Yesterday we got the official reveal of the Xbox Series X and Series S pricing, release date, and some additional specs. They will launch on November 10th, and the Series X will cost $499. But really, Microsoft's big play here is to get you to sign up for a service plan — sorry, "Xbox All Access" — that subsidizes the cost of the hardware. So $24.99 per month gets you the Series S and $34.99 gets you the Series X — both payments spanned across 24 months.
Sounds a bit like the cell phone plans of yore, doesn't it? I'm not against it in principle as it does make both consoles more accessible to people who would prefer to pay over time. But it still strikes me as another form of lock-in in a new category that hasn't had that much of it. Would you pay for an Xbox like you paid for a phone in 2010, before those lock-in contracts were done away with?
The GPU is, as you'd expect, not as powerful. However, the main effect of that seems to be about kicking out high resolutions. It'll still play all the next-gen games and because it supports the fast SSD architecture, they'll load fast too. All in all it's a better console than I expected for the price!
The Slim 7 is not just good, it's exceptional. Sure, it's not a perfect laptop — and it likely won't be a bargain — but the combination of performance and power efficiency that the 4800U offers is unlike anything we've ever seen.
┏ Amazon's new Alexa partnership lets you link your AT&T number to turn your Echo into a phone. I keep repeating this to random people on the street, who are taken aback by how angry I am about it: the fact that one of our most important methods of communication is a string of numbers whose features are limited by these carriers is nuts. The idea that this kind of partnership is even possible, much less necessary, is a sign that the whole concept of phone numbers is still broken.
┏ Tile will refund up to $1,000 in products if it can't find your lost item. Tile is the company voted most likely to need some therapy because it's under near-constant threat of Apple releasing a direct competitor that has better access to the iPhone's ecosystem than third parties can. While those Air Tags loom, Tile is beefing up its service options. Ashley Carman has the details:
The plan, called Premium Protect, costs $99.99 per year and includes all of the perks of its premium subscription, including free battery replacements and a 30-day location history as well as item reimbursement up to $1,000. Premium, the original plan, is still available and costs $29.99 per year or $2.99 per month
The sedan will get up to 517 miles of range, can hit a quarter-mile in under 10 seconds, packs over 1,000 horsepower, and will have a base price of "under $80,000" (as long as the federal government sees fit to continue to give out tax credits to EV buyers).
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