Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox Series S. The system will cost $299 in the US and comes housed inside what Microsoft calls the smallest Xbox ever. Xbox UK has also confirmed that the system will cost £250 there.
In terms of design, it looks exactly like the leaked image that surfaced on September 7–it’s a small, white rectangle with a minimalist design and no disc drive. The front features nothing more than a power button, USB port, and a sync button for the controller.
👀 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
A release date has not been officially confirmed by Microsoft for Xbox Series S. The announcement doesn’t mention if it’s also coming in November, as we know the Series X is. According to a report from Windows Central, the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will release on November 10, with the Series X selling for $499.
Microsoft announced the Series S in reaction to leaks; it didn’t hide the fact that it was planning to reveal the system at a later time (possibly after PS5 and Series X pricing had been announced, to further highlight the surprising $299 price). As such, so far it’s only officially shared the Series S name, price, and design.
However, a leaked Xbox Series S trailer has also made its way online, revealing some of the key details about the system. It states that Series S comes with a custom 512 GB SSD to allow for fast load times and instant game switching and support for 1440p gaming at 120 FPS.
no point holding this back now I guess pic.twitter.com/SgOAjm3BuP
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020
Xbox Series S Features List (Leaked)
All-digital1440p at up to 120 FPSDirectX ray tracingVariable rate shadingVariable refresh rateUltra-low latencyCustom 512 GB SSD4K streaming media playback4K upscaling for games
Thurrott reporter Brad Sams first unveiled the design of the Xbox Series S in the video below. Industry insider Daniel Ahmad subsequently backed up the report, saying this is the design we should expect before Microsoft confirmed it to be real.
Windows Central reports that both Xbox Series X and Series S will be available through Xbox’s All Access subscription service, with the Series S being set at $25 USD a month and the Series X at $35 USD a month. Phil Spencer has previously said that All Access is “critical” to their next-gen strategy.