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Xbox Series S: Microsoft's budget next-gen console confirmed

Xbox Series S

Microsoft has officially confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S, a more affordable next-gen alternative to the Xbox Series X console. 

The official Xbox Twitter account revealed the very first image of the upcoming console, while also confirming it will cost a very affordable £249.99 ($299). However, Microsoft is yet to reveal the specs or potential performance.

A leaked video has appeared online however, which looks legitimate and supposedly confirms a number of features including:

  • All-digital
  • 1440p performance up to 120fps
  • Variable refresh rate
  • Ray tracing support
  • 4K game upscaling
  • 4K media playback
  • Custom NVME SSD (512 GB)
  • 60% smaller than XSX

Of course, none of this leaked information can be confirmed, but it does correlate with previous reports.

 

A previously leaked document (reported by The Verge) suggested the upcoming console 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 claimed this leaked document described 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.

This is a breaking story, so we will be updating the rest of the story in meanwhile. Stick to Trusted Reviews for all the latest news and rumours.

Xbox Series S release date – When is it coming out?

Microsoft is yet to confirm a release date for the Xbox Series S, but a leaked video suggests a November launch.

With the Xbox Series X also rumoured for a November launch, it’s likely that both consoles will release simultaneously.

Xbox Series S price – How much will it cost?

The Xbox Series S is priced at £249.99 in the UK, and at $299 in the US.

The Xbox Series X is yet to get a price, but will likely be significantly more expensive than its next-gen sibling.

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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.

Here is the list of confirmed games heading to the next generation of Microsoft consoles:

Related: Best Xbox Series X Games

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
RAM 7.5GB 13.5GB

The imminent arrival of 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.

Related: PS5 vs Xbox Series X

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Xbox Series S Design – How does it look?

Microsoft claims this will be the ‘smallest Xbox ever’. According to the official image, the console looks to be the same size of three controllers stacked on top of each other, which is absolutely tiny.

There looks to be vents on both the side and top of  the console to allow for improved airflow. The black vent isn’t to out personal tastes, but it at least helps to differentiate the device from the current Xbox One S.

Keep this article bookmarked for all the latest news and updates on the next-gen console.

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