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[XBOX] The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, new consoles from Microsoft, are due out at the end of the year. Here’s what we know about their prices, performance, features and specifications.

The Xbox Series X is the next generation of console Xbox by Microsoft, after Xbox One. It premiered on December 12, 2019 and is due out, like its rival the PS5, for the end of year celebrations. More powerful, the Xbox Series X also embeds new technologies (Variable Fresh Rate, Variable Rate Shading, Ray Tracing…) which will improve the sharpness and the refresh rate of the images as well as better rendering of light effects. Another new feature, Quick Resume will allow players to pause a game in mid-game, then resume immediately later without loading, even after turning off the console or starting another game.

The Xbox Series X costs 499 euros. Its less powerful version without a Blu-Ray drive, the Xbox Series S, is sold for 299 euros.

The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S will be released on November 10, 2020 in France and will be available for pre-order from September 22, 2020 at & all major retailers such as Micromania, Amazon, Carrefour or Fnac.

The Xbox Series X will be able to play all Xbox One games, as well as games from previous generations of consoles (Xbox 360 and Xbox) that were made compatible with the Xbox One by their developers.

The controller of the Xbox Series X. © Microsoft

The controller of the Xbox Series X is very similar to that of the Xbox One. Microsoft has made some ergonomic changes, in particular to make it more accessible to people with small hands. The directional cross has been revised to become a kind of hybrid between a classic directional cross, allowing movements in four directions (up, down, right, left) and a directional stick, offering greater freedom of movement . A content sharing button has also been added. It will be compatible with the Xbox One and with PCs running Windows 10. Conversely, the Xbox One controllers will be compatible with the Xbox Series X.

The Xbox Series S, also known as Xbox Lockhart, is a less powerful version of the Xbox Series X. It will allow you to play the same games, but with reduced performance, with a display up to 1440p and 60 fps, where the Xbox Series X promises to go up to 120 fps in 8k resolution. It will not ship a Blu-ray player. A reduced power which allows Microsoft to sell it 200 euros cheaper than the Xbox Series X (299 euros).

For those who cannot afford to spend several hundred dollars at once, the new Xbox consoles can also be purchased as monthly payments via a two-year subscription to the Xbox All Access offer. It will cost 24.99 euros per month for the Xbox Series S and 34.99 euros for the Series X. This offer also gives access to a vast catalog of a hundred free video games, some of which will be playable in streaming. Xbox All Access will be available later this year in twelve countries, including France, where Fnac is the exclusive distributor of this program.

The great rivalry between Sony and Microsoft for the home console market continues with this new generation. Both devices, the Xbox Series X and the PS5, will be released around the same time, for the holiday season. One of the differentiators will obviously be their price. Although Sony has not yet communicated the prices of its two PS5s, the advantage seems to be on Microsoft’s side thanks to the Xbox Series S, admittedly less powerful, but also much cheaper, at 299 euros. A price on which Sony will not be able to match, since its PS5 Digital Edition will not compromise with the performance, separating only from its Blu-Ray player.

In terms of performance, the two consoles are close, but not equal. The Xbox Series X has a better processor (3.8 GHz against 3.5 for the PS5), as well as a slightly more powerful graphics card (12 TFLOPS of raw performance, against 10.28 on the PS5). Their RAMs are similar (16 GB of RAM). The Xbox Series X hard drive is a bit bigger (1TB) than the PS5’s (825GB), but is slower on the other hand, which could give the PS5 an edge on load times.

On the gaming side, Sony has always had the advantage and the PS5 will be no exception. A large list of exclusive titles developed by Sony or resulting from agreements with third-party studios has already been announced. For its part, the Xbox Series X is doing better than its previous versions, with a larger catalog of exclusives than before, but still leaner than that of the PS5.

List of Xbox Series X Exclusive Games Announced:

  • As Dusk Falls Avowed
  • Fable
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Halo Infinite
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
  • State of Decay 3
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Gunk
  • Warhammer 40,000 : Darktide

List of other announced Xbox Series X games:

  • 12 Minutes
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Atomic Heart
  • Avowed
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bright Memory : Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chorus
  • Control : Ultimate Edition
  • CrossfireX
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • Dirt 5
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dragon Quest XI S : Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
  • Dying Light 2
  • Echo Generation
  • Everwild
  • Exomecha
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics
  • Gods & Monsters
  • Gotham Knights
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Grounded
  • Hello Neighbor 2
  • Hitman 3
  • Hood: Outlaws & Legends
  • Just Dance 2021
  • Lego Star Wars : The Skywalker Saga
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer : System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Orphan of the Machine
  • Outriders
  • Planet Coaster : Console Edition
  • Pragmata
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
  • Recompile
  • Resident Evil Village
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Second Extinction
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
  • Sherlock Holmes : Chapter One
  • Suicide Squad : Kill the Justice League
  • Tell Me Why
  • Have got has got
  • The Ascent
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Lord of the Rings : Gollum
  • The Medium
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
  • Warframe
  • Warhammer 40,000 : Darktide
  • Warhammer : Chaosbane
  • Watch Dogs : Legion
  • Werewolf : The Apocalypse – Earthblood
  • WRC 9 : World Rally Championship
  • Yakuza : Like a Dragon

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