On Sunday afternoon, a floodgate opened for the release plans for Microsoft’s next-generation console. Numerous reports, along with an impressive video excerpt, set an exclamation mark for the company’s leaking ambitions to launch the “Xbox Series X” console (announced at the end of 2019) next to a cheaper, smaller model “Xbox Series S” by the end of the year.
And while some details could change – especially the $ 299 reports for the Xbox Series S and $ 499 for the Xbox Series X – we suspect this leak for a smaller next-generation Xbox is accurate.
Microsoft’s longtime follow-up journalist Brad Sams begins Sunday’s news turmoil a screenshot showing a prominent design of the Xbox Series S, white and about half the size of an Xbox Series X, next to a price: $ 299. Sams did not explain where his image came from, but has repeatedly mentioned the existence of the S series while it was under the code name Lockhart, parallel to the X Series (codenamed Scarlett).
S marks the point
If previous reports have been excluded, The S series will debut with many of the same technical leaps found in the X series – and these could include features such as “Velocity Architecture” for faster game loading or fancy graphic effects like ray detection. But the S series will offer the benefits of “next generation” with lower maximum power, intended for either lower pixel resolutions (such as 1080p) or lower frame rates, to reduce the price of the console. Sams and other journalists have estimated a maximum performance level of around 4 teraflops for the S series, compared to the 12 TF performance and 4K resolution of the X Series.
In August, Ars Technica succeeded confirm the name of the cheapest console, thanks to sources familiar with Microsoft’s designs and the timely release of its controller (whose “compatibility” list refers to “Xbox Series X / S”).
Shortly after Sams’ report was published, Windows Central mentioned the same price point for the S series, along with the claim that the Xbox Series X will be released at $ 499. The WC report, citing “sources”, claimed that both consoles would be released on November 10, but the report did not specify which areas would be launched. (Microsoft had previously confirmed the release of the “November” console for the X series.)
While this combination of date and price could very well change before any announcement Microsoft plans, the S-Series design seems to have been confirmed by both references to the same design – next to a secret excerpt from the S-Series revelation video shared by Twitter user “_h0x0d_“This four-second video includes an animation of both new consoles side-by-side, followed by the S series moving to a transparent version of the Series X frame to highlight the size comparison. At this point, a narrator describes “how small it is.”
What the narrator does not say in this short clip is that the S Series appears to be missing a drive on its front face or other visible sides. Whether there is a drive on either side remains unclear, but that would be a huge design for the Xbox, which has had drive slots on the same side as the console’s power buttons for years. Therefore, bypassing the drive as a way to reduce the price to $ 299 – and further emphasizing digital download subscription packages such as Xbox game card– seems possible.
Instead, the video shows a top row of holes that look like a dot pattern on the edges. Xbox One X, along with a dotted, black circular frame on one side – probably intended to allow more ventilation. Aside from the big circuit, the design similarity of the console to the Xbox One X is not exactly surprising, given that Microsoft deleted all Xbox One X consoles earlier this year – which prompted us to speculate that the Xbox Series S could be replaced in the Xbox hierarchy.
The Windows Central report includes a suggestion that the S series will start with a $ 25 / month Xbox All Access financing option, while the X series will be available for $ 35 / month. The exact terms of such a contract, and whether they may include benefits such as the Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, have not yet been confirmed.
Representatives from Xbox and Microsoft did not immediately respond to questions about the apparent leakage of next-generation Xbox programs. [Update, 2:14 a.m. ET: Shortly after our story went live, the official Xbox Twitter account posted the “monkey puppet” meme with no other commentary attached, as if to express shock or exasperation about a certain story making the rounds.]
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