YouTuber Brad Sams on Monday leaked an image of the long-rumored — a cheaper, less feature heavy version of Xbox’s upcoming next generation console the Xbox Series S — along with a price: $299. After a few hours of speculation, Microsoft tweeted a confirmation.
Yep, the Xbox Series S is real. And yep, it’ll only cost $299.
“Next gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever,” a photo posted on Xbox’s Twitter account said. The shot shows the Series S with a controller for scale. More features, the tweet promised, will be announced soon.
A cheaper, less powerful and digital-only version of the Xbox Series X has been rumored for over a year, and was known as Project Lockhart. After months of attention concentrated on the Series X and PlayStation 5, neither of which we know the price or release date for, speculation on Project Lockhart was excited by a developer leak in June. Last month, showed compatibility with the “Xbox Series S”.
Brad Sams also tweeted footage of what appears to be comparison shots between the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X. According to a report from Windows Central, both consoles will be released on November 10. The “more powerful” Xbox Series X will cost $499 US, according to that report. None of this was confirmed by Xbox.
Many on Twitter speculate that Sams’ leak was orchestrated by Microsoft — though if that’s true, midnight PT is a strange time to drop the news. Either way, the Series S’ price is a pleasant surprise to those anxious about the cost of jumping into the next generation of gaming. It ends a long staredown between Microsoft and Sony, who for the entirety of 2020 seem to have been waiting for the other to flinch first and announce pricing.
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