact the Xbox One S:

Original story follows below

The Xbox Series S has apparently been revealed, and as expected, it’s both cute and cheaper than its big brother the Xbox Series X. Also, your well-meaning grandmother is going to be so confused when she tries to buy you one for Christmas. According to the ever-reliable Thurrott reporter Brad Sams (backed up by industry insider Daniel Ahmad and Windows Central), this is what the Xbox Series S looks like, but take the image below with a pinch of salt as Microsoft has yet to even acknowledge the existence of the more budget-friendly console:

Smaller, discless and sporting a wicked-cool grill that looks like an intercom system. I like it! According to the report, the Xbox Series S will be priced at $299, which works out to just over R5000 in a straight conversion. So with tax and the usual daylight robbery by government, expect that price to increase to screw this I’ll import it from Amazon instead levels. Sams’ report also gave the Xbox Series X a price: $499, which is an entire Benjamin off from our initial claim that was accidentally leaked by Pringles. Both consoles will allegedly be launching on November 22.

Microsoft will apparently hold a press conference soon to formally announce the Xbox Series S, which the company will also use to hype up its All Access subscription service: $25 a month for the Xbox Series S, and $35 a month for the Xbox Series X. Team Green’s strategy is to go all in on subscriptions, because what the world needs now is another challenger to the likes of Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney +, or any of the other 73 billion services currently waging war as they seek to attract your attention and wallet.

November’s coming up quick though, so expect something to be announced sooner rather than later.

Last Updated: September 8, 2020

69 Comments

  1. This console war gets more interesting!Hopefully was this is announced officially the flood gates are gonna open!! As for the Series S, should be REALLY appealing! In terms of South Africa, I wonder it will be enough to own the brand power of the PS, being cheaper help TBF!

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  2. For the Emperor!

    September 8, 2020 at 07:53

    Tinfoil hat: perhaps the leaks are to measure market response to pricing…
    Which console will have the better looking Cyberpunk though? Still 85% sure I want to switch to PS for the next generation…

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    • Allykhat

      September 8, 2020 at 08:14

      Owning a PC and a PS5 will be the best of all worlds. All first party Xbox titles will be playable on PC, so thats PC and Xbox exclusives covered. Then you have the PS for the rest.

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        September 8, 2020 at 12:04

        Yeah, there’s nothing on the next gen boner that warrants a purchase… yet.

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        • Kenn Gibson

          September 8, 2020 at 13:09

          Except Gamepass. For the average gamer over a 100 games for R150 bucks a month on both my PC and Xbox?

          I am a PS fanboi and want the PS5, but on my limited budget, a cheaper console and then paying R150 a month for entertainment is a pretty good deal IMO.I have PS+ so it’s not actually much more than my current sub.

          I get play on my PC or in the comfort of my lounge.

          The only thing that PS has got on top of it for me is the exclusives. Those are pretty dang good

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          • Gavin Mannion

            September 8, 2020 at 13:18

            Gamepass could be what sends Microsoft to the top this generation… Exclusives are all good and well but the mainstream gamer wants FIFA, NBA, Fortnight, COD and the like and then this console becomes a no brainer

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 14:24

            I don’t think it’s the big selling point you’re making it out to be. They’ve had Gamepass running for the last year and a half and it hasn’t made a difference in the number of boners sold.

            What’s more important is ownership – that’s why Steam is still growing (even Epic Store is showing growth) because the licence to the games attached to your profile is YOURS. And, now you can even trade your games on Steam.

            Gamepass is basically a watered-down attempt to create a netflix for games, but gamers aren’t like music lovers or film lovers. We still want ownership.

          • Aussious

            September 8, 2020 at 18:44

            Lol still the Xbox hater I see, your point about ‘Boners’ sold not sure were you getting the numbers from in regards to units sold because I’m sure you know MS doesn’t release those numbers, on that same point Xbox is trying to convert the existing user base rather than use GamePass to sell One S’s and One X’s, that’s a brand new strategy for the next gen and lastly your point about ownership is purely subjective unless there’s numbers that I don’t know about and to your point people can still own games and have GamePass, having Netflix doesn’t prevent you form having a movie collection what it does do it makes your choice easier in regards to what to buy for keeps vs just playing something on GamePass.

          • Aussious

            September 8, 2020 at 18:44

            Lol still the Xbox hater I see, your point about ‘Boners’ sold not sure were you getting the numbers from in regards to units sold because I’m sure you know MS doesn’t release those numbers, on that same point Xbox is trying to convert the existing user base rather than use GamePass to sell One S’s and One X’s, that’s a brand new strategy for the next gen and lastly your point about ownership is purely subjective unless there’s numbers that I don’t know about and to your point people can still own games and have GamePass, having Netflix doesn’t prevent you form having a movie collection what it does do it makes your choice easier in regards to what to buy for keeps vs just playing something on GamePass.

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 14:14

            Yeah, but Gamepass isn’t perfect either. The games I want to play, are only on the service for a short time. They really need to sort that out. Some games are only on the service for a month. That’s not enough time.

            I’ve enjoyed Grounded, which I would never have bought, but most of the games on the service I’ve either already played on other platforms, and the current new selection is poor, I might just cancel it this month.

            It’s a cool concept though, but at the end of the time, I’d rather own a copy of a game than basically renting through a subscription service.

          • Kenn Gibson

            September 8, 2020 at 14:24

            I get it. My point is Gamepass is way better value for money than PS Plus. for hardly anything more money wise. I want that shiny new PS5 (and I will probably get it in a few years time) but the new Xbox seems like a pretty smart move from Microsoft.

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 14:34

            I suppose, but shouldn’t we be comparing apples to apples, rather apples to grapes? Xbox Live is basically competing with PS Plus; Sony doesn’t have anything remotely like Gamepass.

            And I don’t think we’ll get a version of it on PS5 – like I already mentioned, Gamepass isn’t the selling point or hook so many are trying to make it out to be.

            You never hear anyone say “Oh I’d like to get an Xbox because of Gamepass”. The only people I see raving about it are current owners of an xbox. The rest of the gamersphere couldn’t care less. Nintendo doesn’t bother with creating similar social platforms to PSN or Xbox Live, and on PC, Steam hasn’t even acknowledged it or even commented on having a similar subscription model. It sounds like it’s a business model that’s dead in the water.

          • Aussious

            September 8, 2020 at 18:45

            Really!? I think you and I inhabit different Gamerspheres, all I could hear last month was I rather get GamePass for PC and a PS5 from the Sony faithful and PC gamers. Headlines like GamePass is the true next gen were flying everywhere. Speaking of Steam didn’t Gabe himself express his interest in the Series X than PS5? So how is it dead in the water?

          • Aussious

            September 8, 2020 at 18:45

            Really!? I think you and I inhabit different Gamerspheres, all I could hear last month was I rather get GamePass for PC and a PS5 from the Sony faithful and PC gamers. Headlines like GamePass is the true next gen were flying everywhere. Speaking of Steam didn’t Gabe himself express his interest in the Series X than PS5? So how is it dead in the water?

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 9, 2020 at 11:19

            Probably, but I’m in a few discords at the moment with gamers from across the world. The groups aren’t Sony fanboi groups either.

            https://media1.giphy.com/media/4Zkzb6c3BydGpkuVME/giphy.gif

  3. Pieter Kruger

    September 8, 2020 at 08:21

    This settles it then, the Xbox Series S will replace my Xbox One S in my room(No 4K tv) Really hope the All Access program comes to South Africa though…..

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    • Aussious

      September 8, 2020 at 09:20

      You and me both, that would really be a game changer considering how well cellphone contracts do locally.

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    • MechMachine

      September 8, 2020 at 11:42

      Good grief, here I am struggling to afford a next gen console at all.

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        September 8, 2020 at 12:04

        Some people are very privileged….

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        • Insomnia is fun

          September 8, 2020 at 12:20

          And some simp for Microsoft

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 12:36

            …. you never simp for Microsoft. 🙁 That’s worse than being an EA or Activision simp.

        • MechMachine

          September 8, 2020 at 13:09

          I just find the extra cash I used to have doesn’t exist anymore.

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 14:03

            lol, that definitely disappears the second you get married and have kids….

  4. Aussious

    September 8, 2020 at 09:16

    I’m not sure were this notion of people being confused by names of electronic devices comes from, I mean people don’t seem to having a hard time telling an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max apart and those get released annually.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      September 8, 2020 at 09:52

      That’s great for you but I will 100% guarantee my mom wouldn’t know which is the best to buy between
      Xbox
      Xbox 360
      Xbox One
      Xbox Series S
      Xbox One S

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      • Aussious

        September 8, 2020 at 18:45

        Lol so what phone does your mother own?

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      • Aussious

        September 8, 2020 at 18:45

        Lol so what phone does your mother own?

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        • Gavin Mannion

          September 8, 2020 at 18:55

          I literally have no idea… last I helped she had an iPhone 8

          But comparing phones (200+) to consoles (3?) is stupid.

          So a kid wants a xmas present and your local store sells the mom a Xbox what now?

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          • Aussious

            September 8, 2020 at 19:15

            200+ vs. 3 options? You are right actually that is a stupid comparison, how difficult would be be considering there’s only 3 options and all 3 options priced very differently and there’s a giant sign that says NEW XBOX next to the console with arrows pointing at the box. NINTENDO and SEGA have been doing this for years since the 90s. NES, SNES, GameBoyPocket, GameBoyColor, NintendoDS, NintendoDSXL, Nintendo3DS, NintendoSwitch and NintendoSwitchLite etc…

    • Pieter Kruger

      September 8, 2020 at 10:46

      There’s basically only going to be 2 models available, the Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S…..and one will have a massive black dot on it so if anyone’s still confused I don’t know how to help them!

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        September 8, 2020 at 12:20

        I’m sure many elderly folk will confuse the Xbox Series S for a heater fan… :/ So many geriatrics will be lost during the winter of 2021 and 2022. 🙁

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        • Pieter Kruger

          September 9, 2020 at 10:34

          Just make sure your Grandma buys you the PS5 and not the PS5 Digital….

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 9, 2020 at 11:02

            I don’t think grandma would be confused with the PS5. It looks like a game console. She’d probably just be intimidated by those sexy curves and the very unnecessary wings on the side. Now the xbox series S… someone is going to try to heat their home with it… or think it’s a UPS, and be very sad during one of our many loadshedding eents.

  5. Kenn Gibson

    September 8, 2020 at 11:20

    I definitely prefer the PS5 to the XBox, but this may sway me to Xbox for the next few years until I can afford a PS5. I am not going to playing at 4k for quiet some time, so the lower power and price of the S, makes massive sense so that I can play next Gen Games.

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  6. Iskape

    September 8, 2020 at 11:42

    So, in SA rands, R6000 maybe!?

    Rumours are that tomorrow, Sony will be announcing an official release date and price for their PS5!

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    • Insomnia is fun

      September 8, 2020 at 12:20

      Can hear me credit card screaming already

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        September 8, 2020 at 12:36

        I’m fine, I’ve saved up for my PS5 already. I went over the expected R8000, so even if it comes in at a ridiculous R12 000. I’ll still be strutting towards checkout. https://media3.giphy.com/media/YiV17TSKvHydXHgtF6/giphy.gif

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        • Aussious

          September 8, 2020 at 18:25

          Then you still have to buy the games Jim…?

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 18:48

            And that’s where you sell some body fluids 😛

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 20:59

            That’s the one thing I’m not keen on – they’re trying really hard to convince everyone that new games should be $70 next gen. It basically means PC will become my main gaming platform. PS5 will be for the occasional Sony exclusive bought months after release, and my PS4 will still be there for the backlog.

  7. MechMachine

    September 8, 2020 at 11:46

    So, The Nvidia reveal has lead to a momentary pause in terms of my thoughts as to whether a new console is worth the money. The leap on the PC platform is substantial. More so than ever before. Add in the fact that this gen, I will need to sell my PS4 Pro, My One X and my VR ( Probably for a menial amount ) and still have to find money somewhere to make up the cash need simply to afford a new console. The last thing I would want to do is settle for a lesser version of either the PS5 or Series X.

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  8. Son of Banana Jim

    September 8, 2020 at 11:55

    Whoever is responsible for naming these consoles has to be special needs. Once again, the boner is saddled with a dumb name that’ll just confuse normies, and annoy hard-core gamers. Xbox series S and X ??? What is This? Pokémon DS releases?

    Having said that, the slim looks better than the stupid trash can version, but it still looks like something Microsoft made.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 8, 2020 at 12:13

      Like one of those cheap Chinese-made heater fans, you can buy on Takealot…

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  9. Insomnia is fun

    September 8, 2020 at 12:20

    Can the names be any more confusing?

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 8, 2020 at 12:20

      Why, can’t they just call it the Xbox 4 or better yet the Xbox 4k (for the big bulky skyscraper version)?

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      • Insomnia is fun

        September 8, 2020 at 12:20

        Because they want to confuse people into buying the wrong console and then buying the right one the second time ????????

        In all honesty I have no idea

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          September 8, 2020 at 12:20

          It’s almost like they’re trying to be cool… but they’re no Elon Musk!

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  10. Son of Banana Jim

    September 8, 2020 at 12:20

    What else does it look like?

    I think it looks like a
    a) heater fan
    b) a really cheaply-made Chinese speaker ….

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  11. Pieter Kruger

    September 8, 2020 at 14:03

    Wait Wait Wait…so for $299 you get a next gen console supporting full RDNA2 with hardware Ray Tracing, SSD, Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Variable Refresh Rates, Ultra-low latency, 4K game upscaling and 4K media playback that fully supports DX12u that will get bundled with Xbox Gamepass Ultimate?! MIND BLOWN!!

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    • Aussious

      September 8, 2020 at 19:29

      Dude Xbox is doing the exact opposite of what they did in 2013. Consumer friendly check, Most powerful console check, Games easily available check, Most affordable console option check and big triple A games check! Its the best time to support the brand you can play Xbox anywhere and anyway you wish, haven’t been excited about consoles since the 360…

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 8, 2020 at 16:31

      lol, if Microsoft put dog poop in a Microsoft-branded bag, Pieter Kruger would be excited and praise them for it.

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      • Pieter Kruger

        September 8, 2020 at 16:31

        You can “lol” as much as you like but that is just INSANE value for money! You should be happy with all todays’ news, it means the PS5 will now likely to come in at $399 standard edition and probably $349 for the SAD edition…everyone wins!

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          September 8, 2020 at 16:50

          lol $399 for the PS5 because the budget version of the Xbox Series X is $299?

          Now that is wishful thinking. There’s no way in hell, either the XBox Series X or the PS5 will be $399. NOT A DAMN CHANCE!!! The only reason that the XBox Series S is so low is because it’s a literal set top box – No optical drive, dependent on the internet and purely a digital box. It also sounds like it may be an attempt by Microsoft to push for Online- Only gaming again.

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          • Pieter Kruger

            September 8, 2020 at 16:50

            No, the same leak this morning said Xbox Series X will be $499, which easily leaves the PS5 to come in at $399 considering it’s hardware, UNLESS MS is already taking a huge knock at selling the Xbox Series X for $499…..which I doubt!

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 17:11

            We’ll find out soon but in any case, the PS5 isn’t competing with the Xbox Series S. That wouldn’t be fair to the S either, but it is a balsy move for Microsoft to split their market like this – especially at the start of the generation. You’d think they’d wait for the XBox Series X to establish itself first and THEN to introduce a slim version.

          • Aussious

            September 8, 2020 at 18:48

            $399 for the PS5 is Sony bleeding money for years on end, $499 maybe like what the Series X is rumored to be and $450 for the ‘digital edition’, either way Sony has made it clear the PS5 is expensive to produce, I seriously doubt they’ll be able to undercut Xbox price wise like they did in 2013…

          • Gavin Mannion

            September 8, 2020 at 18:44

            oh Jim… you’re being sad again….

            This is an amazing move for the consumer, optical drives are last gen tech and this is a huge step forward for gaming now. They tried before but it was too early, they may have hit it on the head now. The amount of people with always on consoles is 100x the amount they had before and they aren’t banning offline consoles. They’ve learned from their mistakes.

            You should too.,.. also, Trump is still an asshole

          • Gavin Mannion

            September 8, 2020 at 18:44

            oh Jim… you’re being sad again….

            This is an amazing move for the consumer, optical drives are last gen tech and this is a huge step forward for gaming now. They tried before but it was too early, they may have hit it on the head now. The amount of people with always on consoles is 100x the amount they had before and they aren’t banning offline consoles. They’ve learned from their mistakes.

            You should too.,.. also, Trump is still an asshole

          • Son of Banana Jim

            September 8, 2020 at 20:04

            Oh Gavin, you’re still an xbot. You were so close to becoming enlightened and now you’re back in the dark pit. No wonder you’re so obsessed with Donald. Deep down, you’re a closeted Trumpite. It might be time to switch off the Fox news, stop obsessing over Orange Number One. Hahahahah!

            https://media0.giphy.com/media/l0K4jLuVUvTjJ7kpG/giphy.gif

      • Aussious

        September 8, 2020 at 18:55

    • Aussious

      September 8, 2020 at 19:29

      Dude Xbox is doing the exact opposite of what they did in 2013. Consumer friendly check, Most powerful console check, Games easily available check, Most affordable console option check and big triple A games check! Its the best time to support the brand you can play Xbox anywhere and anyway you wish, haven’t been excited about consoles since the 360…

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  12. Mark Treloar

    September 8, 2020 at 18:12

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