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Microsoft's cheaper next-gen console named Xbox Series S, leak shows

A leaked package for a next-gen Xbox controller appears to have revealed the name for the Xbox Series X less powerful alternative.


Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Series X console will be hitting store shelves later this year, we know this. But recent months have seen rumors swirl around a less powerful, less expensive version targeting 1440p, all-digital gameplay rather than 4K. The cheaper console had a rumored codename of said to Xbox Lockhart, but leaked packaging for a next-gen Xbox controller, discovered on sale by a Reddit user, shows its official name as the Xbox Series S.


For: Xbox Series X/S, the packaging notes. 

Reddit user Zakk_exe

The packaging notes that the controller works on Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Android and iOS devices.  The user, Zakk_exe, claims to have bought it on OfferUp for $35, and that it came with a code for Microsoft's Game Pass Ultimate subscription service.

If the the leak is accurate, it would be the second one to beset the Xbox console. The existence of a second next-gen Xbox that would launch alongside the more powerful Series X was made known thanks to leaked developer notes in June

We may not have to wait long for the Series S to be made official. Microsoft will reportedly unveil the console late August. It follows comments made by Phil Spencer, vice president of gaming at Microsoft, that the company will unveil more details about the Series X in August

Neither Microsoft or Sony have announced pricing for their next-gen consoles. Like Microsoft, Sony will have two variations of its PlayStation 5 hardware. There'll be a standard unit, and a cheaper, digital-only console with no disc drive.