Microsoft dropped a bunch of news this week that will make gamers very happy. There’s a new Xbox Series S console alongside the Xbox Series X, as well as more games coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no extra cost thanks to a new Microsoft partnership with EA Play.

After a few hints of the new Xbox Series S appeared around the ‘net, it’s finally official. The new Xbox Series S is an all-digital console, built to download all your games rather than playing off a disc. The Series S is also the smallest Xbox ever, despite its next-generation speed and performance. It’s more affordable than the super-powered Xbox Series X, too.

The Xbox Series S may be cheaper than Xbox Series X, but it’s designed around the same technology and Xbox Velocity Architecture that means it’s a truly next-generation console. It has the same benefits like faster load times and Quick Resume, letting you suspend a game wherever you are, even without a save point, and come back to it later. You can even jump between multiple games in a flash.

The other exciting news is that Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members (if you have Xbox All Access with Telstra, that includes you) will reportedly be able to get an EA Play membership for no additional cost alongside Xbox Game Pass. EA Play includes more than 60 of EA’s biggest games, trials of new EA games for up to 10 hours, and even access to play some on your smartphone.

When the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch, they will be available through Xbox All Access, exclusive to Telstra. Our package gives you a brand new Xbox console of your choice and access to over 100 games and online multiplayer through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

The Xbox Series S will cost $33 per month in our Xbox All Access bundle (min Cost $792 when you stay connected for 24 months plus your plan charges), and the flagship Xbox Series X will cost $46 a month (min Costs $1104 when you stay connected for 24 months) plus your plan charges. You’ll have to be a post-paid mobile or fixed broadband customer with us to get this deal.

We’ll be opening pre-orders for both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S bundled with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, all at one monthly cost, on our Xbox All Access page. We’ve got a feeling that orders will be coming in quick, so keep an eye out – we’ll also let you know on our Facebook and Twitter when orders open up. The consoles themselves are expected to be out in Australia on November 10.

But wait: there’s more. Stay tuned early next week for an announcement about your chance to jump the pre-order queue and get yourself an Xbox Series X and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – just by using the problem-solving and puzzle-hunting skills you’ve picked up as a gamer. Check back here at Telstra Exchange for all the info.

We’re excited to share more with you as we get closer to the launch of the latest and greatest Xbox console line-up. To keep up with all our news, register your interest on our Xbox All Access page.

Things you need to know about Xbox All Access

Available to Telstra consumer postpaid customers only. Prices vary by console. Stock is limited. Limit of one pre-order per customer account. If you cancel, your monthly subscription within the first 24 months you will need to pay out the remainder of your Xbox console as a one-off payment on your next bill. In order to receive your paid months of Games Pass, you must have activated your Games Pass before you cancel. You cannot activate Games Pass after you cancel. Any months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Live Gold, or Game Pass that you have paid for but not yet used will remain on your account after you cancel until they expire up to a maximum of 36 months, inclusive of the 24 months that is part of All Access. Roll onto monthly subscription on your Telstra bill at the standard market rate after 24 months. Your existing Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass membership(s) will convert to Ultimate at a conversion ratio, up to a max of 12 months (36 months inclusive of your All Access package). Learn more xbox.com/gamepass. To activate the Game Pass subscription that is part of Xbox All Access you will need to sign into your chosen Microsoft account on your new console. Learn more at xbox.com/digitaldirect. Game catalogue varies over time. Requires internet and suitable display. Not available in conjunction with other offers.