The heavily rumoured Xbox Series S has its most compelling leak to date.
Microsoft, along with Sony, is reportedly due to be having a big event at some point during August. The rumoured showcase is supposedly going to reveal the price and availability of the new Xbox console, plus some new games. Microsoft’s trump card for the event may have just been revealed though, due to a leak reported by The Verge.
Twitter user Zak S, reportedly managed to get his hands on a next-gen Xbox controller, complete with the box from an online reselling website. The controller, which was picked up for only $35, shows off both the new D-Pad and share button and comes in a “Robot White” colour scheme. What does this spoil though, Microsoft has already shown off the controller?
Xbox series X controller found in the wild!! pic.twitter.com/TEns4z45CB
— Zak S (@zakk_exe) August 9, 2020
Well, the packaging of the controller seems to reveal what has been heavily rumoured for a long time, the existence of an “Xbox Series S”. The side of the box lists the devices the new controller is compatible with, and alongside Xbox One, Windows 10, Android and iOS it lists “Xbox Series X/S”. Everything in the photo’s and videos shared suggests that the controller is real, and The Verge have themselves confirmed it is genuine.
The reports of Microsoft producing a second console go as far back as December 2018, with rumours suggesting they were using two codenames “Anaconda” and “Lockhart”. As further reports came out, it was suggested the actual name of the secondary console would follow suit with the Series X and be called the Series S. The Series S is rumoured to be a less powerful but more affordable entry into the next-gen ecosystem.
Microsoft’s focus so far however doesn’t necessarily seem to be about selling as many console units as possible. The company are committed to expanding both Xbox Game Pass and xCloud, with the latter confirmed to be launching on Android devices in a little over a month.
While all reports and rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt, this is as close to confirmation we are going to get before Microsoft officially unveil it themselves.
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