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Microsoft's affordable gaming console will be called Xbox Series S

Microsoft had already announced the Xbox Series X console a few weeks back but it has one more, affordable version up its sleeve.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | August 11, 2020 | Updated 13:05 IST
Source: The Verge

Highlights

  • Microsoft's affordable gaming console will indeed be called Xbox Series S.
  • A controller has been spotted with support for the upcoming next-gen console.
  • It will have 7.5GB of RAM and 4 terflops of GPU performance.

Microsoft is seemingly working on a second-generation Xbox console that will be affordable. While the speculations around the name of the console have been rife, pointing that it will be called Xbox Series S. Well, a new piece of evidence has confirmed it will indeed be the name for the console. A series of photographs of what looks like an unannounced controller for the next-generation Xbox console has been procured by The Verge, giving an affirmation on the existence of Xbox Series S. A previously leaked document had hinted it will launch sometime in August, alongside the price announcement for the Xbox Series X.

The photos, obtained by The Verge, show the controller will be supported on Xbox Series X, as well as the Series S, hence, confirming the name. The controller was purchased by a user from a resale website and its retail package divulges information about it, such as the D-pad, textured triggers, and the Share button. However, Microsoft has not confirmed the controller or the Xbox Series S yet, nor it has confirmed the controller for the Xbox Series X, which coincidentally has the same functions as the Xbox Series X controller. The retail package, however, reveals only so much about the Xbox Series S console and we might have to wait for more leaks, or ultimately the official confirmation from Microsoft, to know more.

In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "We have a lot in store for Xbox in 2020 and can't wait to share with you. However, we have nothing to announce at this time."

The Xbox Series S will be Microsoft's affordable take on its popular gaming console. It will sit below the Xbox Series X and features some serious downgrades to justify the price, which is not official yet. The first instance of the Xbox Series S was spotted in a document in June this year. The document showed Microsoft is planning to launch two consoles, one of them codenamed Lockhart. Another one codenamed Dante, which belongs to the Xbox Series X, was found to have a Lockhart mode that game developers can enable. The performance profile of the Lockhart mode was found to be similar to what Microsoft is planning to equip the Xbox Series S with.

Further details about Lockhart include 7.5GB of usable RAM and 4 teraflops of GPU performance, while the graphic resolution will either be 1080p or 1440p maximum. The Microsoft Xbox Series S is also speculated to be heavily tied to the Xbox All Access subscription plans, which include an Xbox console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which comprises Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass, for a monthly subscription.

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