The Microsoft Corporation announced its next-generation video game console last month. It’s slated to release next year for the holiday season, providing direct competition to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5. Typically when a new product is announced, the company allows for immediate pre-orders. However, Microsoft is waiting for pre-orders to become available. This internal choice was made for the benefit of consumers, ensuring that their awareness of what they’re acquiring when purchasing this console. This comes after many details regarding the console weren’t provided at The Game Awards, with the physical design being the only thing showcased.
Additional information on the console has been released since the Game Awards. It’s known that the updated Xbox Controller will be similar to the PlayStation, maintaining a share button beside the logo. It’s known that the upcoming Share feature won’t operate in the same manner as PlayStation, focusing on a cloud-based platform. This means consumers can share their video game footage throughout multiple platforms, not just Facebook and Twitter. However, the one lacking piece of information if the price tag for this console. It’s anticipated that consumers won’t know the price tag until the 2020 E3 Expo in California, where visitors can test out the Xbox Series X firsthand. This is an internal strategy.
The Microsoft Corporation hasn’t provided any details on the pricing for their upcoming console, with rumours suggesting that two models are being released. One model will be cheaper with 4K Capabilities, with the other supporting 8K Visuals and additional RAM. Most analysts presume that the first model will cost $500.00, with the second model ranging from $800.00 to $1,000.00. It should be noted that internal sources with the Microsoft Corporation haven’t confirmed or denied the allegations that two models will be released in the holiday season of 2020.
It’s been implemented by internal sources, such as Phil Spencer, that the Xbox Series: X enables the corporation to create numerous models when they need to. This suggests that secondary models will be released at some point going forward. Pricing on these models is still being debated by executives, which could be prompting the delays. Phil Spencer noted that multiple factors apply to the associated cost, including Donald Trump’s Trade War or Manufacturing Delays.
Fans of Microsoft’s consoles have waited for an announcement on their initial lineup of launch games, with that information being minimal as well. Rumours suggest that the 5th Gears of War game could be ported over, with no confirmation from the developer’s insight. It’s known that a new Tomb Raider game is in development but isn’t slated to release until 2021. Unfortunately, the lineup of available games with the Xbox Series: X looks to be limited.