A new rumour suggests that Microsoft is aiming to price the new Xbox Series X at $400, with a cheaper digital version of the console also becoming available.
The Series X launch is expected to take place this year, with an official announcement to be made this month from Microsoft.
A digital version of the console has not been confirmed, but rumours suggest this will be official. Codenamed “Lockhart”, the digital version will be titled Xbox Series S.
The big question gamers are asking: How much will the consoles cost?
A discussion in Beyond3D Forum, where accurate information has been provided about Microsoft in the past, suggested possible prices for the new gaming console.
Poster Eastman, who have suggested the rumours, said: "I am not sure what the final price will be. I think if Sony is $500/$600, MS may try to go in at $200/$400/$500 but we will see."
Eastman also discussed the digital console, stating: "Last I heard it be half the price of the XSX and last I heard MS were prepared for a $400 XSX."
The prices for the UK are suggested to be numerically similar - £400 and £200 – leaving fans surprised at the comparatively low cost.
Competitors Sony have already revealed their next-generation console – PlayStation 5 – and more details regarding the release. Although not yet confirmed, industry insiders and analysts have predicted that the Sony console will cost $500.
A low price for the new Xbox consoles suggests Microsoft would sell at a loss. However, there are further reports that Microsoft have a strategy to gain a larger cut of game sales to reduce losses.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, the forum discussion then described the release event rumoured for July: "July is about the industry and they want it to be a night of mic drops. They are going to come hard with the strategy they have been building up to for years and they want Google, Amazon, Apple, Sony and, yes, Nintendo to [be] shaken up. So expect a series of mic drop moments followed by the price being the key part of all this."
After all, this is just another rumour about the highly-anticipated consoles.
It leaves fans and gamers across the world hoping for an official announcement this month.
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