Microsoft confirmed the existence of the digital-only version of the Xbox Series S on social media shortly after the pricing and launch dates came to light. Even though it’s not as powerful as the Xbox Series X, it still plays almost every next-generation game. For shy consumers, the $299.99 (about 2044 RMB) model is clearly a better choice for the $499 (about 3411 RMB) model X.
The Xbox Series S will be available on November 10.
On the rival side, Sony also offers standard versions with optical drives, as well as pure digital versions of the PlayStation 5 models.
But Sony’s side is also feeling the pressure as the Xbox Series S pulls prices down directly to less than $300.
According to earlier sources, Sony is clearly facing a wealthy Microsoft, and it’s clearly hard to cut the price of the PS5 digital version to $299.
Sony PlayStation 5.
Judging by the latest pricing strategy, Microsoft clearly doesn’t want Sony to continue with the low-cost drama of the PS3/PS4 era.
Even if the performance of the Xbox Series S is quite different this time than that of the Xbox Series X, most next-generation games will be available for the next seven years, unless you’re specifically looking for the ultimate 4K experience.
The PS5 Standard edition was previously rumoured to be priced at at least $499. It would be relatively reasonable if the digital version could be pulled down to $450 – it remains to be seen whether Sony has the courage to price $400.