Late Monday evening, we got our first purported look at the Xbox Series S, the long-rumored budget version of Microsoft’s upcoming next-gen Xbox Series X console, and if that $299 price is the real deal, it could just be Microsoft’s ace in the hole.
The console’s gone by the codename Lockhart in rumors dating back as far as 2018, and leaked Xbox Series X development documents that surfaced in June only shoveled more fuel on the “Lockhart is real” fire.
Then, Microsoft effectively leaked the Series S name itself last week via an Xbox Game Pass insert in the packaging of one of its wireless controllers, as spotted by Tom’s Guide.
BWW Media Group’s Brad Sams shared what appears to be a leaked promotional image of the Xbox Series S on Twitter and YouTube on Monday.
Given that a lot of people still haven’t upgraded to 4K televisions and may not need the Series X’s raw horsepower to play their preferred titles, Microsoft is smart to hit the ground running with a cheaper alternative.
It should be noted that the $299 tag for the Series S is subject to change too, as the ad notes in fine print along the bottom that it’s an “estimated retail price.
In terms of form factor, the Series S looks like it’d fit more at home beside the Xbox One family than the beefy black box that is the Series X.
Based on that info, we can assume that Microsoft’s Series X will likely come in at around $499 or $599 since you can typically expect a $200-300 premium between the budget and flagship console options.
In the meantime, you can catch up on all the rumors about specs and possible titles for both the Series X and PlayStation 5 in our previous coverage here and here. Gizmodo weekend editor.