Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it will launch a small Xbox S game console priced at $299 in November.

The US technology firm posted a video and fired off a tweet about the Xbox S after word leaked that the hardware is coming as part of a new-generation console line-up expected late this year. "Let's make it official," the Xbox team said in a post at its Twitter account.

Xbox Series S. Next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever. Xbox Series S will launch on November 10 and is designed for an era of game services and software hosted online instead of stored on consoles, according to a promotional video posted online. Microsoft's cloud video game service is to debut this month as a feature available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Ultimate subscribers, who pay $15 monthly, will be able to access a library of games for play on Xbox consoles or Windows-powered computers.

Microsoft is also poised to release a new-generation Xbox Series X late this year. Pricing has yet to be announced for the Series X, but US media has cited leaked reports that it will be priced at $500 and also debut in November. Microsoft has promised the new-generation Xbox for the holiday season next year when Sony's PlayStation 5 console is also scheduled to come out.

The current PlayStation 4 has outsold Xbox by more than two to one, but Microsoft hopes to take the battle back to Sony. Consoles face a potential threat from the advent of cloud gaming, however. Google last year launched its Stadia streaming service, allowing gameplay on any internet-connected device.

Source-The Daily Star

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