The first alleged image of the Xbox Series S and estimated retail price of $299 USD, though some doubt on its validity.
We previously reported how leaked images of what may be the new Xbox Series X controller and its packaging mentioned the Xbox Series S. The controller’s packaging notes it is compatible with “Xbox Series X | S.” This later appeared on an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial code card.
Prior to that we reported how during an interview with iJustine, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed “respecting a gamer’s relationship with our product,” and teasing an announcement related to that coming in August. This lead to speculation of the rumored “Xbox Series S” console.
Back in May 2019, Video Games Chronicle (VGC) reported on leaked Microsoft documents from 2012 discussing Project Scarlet (what would later be revealed as the Xbox Series X).
Combined with their own sources, VGC reported that Microsoft’s plans included (in VGC’s words) “premium hardware offering and a lower-priced streaming-oriented device.” As Microsoft have discussed cloud gaming on multiple occasions, this could be true.
Venture Beat also reported on allegedly leaked GameCore Development Kit information [1, 2]. Though heavily cropped and the Filebin link now leading to a 404 error (redirecting to the website’s home page), the alleged document discusses “LockhartProfiling.”
Eurogamer claims from their sources that Microsoft was planning to unveil the “Xbox Series S” in June- dubbed Project Lockhart. This would be a cheaper compared to the Xbox Series X, with Venture Beat claiming it would have less graphical power. VGC reported both the Xbox Series X and this Series X would be capable of cloud gaming.
Now, Thurrott has posted the claim of the design and price of the new Xbox Series S console. At this time of writing, the website is currently experiencing error 502. However, using CachedView.com, we can see the website in text-only mode.
While the release date and most of specifications of the console were not reported (only that it appeared to lack a disc tray), Thurrott report it will sell for $299 USD, along with the console’s design being genuine. Its small size would reinforce the claims of a digital-only or cloud gaming console.
Thurrott Brad Sams posted a video discussing the console further. The Xbox watermark in the top left would likely indicate a leaked image of the reveal trailer for the console. You can find Brad Sams’ video below.
Adding credence to this is Senior Analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad. “This is real,” Ahmad tweeted, “the console design that is. The price is unknown ofc.” We will keep you informed as we learn more.
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