A new generation of gaming is knocking on our door. Microsoft has unleashed the most powerful gaming console ever created, the Xbox Series X. Officially revealed in December of 2019, Microsoft slowly started to pull the curtain back on the next-gen console’s hardware, software and services.

From detailed hardware specs to a first look at next-gen games, there is a lot to be excited about. Sometimes keeping track of all the news can be difficult and daunting. To make things easier, we have created a one stop shop for all the latest and greatest news on Xbox Series X.

UPDATE NOV 5 2020:

 

**Updated October 15, 2020**

30 games fully optimized on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on launch day

Today, Xbox announced that Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch with 30 games fully optimized for the next-gen consoles. Included on in these games are some of the year’s biggest titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs Legion. In addition, other AAA games such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Gears Tactics, and Tetris Effect Connected will be fully optimized on day one. Additionally, 20 of the 30 launch games feature Smart Delivery, which means they are upgraded automatically.

In addition to these 30 games fully optimized for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S there will be even more games before the end of the year. Titles include Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Cyberpunk 2077 and The Medium to name a few.

Check out the list below off all 30 fully optimized games that will be available on launch, Nov. 10.

Day One Xbox Series X|S Optimized Titles

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
  • Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery)
  • Bright Memory 1.0
  • Cuisine Royale (Smart Delivery)
  • Dead by Daylight (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • DIRT 5 (Smart Delivery)
  • Enlisted
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer (Smart Delivery)
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Grounded (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • King Oddball (Smart Delivery)
  • Maneater (Smart Delivery)
  • Manifold Garden (Smart Delivery)
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Planet Coaster (Smart Delivery)
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • The Touryst (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • War Thunder (Smart Delivery)
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Smart Delivery)
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (Smart Delivery)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery)
  • Yes, Your Grace (Smart Delivery)

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-order date and time 

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be available for pre-order at Best Buy Canada on September 22, 2020 at 8AM PDT / 11AM EDT. Pre-orders will be limited, and we are expecting them to sell out very quickly. Please ensure that your Best Buy online account’s billing and shipping information are up to date prior to September 22.

Xbox Series X price and launch date confirmed

Announced earlier this morning from Xbox, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are launching on November 10, 2020. The Xbox Series S will retail for $379.99 and the Xbox Series X will retail for $599.99. In addition, a brand new video was posted that goes inside Xbox Series S.

Additionally, Xbox announced that EA’s online subscription service, EA Play, will be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC later this year, for no additional fee. Subscribers will be able to download 60 of EA’s titles, including FIFA 20, Titanfall 2, Star Wars Battlefront, Mass Effect, Skate and The Sims franchises. Furthermore, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play select titles via Xbox’s streaming service Project xCloud.

Quite possibly the best news announced this morning is that pre-orders for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will take place on September 22, 2020 at Best Buy. We are expecting pre-orders to sell out quickly. Please make sure that you have everything in your Best Buy online shopping account such as your shipping and billing information ready before pre-orders open.

Xbox Series S officially revealed

Rumours have been flying around that a cheaper, less powerful version of the Xbox Series X would be released this holiday season. And, early this morning, Xbox officially confirmed that indeed these rumours were true. Say hello to Xbox Series S! Priced at $379.99 and launching November 10, 2020. The console offers next-gen performance and is the smallest Xbox ever.

Take a look at the first official picture of Xbox Series S below. You’ll notice that it takes a more traditional console design approach, similar to Xbox One S. It has a large black cooling vent on the top of the console and there is no optical drive. This means that all your games will be digital on the Xbox Series S.

Xbox promises to share more info soon on the Xbox Series S, and we’ll be here to give you all those details. In the meantime, checkout the official Xbox Series S World Premier Reveal Trailer.

 

Detailed specs on Xbox Series X Processor and Graphics chip

At the annual Hot Chips conference, where engineers and chip designers meet to discuss the latest technologies and products, Microsoft held a keynote speech detailing the Xbox Series X processor and graphics chips. Many very technical aspects regarding the Xbox Series X were discussed. The Advanced Processing Unit, APU, which integrates both the CPU and GPU into one chip is roughly the same size as the Xbox One X APU. However, transistor counts have more than doubled relative from 6.6 billion to 15.4 billion.

Furthermore, key interest is in the graphic below, which shows the evolution of the graphics processing power in Xbox consoles. You can see, the Xbox Series X is roughly 9 times more powerful than Xbox One. It has advanced features such as ray tracing and can output all the way up to 8K resolution with 60 frames-per-second.

Xbox Series X

As for the Series X’s processor, it contains an 8-core/16 thread server class AMD Zen 2 CPU. It was noted that the processor is based on TSMC’s 7nm “enhanced” node. Essentially this means it uses a compact design that runs faster and uses less power. Needless to say, the Xbox Series X is a powerhouse.

Finally, I found this last bit of information the most interesting. Microsoft indicated that the production of this chip was higher than the Xbox One X. They didn’t say specifically, but listed “$” as the cost on the Xbox One and Xbox One S, “$+” for the Xbox One X, and “$++” for the Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X

Halo Infinite delayed 

Halo Infinite made quite a splash at its debut in the Xbox Games ShowCase digital event in July. Scheduled to launch with the Series X, we got a glimpse of what 343 Industries had in store for the latest entry in the iconic Halo franchise. However, in early August, both Xbox and 343 Industries announced that the game will be delayed into 2021.

The reason cited for the delay, was that the team needs more time to finish critical work necessary to launch the game. Despite the disappointing news, we learned that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode will be free to play. Also, it supports up to a whopping 120 frames per second. While I am disappointed that Halo Infinite will no longer be a launch title for Xbox Series X, I’m glad that both Xbox and 343 Industries are taking the extra time to make needed changes to the game.

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X global launch month revealed

Release date and pricing are the two most common questions I get asked about Xbox Series X. Xbox officially confirmed that Xbox Series X will launch globally this November. And, over 100 optimized games will be available for Series X this year. Not long after the global launch announcement, rumours started to swirl around the exact date. However, there is still no official date other than November, 2020.

Games, games and more games

For those wondering what games you’ll have to play this year, there will be plenty. There are more than 50 new games planned for 2020 across generations and optimized for Xbox Series X. Games include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, Dirt 5, Madden NFL 21 and more. With smart delivery, you only have to buy these games once to play the best versions for your console.

Likewise, Game Pass subscribers have quite a few games developed for Series X coming to the service. For example, exclusives like Tetris Effect: Connected, Scorn, The Medium and more.

Xbox Series X

Additionally, there will be more than 40 popular games newly optimized to take full advantage of Series X. For example, Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, and more will be fully optimized.

Project xCloud comes to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Corporate Vice president of Project xCloud, Kareem Choudhry announced that the company’s cloud gaming service is coming out of public preview and being added to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15, 2020. As a result, the move to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers gives gamers the opportunity to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere they want. And, sometime next year, Project xCloud servers will be upgraded to Xbox Series X hardware!

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Jon, have Best Buy confirmed logistics around launch day? More specifically, are pre orders shipping to clients and arriving on launch day or are they to be collected in store on the 10th of Nov? Thanks for keeping us up to date!

  2. If the reason that we have to buy series s or x is for Halo Infinite and apparently that has again been delayed (it was supposed to be released holiday 2020-between October and December) then why would we pay all that money for a console we dont really need yet…why not wait until Halo Infinite is released and the price of the console comes down? This is stupid.

      • sorry xbox games go down price fast and why pay for get game pass for month at $20 you have the game the mp is free any way Just sp if its like geaars game on hardest setting beat it in 2.5 hrs short so Just wait day release get pass month beat sp thats it the mp you get free

  3. Sadly only E B will be offering the finance options. That boggles my mind as that place is on their last breath. Surprised that Best Buy Canada was not the preferred retailer for the finance options.

  4. I’ll be getting a Series X on launch, but I’m glad they are releasing an option for TVs that don’t have 4K support. That way you aren’t paying for features you will not be using. With all the games available through Game Pass this holiday season is gonna be fun!

    • agree i wish they explained this better before pre order even gamers i know that had no clue they thought is was like ps5 same console Just pure digital no disk drive but same guts , so friend pre ordered it he was mad and cancelled it after realized it was not a digital only version but non 4k version . x box name alone is very bad look up how many people ordered a x box x thinking they got series x the great example is sales of x box x on pre order day went up 400% imagine all cancellations and returns but worse its sad kids or adults so happy got one to find out because x box named the systems near identical

  5. Thought I should throw out a new comment since the article has now been updated with the pricing and release dates.

    The Xbox Series S sounds like a great entry point for those who don’t necessarily need the most powerful system, but I don’t think it will work for those who want to upgrade from their current Xbox One systems. The lack of an optical drive is really a non-starter for me since I would lose the ability to play all of my physical discs if I also get rid of my Xbox One, and my Xbox is also my bluray/dvd player.

    The pricing for the Xbox Series X is actually quite appealing. The $499.99 USD price would actually convert to over $650 CAD, so pricing the system at $599.99 CAD actually makes the system cheaper in Canada than it is in the US. It is still somewhat out of my budget at the moment, but I now have a target to aim for in saving for the new system.

    November 10th is coming quickly, and you better get a jump on your pre-order as soon as they go live if you want to get your console at launch!

    Enjoy gaming everyone!

    • 100%! Well said Ian, I like to utilize my xBox as a bit of a media center as well as gaming system. Not sure how many others there are with this idea/intent.

  6. Good to see cheaper options being offered from the start. I bet the XBox Series S will sell out almost immediately and be one of the most sought after gifts this. I wonder what Sony will do in response. Begun the Console Wars have.

  7. I have always gone with Xbox because of the Halo franchise, and Halo Infinite looks like it will be fun to play when it comes out.

    When it comes to power, honestly I couldn’t care less. I don’t care how powerful a system is, or how realistic the graphics can be. Usually I prefer cartoon-y graphics over realistic ones anyway, but I understand that power is important to a lot of people.

    Just like PS5 the Xbox Series X will have a lot of great games for fans to enjoy.

    Thanks for the info Jon, I’ll be keeping an eye out for more Xbox Series X news as we get closer to launch!

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