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How Microsoft Xbox Series X launch will reshape gaming

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Xbox Series X finally has a launch date, and it’s the 10th of November, 2020. This is exciting news for gamers as Sony has also made the release date (12th of November) for the PlayStation 5 public. With the two gaming giants so close in terms of launches, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top and whose strategy will ultimately prevail.

However, that’s a battle for a different day. For now, all we can do is mull over the details that have been drip-fed to us in the past couple of days. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Xbox Series X.

The price

The price has been confirmed at a competitive rate of £449. Yes, nearly £500 for a console is a lot of money, and it’s a purchase you won’t make lightly, yet it’s in keeping with recent releases from both Microsoft and Sony. If anything, it’s a little more affordable than players and fans may have expected, which is a positive. However, if the Series X is out of your price range, you shouldn’t worry as MS is releasing the Series S, it’s new flagship console. Although smaller and less powerful, it’s an impressive piece of kit that will host the latest games and titles from Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda. At £249, it looks like value for money too.

Xbox Game Pass

Part of what makes the rivalry between Microsoft and Sony exciting is to analyse where both companies plan on taking the future of gaming. The PS5, with all its bells and whistles, is pretty traditional, whereas the Xbox Series X is carving out a different lane. Thanks to the release of the Xbox Game Pass, players will have a stream of titles and releases to play as soon as the X is set-up. All it takes is a subscription to the service, and the old way of gaming will have a trendy look that gamers are bound to love. Sony still believes the cost of developing games means they can’t do the same, so Microsoft seems to have stolen a march with the Series X.

Mobile technology

How can the latest Xbox pull a dramatic U-turn from the tried and tested method that has treated them well for decades? It’s due to the adoption of mobile tech. With mobile technology at the forefront of the Series X, subscribers can stream games directly to their Android smartphone or tablet via the Xbox app or xCloud. Whether users want free spins through their online casino offerings or the Bethesda titles from the notorious publisher, they can get them on-the-go. While the app and cloud aren’t the same, the effect is similar as long as you download the games you want to play on your mobile device to either server.

Backwards compatible

Xbox supporters will be glad to hear that the latest edition of the console is set to be ‘backwards compatible.’ This means as many as four generations of Xbox games will be playable on the Series X. Recently, the development in tech has increased the UX yet has left gamers feeling as if there is a lack of choice due to the incompatibility of previous generations. That won’t be the same with the Xbox Series X.

The launch is another in a long line of jabs by Microsoft to produce a knockout blow on its opponent. On the face of it, this console may do it.

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