It has been all but confirmed by Microsoft at this point that the Xbox Series S is a thing. Back in June, a leaked Microsoft document detailed the Xbox Series X dev kit settings that allowed developers to enable Lockhart mode (the believed codename for the Xbox Series S). Now, a Twitter user known as Zak S was able to purchase the controller for the Xbox Series X, and the packaging has seemingly confirmed the console’s existence.
On the controllers packaging, it shows the compatibility for the controller; the controller will apparently be compatible with the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Windows 10, Android & iOS. The controller was bought by Zak on OfferUp, a resale website. It is a bit strange that the controller was sold on a resale site despite not being officially made available for sale, but the validity has been confirmed by The Verge.
The Xbox Series S is expected to be a much cheaper console, targeting 1080p and 1440p rather than 4K and 8K. The specs are believed to be 7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance, whereas the Xbox Series X includes 13.5GB of usable RAM and targets 12 teraflops of GPU performance. The console is also expected to launch for somewhere around $200-300 to be a much cheaper entry point into the next generation.
Microsoft are expected to host another online event later this month, which may be when the console’s release date and prices are announced. Both the new Xbox consoles and Playstation 5 are expected to launch in November 2020, so there are only a few months to go, and prices and pre-orders aren’t live yet for the systems.