16 September 2020
UPDATE (September 9th, 2020):
Microsoft has now revealed more details about the Xbox Series S. It has revealed that it will be an all-digital gaming console which means there will not be support for physical discs. The team is promising higher frame rates, faster loading times, and better gaming performance despite it being the smallest Xbox ever.
The Xbox Series S is powered by Xbox Velocity architecture. It will come loaded with custom 512GB NVMe SSD storage and quick-resuming for games. The console will offer up to 1440p resolution at 120fps and even supports 4K upscaling. There is DirectX raytracing, variable rate shading, and variable refresh rate. Lastly, it will go on sale starting on November 10th.
Original (September 8th, 2020)
Microsoft finally broke the silence on the existence of the Xbox S after days of speculations. The official account of Xbox tweeted the picture of Xbox Series S alongside a brief description, “Let’s make it official! Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever.” Alongside this, the tweet also revealed the price is going to be $299, which means the leaked information that surfaced just a day ago by Brad Sams on Thurrott.com was true.
👀 Let’s make it official!— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020
Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).
Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise. pic.twitter.com/8wIEpLPVEq
Minutes after the big revelation, the company made a follow-up tweet that appears to be confirming the codename. The tweet posted the emojis of a lock and a heart, reflecting the name to be “Lockheart,” though the exact leaked codename is “Lockhart. The company has not made any other revelations but confirmed that more information will be shared soon.
The details are pretty scarce at this time, though The Verge had previously reported that the Series S is designed to play next-gen games. It is expected that Microsoft will position the Xbox Series S console for 1080p or 1440p gaming. Users will be able to play games in a smaller, cheaper package with less GPU power than the Xbox Series X.
A report from Windows Central states that Xbox Series S will launch alongside the Series X on November 10th.