Various leaks and rumours have suggested Microsoft will launch an Xbox Series S, which will be a more affordable next-gen alternative to the Xbox Series X console.
A new leaked document (reported by The Verge) suggests the Xbox Series S (aka Xbox Lockhart) will be able to run games in resolutions up to 1440p, with specs including “7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.”
The Verge also claims this leaked document describes a profiling mode that is part of the Xbox Series X development kit. This devkit, codenamed Dante, allows developers to enable a Lockhart mode which lets them hit the performance profile expected from the second console.
With a controller leaking online recently, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Xbox Series S including all the latest news, rumours, specs, potential reveal plans and more.
Xbox Series S News – Yet another controller leak teases the mini console
While it has yet to be officially announced by Microsoft, more evidence has surfaced regarding the existence of its second next-gen console. In recent weeks, controller packaging has unveiled the existence of Xbox Series S, and now this has been reinforced once again with a voucher for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also mentioning the smaller console.
These can be found in packaging at the time of writing, which makes the silence from Microsoft all the more unusual. We’re expecting a full announcement for Xbox Series S this September, although specific details are yet to be unveiled. Here’s hoping it’s only a couple of weeks away given its pretty much the industry’s worst kept secret at the moment.
Back in August, specifications for the console also emerged online, providing us with a solid picture of how the console could compare to its siblings. A leaked document (reported by The Verge) suggests it will be able to run games in resolutions up to 1440p, with specs including “7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.”
It remains unclear when the Xbox Series S will launch, although we imagine it will be after the November release planned for Xbox Series X, likely so Microsoft can have all of the public’s attention on its flagship platform before unleashing a smaller, more accessible model into the wild. Such a thing could also influence when the console itself is revealed, since some users may hold off knowing a cheaper alternative is waiting in the wings.
Xbox Series S release date – When is it coming out?
It’s currently unknown when the Xbox Series S will launch. If it releases alongside the Xbox Series X, it will arrive during “Holiday 2020.”
However, with Microsoft yet to confirm the existence of the console, a 2020 release is becoming less likely by the day. Rumours have suggested it could be delayed to 2021, although this is probably just guesswork.
Xbox Series S price – How much will it cost?
There’s currently no official price for the Xbox Series S, although it’s widely expected to be significantly cheaper than the Xbox Series X.
We reckon it could cost anywhere between £299 and £399, which is roughly around the same price the Xbox One S retailed for at launch back in 2013.
Xbox Series S games – What will the launch games be?
The Xbox Series S is likely to share the same game library as the Xbox Series X, although don’t expect those games to run quite as smoothly.
Microsoft is set to announce its first-party launch lineup today at 4pm. Before then, here is the list of confirmed and rumoured games that could be headed to the next generation of Microsoft consoles:
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Xbox Series S specs – How powerful will it be?
The Series S is rumoured to be a four teraflop entry-level console for the next generation. Four teraflops don’t sound like a lot when you consider the 12 teraflops packed into the Xbox Series X, but it’s still pretty powerful – bear in mind the current Xbox One has just 1.3 teraflops of computing power and still loads up some pretty impressive gaming experiences.
The Series S is said to be aimed at gamers wanting to play games in 1080p or 1440p, which makes a lot of sense considering most PC gamers still play at these resolutions due to the costs involved in upgrading to 4K.
|Xbox Series S (rumoured)||Xbox Series X (confirmed)|
|Targeted game performance||Up to 1440p||Up to 8K|
|GPU performance||4 Teraflops||12 Teraflops|
The imminent arrive of Project xCloud also supports the idea of Microsoft launching a console option that doesn’t boast high-end specs, as subscribers only need a good internet connection in order to see a fantastic performance.
That said, it hasn’t been confirmed whether you’ll be able to see 4K resolutions via xCloud just yet, but the technology is undoubtedly available to Microsoft to enable it in the future.
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Design – How does the new console look?
We’re expecting a smaller version of the large, PC-esque, Xbox Series X. As a result, the Series S may end up looking more like a traditional console than its big brother does.
Right now, we have the render at the top of this article, but no official imagery to go on. We’ll have to bide our time and see what the Series S looks like, but expect a more compact version of the Series X.