On Sunday evening, a flood situation opened up about Microsoft’s next-gen console launch plans. Several reports, along with a reported video snippet, put an exclusive point on the company’s leaked aspirations, launching the “Xbox Series X” console (announced in late 2019) next to a cheap, small “Xbox Series S” model. Have to do.
And while some details may change – notably the reports’ estimate of $ 299 for the Xbox Series S and $ 499 for the Xbox Series X – we suspect that this leaked design for a smaller, next-gen Xbox is accurate.
Longtime Microsoft-tracking reporter Brad Symes hit the headlines on Sunday’s news, showing a screenshot showing a clear Xbox Series S design, colored white and roughly half the size of an Xbox Series X The price was $ 299. Symes offered no explanation as to where he limited his image, but he has repeatedly reported on the existence of the series S, while it was code X (codename Scarlett) under Code X Lockhart Was under development with.
S mark the spot
If previous reports pan out, the series S will begin with many of the same technical leaps found in the Series X and may include features such as fast game loading or fancy graphical effects such as ray tracing. But the Series S will offer those “next-gen” perks at least at maximum power for lower pixel resolution (such as 1080p) or lower frame rates to lower the console’s price. Sams and other journalists have estimated a peak rendering level of around 4 teraflops for the Series S, compared to 12 TF power and 4K resolution aspirations for the Series X.
In August, Ars Technica was able to confirm the name of the cheap console, being familiar with Microsoft’s plans and the initial launch of its controller (whose “compatibility” list mentions “Xbox Series X / S”).
Shortly after Sam’s report went live, Windows Central reported a similar price point for the Series S, as well as claiming that the Xbox Series X would launch at $ 499. The WC report, citing “sources”, claimed that both consoles would launch on November 10, but the report did not clarify which areas to launch. (Microsoft previously confirmed the “November” console launch for Series X)
While the combination of dates and prices may very well change beyond what Microsoft is announcing, the Series S design has been confirmed by both reports citing the same design — next. A leaked snippet of the series S revealing video shared by Twitter’s “_h0x0d_”. “This four-second video includes a slick animation of both new consoles placed side-by-side, followed by an emphasis on size comparison by sliding into the transparent version of the Series S chassis. At that point, one The narrator describes. “How small it is.”
What the narrator does not say in that brief clip is that the Series S disappears the disk drive on its front part or other visible sides. Whether the disk drive could exist on any other side is unclear, but it would be a huge design departure for the Xbox, which has placed the disc-drive slot the same year as its console power button. Therefore, it is possible to abandon disk drives and insist on digital-download subscription packages such as Xbox Game Pass as a way to reduce the price to $ 299.
Instead, the video shows the top hole that resembles the dot pattern found on the edges of the Xbox One X, as well as a dotted, all-black circular panel on one side – to enable more venting. is. Aside from the big circle-vent thing, the similarity of the Xbox One X console isn’t surprising at all, given that Microsoft removed all Xbox One X consoles earlier this year – leading us to speculate that the Xbox Series S can take his place. Xbox Hierarchy.
The Windows Central report includes a suggestion that the series will launch with an S $ 25 / month “Xbox All Access” financing option while the Series X will be available for $ 35 / month. The exact terms of such a contract, and whether it may include allowances such as Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, have not yet been confirmed.
Representatives from Xbox and Microsoft did not immediately respond to questions about the apparent leak of Xbox next-gen plans.
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