Microsoft has beaten Sony to unveiling the price of its next-generation games consoles, announcing aggressive prices for its upcoming Xboxes.
The company’s two next consoles, the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, will cost £250 and £450 respectively when they are released on November 10.
Microsoft said both consoles will be immediately available under its “All Access” programme, in which gamers pay a monthly subscription for access to the console as well as its online gaming and game subscription service, Game Pass Ultimate. This will cost £20.99 a month for the Series S, or £28.99 for the Series X.
The addition of a lower-priced console at launch is unusual for games companies, which have traditionally added a cheaper version at a later date. Microsoft is seeking to get the new generation into as many households as possible, after the mediocre original launch of the current Xbox One generation.
The Xbox One has been significantly outsold by Sony’s PlayStation 4, which has partially been attributed to the latter’s lower cost at launch. The Xbox One cost £429 when it first went on sale, compared to the PS4’s £349. Sony has not set a price or release date for its next-generation PS5, although it has said the console will be on sale this year.