Well, that didn’t take long for Microsoft to burst out of the gate running. Details leak for the Xbox Series S earlier this week, and within hours, Microsoft responds back. Not only does Microsoft officially announce and showoff the Xbox Series S, they announce the official prices and release date for both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S (including some tempting payment plan options). November 10th with the Series X at $499 and the Series S at $299. Then you get Ubisoft announcing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch with the new Xbox and Watch Dogs Legions will also be ready on day one. But wait, it doesn’t stop there, Microsoft releases an official announcement that EA Play (formerly Origin Access and EA Access) will be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no extra cost.
For something that wasn’t entirely planned, Microsoft is knocking it out of the park at the moment; and to be completely honest, I’d seriously consider getting one of the new systems on launch if I could. Not just for what was announced that I mentioned, but also for the backwards compatibility so I can finally pack up my Original Xbox and Xbox 360. I’m honestly questioning what the hell Sony is doing at this point. All they have done is shown off the PlayStation 5 models and first party titles. Still no release date and still no prices. Honestly making me feel that that Microsoft is already starting to leave Sony in the dust. Yes, they have some strong first party titles, but what else? Will the cost of the PlayStation 5 models be comparable to the Xbox Series X and S respectively, will they try to go cheaper, or will they have to go for more expensive price points?
Now, it is easy to say Microsoft is killing it at the moment with their announcements in my opinion; but it isn’t outside the realm of possible for Sony to counterattack even stronger. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony still has some tricks up it’s sleeves, and I honestly hope so. I went with a PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One; but I also went with an Xbox 360 over the PlayStation 3. I’m a fan of both systems and hold no loyalty to either. I’m just feeling a little worried that Sony is going to have to play catch up, and maybe that is why they haven’t announced anything yet. Not even an announcement date to look forward to an official announcement. Either way, I’m patiently waiting for Sony to figure their shite our and get back into the game. Until then, I will keep thinking about if/when I can/will upgrade to an Xbox Series X or Series S.
UPDATE : So I schedule this to go out today, and sure enough, Sony makes an announcement for their PlayStation 5 announcement. Okay Sony, your move. Let’s see what you got.