On Monday evening, Microsoft officially announced the Xbox Series S. The system will cost $299 in the US and Microsoft calls the smallest Xbox ever. Xbox UK has also confirmed that the system will cost £250 there.
In a post on the Xbox Twitter account, Microsoft touted the Series S as “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever.”
👀 Let’s make it official!
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise. pic.twitter.com/8wIEpLPVEq
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020
It’s design looks exactly like the leaked image that surfaced on September 7. It’s a small compact white rectangle with a minimalist design and missing a disc drive. The front comes with features like USB port, a power button and a sync button for the controller.
Microsoft has not officially confirmed the release date for Xbox Series S.
As we know the Series X is coming in November. As per Windows Central, both the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will release on November 10, with the Series X selling for $499.
Xbox Series S Features List (Leaked)
- DirectX ray tracing
- Variable rate shading
- Variable refresh rate
- Ultra-low latency
- 1440p at up to 120 FPS
- Custom 512 GB SSD
- 4K streaming media playback
- 4K upscaling for games
Here are the key differences we know about so far:
- Xbox Series S is around 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X.
- Series S is digital only whereas Series X features a disc drive for 4K Blu-rays.
- Series S supports upto 1440p resolution and 120 FPS, with 4K upscaling for games. On the other hand Series X will support up to 4K and 8K.
- Series S is 512GB custom SSD solution whereas Series X is double at 1TB.
Xbox Series S will support many of the Xbox Series X features – including DirectX ray tracing, variable rate shading, variable refresh rate, ultra-low latency response time, and 4K media streaming support. And yes, it’ll also support Xbox Game Pass.
All of these were confirmed in a leaked video by _h0x0d_ on Twitter:
no point holding this back now I guess pic.twitter.com/SgOAjm3BuP
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020