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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NPD: Nintendo Switch Top-Selling Video Game Console in November

While the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X game systems make headlines for in-store shortages and supply issues, the Nintendo Switch has quietly dominated sales.

New data from The NPD Group found the Japanese-based Switch console was the best-selling device in November, with combined sales of Nintendo SwitchNintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch — OLED Model systems topping 1.13 million units.

For the holiday-shopping week of Thanksgiving, which includes Black Friday, Switch was also the top-selling console, with nearly 550,000 systems sold. Switch has now been the top-selling console for 35 out of the last 36 months, according to NPD.

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“As we head into 2022, and the sixth year of Nintendo Switch, the system continues to see strong demand,” Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America, said in a statement.

Last month on the fiscal call, Nintendo executives said the Switch was in the ‘middle phase’ of its lifecycle, which promptly ignited scuttlebutt about a possible Switch 2 device on the distant horizon. Nintendo has made no official comment about a second-edition Switch.

In July, Nintendo bowed the Switch OLED console featuring a brighter and more-colorful screen.