by Tom Hoggins via The Telegraph
With the promised Autumn release dates of next-generation consolesXbox Series X and PlayStation 5creeping ever closer, it seemed that Microsoft and its great gaming rival Sony were playing chicken over who would reveal the cost of their new box first.
Plenty of speculation filled social media over the months since the pair’s summer showcases, but the firms remained resolutely quiet on the pricing issue, perhaps in the hope that the other would go first and last minute tweaks could be considered.
Pushed by either the leak of its budget next-gen alternative, the Xbox Series S, or the need to be aggressive to have any chance of cutting the significant lead Sony had with the PlayStation 4, Microsoft jumped first.
And it went in with two feet. The more powerful Series X will cost £449.99 while the lower-specced Series S will set players…
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