Check out our very first look at the Xbox Series S, Microsoft’s budget next-gen console that comes with the codename Lockhart. An image posted by Thurrott shows the console’s design and it also shows us the price point of $299. It’s not instantly clear where the image came from, but leaker WalkingCat released a short video showing off the same design in connection to the Series X. Analyst Daniel Ahmad also corroborated the picture, though couldn’t verify the price.
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020
If they’re true, the leaks show a white console that looks just like to the Xbox One S, as the Series X does to the One X. It’s shown in a vertical orientation, though the rotation of the Xbox logo hints that may not be the original configuration.
WalkingCat’s video reveals that the Series S is much slimmer than the Series X, which should make it easier to fit under many TVs. The system seems not to have a disc drive. There’s a circular vent on the top of the console, like the One S, but here it’s colored black to highlight more.
Windows Central also reveals that the Series S will carry a $299 retail price but will also be available as a $25 per month Xbox All Access plan that’ll come with Xbox Live and Game Pass. The Series X, meanwhile, is said to be $499 at retail or $35 a month. Both consoles will be released on November 10th.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer’s comments on “the next Xbox consoles” and the Series X name’s implication of another series. The Series S name has already shown up in leaked controller packaging.
Series S will target around 4 teraflops of GPU performance, which in comparison to 12 in the Series X and 6 in the One X. Despite that comparison, though, this should be a far more capable machine than the One X. The Series S will benefit from the Series X’s hugely increased CPU power and SSD performance, meaning it’ll run true next-generation games, but the reduction in GPU power means it likely won’t output modern titles in 4K resolution. While the Xbox One X can run some Xbox One games in 4K, it won’t be able to play next-gen versions of games at all.