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Microsoft Bows New Non-Disc Versions of the Xbox Series X Video Game Consoles

Microsoft Bows New Non-Disc Versions of the Xbox Series X Video Game Consoles

Microsoft is launching new digital versions of its Xbox Series X video game consoles, some without a disc drive, set to be available in time for the winter holidays.

The tech giant June 9 unveiled the Xbox Series S with 1TB SSD priced at $349.99. The Xbox Series X with 1TB SSD Digital Edition will retail for $449.99, while the Xbox Series X — 2TB SSD Galaxy Black Special Edition will be available with a disc drive in limited quantities for $599.99​. The new consoles will be available heading into the winter holidays.

Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard and push into subscription-based gaming is changing the market, according to Wall Street firm Wedbush Securities. The company has upped marketing for its Game Pass subscription service, which now has more than 34 million paid subscribers.

Microsoft also announced a new pending Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, with a supplement Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Direct game coming too.

“Those Microsoft games will be included within Game Pass on the day of their launch as the company tries to push the industry towards a more subscription friendly mindset,” Wedbush said in a note.

The Wall Street firm contends that as Sony PlayStation console sales cool, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision is helping up the company’s collection of upcoming titles, with multiple headliners.

“The Xbox Games Showcase 2024 highlighted the publishing might of Microsoft at present after a series of high-profile acquisitions,” Wedbush wrote.

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