- The name of Microsoftâ€™s second rumored console has reportedly leaked online.
- Dubbed the Xbox Series S, the name appeared on the packaging of a new Xbox controller.
- The console may target gamers on a budget, with a rumored list of less impressive specs and a more affordable price.
For those who donâ€™t need the muscle of the Xbox Series X to game in 4K but still want to snag a next-gen console, you may be in luck as a fresh leak has revealed a controller and packaging for the Xbox Series S.
Itâ€™s long been rumored that Microsoft is preparing to launch two next-gen consoles this year. Weâ€™ve already seen the super-powered Series X, but the other is expected to give gamers on a budget a more affordable option to play future Xbox games. Now, it seems that the name of this console has appeared online.
Outed by Twitter user Zak S, the packaging of a new Xbox controller seemingly confirms the consoleâ€™s name as the Xbox Series S. It also shows Android, iOS, the Xbox One, and Windows 10 under the list of supported devices.
Xbox series X controller found in the wild!! pic.twitter.com/TEns4z45CB
â€” Zak S (@zakk_exe) August 9, 2020
The Twitter user reportedly purchased the controller on a mobile marketplace for $35, which now seems like a pretty stellar deal. The Verge later confirmed that the controller is authentic.
The controller features a Share Button in the middle of its body, with a D-pad more reminiscent of the current Xbox Series X controller. It also swaps those subtle contours around the Xbox logo for a flatter surface. Zak S remarks the â€œsize and feel of the controller is amazing.â€�
The size and feel of the controller is amazing!! pic.twitter.com/zQvY9qVbRX
â€” Zak S (@zakk_exe) August 10, 2020
Xbox Series S: What might it offer?
While the packaging doesnâ€™t shed light on the Xbox Series Sâ€™s release date or specifications, the console is rumored to make an appearance in August.
Earlier leaks suggest the Xbox Series S will share silicon with the Xbox Series X, but will cut down on GPU processing power and RAM. Itâ€™s not yet clear if the Xbox Series S will offer backward compatibility like the Xbox Series X. Itâ€™s unclear whether or not the Series S will feature a disc drive.
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Pricing is also currently unconfirmed, but Microsoft may want to undercut the PS5 duo when they launch later this year, and especially the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which is expected to be cheaper than the core PlayStation 5 console. The original Xbox One S started at $249 for the 500GB model and topped out at $399 for the 2TB variant.