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Xbox Series S: Release date, trailer, price specs, more

Published: 8/Sep/2020 17:45 Updated: 8/Sep/2020 17:56

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Xbox Series S release date and initial launch prices have finally been revealed and confirmed by Microsoft themselves. The Xbox Series X has also been revealed, but only through new insider reports.

The next-generation Xbox consoles will both be released worldwide on Tuesday, November 10, trusted Microsoft insiders Jez Corden and Zac Brown have reported. This was confirmed by Xbox just hours later, at least for the Series S.

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The entry-level Xbox Series S console ⁠— which appeared online ahead of schedule thanks to an early promo video release ⁠— will cost $299 USD at launch.

Microsoft will also reportedly release its more powerful Xbox Series X at the same time. The Series X will launch at a slightly more expensive $499 USD price point, according to leaks.

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These prices, at least for the Xbox Series S, line up with where the Xbox One and Xbox One X were originally launched. It’s likely the Series X will be at the higher price point.

The Xbox Series S is half as big as Microsoft's flagship next-gen Xbox Series X console.
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The Xbox Series S is half as big as Microsoft’s flagship next-gen Xbox Series X console.

The leaked Xbox Series X and S release date and launch prices comes just hours after Xbox fans were given their first look at the Series S. The cheaper console is quite a bit smaller than its bigger brother, and will be white.

Windows Central is tipping the Series S to be “roughly as powerful” as the Xbox One X, and have suggested it will be geared towards 1080p monitors.

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The reports are also suggesting all Xbox Series X and S consoles will come with a $25 per month Xbox All Access financing option. This will include Xbox Live, and access to the huge catalog of Xbox Game Pass titles.

Xbox Series X vs Series S specs

Series X vs Series S
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Spec comparison between Series X and Series S.

While Microsoft’s next generation of consoles is slowly having its information dripped out ahead of the big reveal, we’ve seen very little on the other side of the console war.

Sony has kept its ship tight, apparently, and that means hiding the PlayStation 5’s possible release dates too. There have been rumors the PS5 may clock in at $599 USD, but considering Xbox’s leaked lower price, that could be changed.

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With the cat out of the bag for one of the consoles, it’s likely more news will come for the Series X soon. Keep your eyes peeled during, or even ahead of, Xbox’s planned Tokyo event later this month, on September 24.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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