Xbox Series S: Microsoft officially announce next-gen console at very affordable price

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Microsoft have officially announced their new console the Xbox Series S, which is likely to be released the same day as the Xbox Series X.

The multinational technology company had already confirmed that their official four-generation console, the Series X, was due for a launch in November, but it now appears that both will arrive at the same time.

Indeed, the official Xbox Twitter account tweeted: “Xbox Series S. Next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever. Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise.”

This tweet also featured an image of the console itself, which demonstrated its black circular vent on a slim white body.

Thurrott’s technology journalist Brad Sams added: “This device appears to look closer to the Xbox One family of devices than the tower of the Series X.”

Unlike the Series X model, however, the Series S appears to not feature a disk drive and gamers will instead be downloading the content for the system digitally.

The Series S is also expected to feature a lot of the ‘next-gen’ features, like fast resuming multiple games and ray tracing.

Microsoft is also expected to offer its 'Xbox All Access' financial option, which enables players to spread the cost of an Xbox console and access to games over a 24-month period.

Main console rivals Sony, meanwhile, are still yet to officially confirm the pricing for their latest PlayStation 5, but it will be interesting to see how they respond to the news that Microsoft are in fact releasing both their next-gen consoles at the same time, as the Japanese technology company were also planning on launching at around the same time.

According to the website Windows Central, Microsoft will hold a press event soon to firm up its planned pricing for its new consoles as well as more specifics regarding the Series S.

Currently it is looking likely that it will be priced at around £230, compared with its more powerful Series X model, which is set to be roughly £380.

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