UPDATE: After the leak, Xbox officially confirmed the Xbox Series S and that the price is $299. Xbox provided no other details except we'd be hearing soon.
👀 Let’s make it official!— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
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The worst kept secret in gaming has leaked out further, as reputed Microsoft source Brad Sams has shared a picture of the Xbox Series S, as well as the likely price point.
Sams was the first one to report about the Xbox Series S back in 2018, then known as Lockhart ( just as the Series X was known as Anaconda), and was excited today to share the new information. He didn't have specs to divulge, although he mentioned that he thought the Series S would have around 4 teraflops of power (and presumably be targeting 1080p resolution).
More surprising than the picture though, is the estimated price point that Sams shared. An estimated $299 price point from Microsoft for the Xbox Series S would push the device to the definite lower end of the console price point market. While Sams doesn't confirm there's no disk drive, instead merely saying that it doesn't look like there is, a separate report from Windows Central states that there will be no disk drive.
You can see Sams talk about the device below, something he was quite clearly excited to see.
I do have to wonder why Microsoft has played coy with price on the Xbox Series line if they had a bombshell like this to drop. A next-gen console at the $299 price point would be a powerful move, and one Sony is unlikely to be able to match. It also raises questions about where the Xbox One S fits into Microsoft's plans, as this would take the low price position spot the Series S is in directly.
If this turns to be all accurate though, and as he mentions its announced soon, it will be interesting to see as it gives Microsoft something to sell on when they don't have Halo.
Also: it looks like a speaker.
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