Xbox confirms Australian Series S/Series X launch date and pricing

Series X

Following the announcement of its low-cost Series S console on Tuesday, Xbox has formally announced pricing on the higher-end Series X.

The Xbox Series X will retail for $499 in the US, in line with price points indicated in Tuesday’s leaks. This translates to $749 AUD, as announced by Xbox ANZ on socials earlier this morning. The Xbox Series S, coming in at USD $299, will arrive in Australia at $499.

Both consoles will launch on November 10, 2020. Preorders will kick off on September 22 at your nearest purveyor of fine video game accoutrement.

This will be the first time Xbox has launched high-end and entry-level consoles at the same time. Microsoft dropped a helpful spec guide to help buyers work out which machine will be right for them on the official blog.

The news then kept coming. Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will indeed launch, as predicted, on Xbox Series X and Series S, on November 10.

This was followed by the announcement that Xbox All Access, a program that allows users to get either of the new Xbox consoles on a fixed-term monthly contract, is coming to Australia. Plans start at $33 per month over 24 months and work similarly to that of a mobile phone contract. Xbox is working exclusively with Telstra locally on this program. You can find out more about that here.

But they still weren’t finished. To wrap up the day’s massive announcements, Xbox confirmed that EA Play, EA’s own subscription service, will be bundled into Xbox Game Pass later this year. At face value, this might seem like a small thing. It’s not. If EA releases this year’s installment of FIFA on Xbox Game Pass, that instantly makes the Series X and Series S compelling and affordable arguments for the game’s giant audience. It would be a huge get for Xbox.

PlayStation now becomes the lone holdout, with the PS5’s much-debated price point still unclear. With its main competitors out in the open, and the November release window looming, the pressure is now truly on. We should expect an announcement from Sony any day now.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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