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Xbox Series S: Everything we know about the smaller rumoured console

Various leaks and rumours have suggested Microsoft will launch an Xbox Series S, which will be a more affordable next-gen alternative to the Xbox Series X console. 

A new leaked document (reported by The Verge) suggests the Xbox Series S (aka Xbox Lockhart) will be able to run games in resolutions up to 1440p, with specs including “7.5GB of usable RAM, a slightly underclocked CPU speed, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance.”

The Verge also claims this leaked document describes a profiling mode that is part of the Xbox Series X development kit. This devkit, codenamed Dante, allows developers to enable a Lockhart mode which lets them hit the performance profile expected from the second console.

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Xbox Series S including all the latest news, rumours, specs, potential reveal plans and more.

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Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S release date – When is it coming out?

It’s currently unknown when the Xbox Series S will launch. If it releases alongside the Xbox Series X, it will arrive during “Holiday 2020.”

However, with Microsoft yet to confirm the existence of the console, a 2020 release is becoming less likely by the day. Rumours have suggested it could be delayed to 2021, although this is probably just guesswork.

Xbox Series S price – How much will it cost?

There’s currently no official price for the Xbox Series S, although it’s widely expected to be significantly cheaper than the Xbox Series X.

We reckon it could cost anywhere between £299 and £399, which is roughly around the same price the Xbox One S retailed for at launch back in 2013.

Halo Infinite

Xbox Series S games – What will the launch games be?

The Xbox Series S is likely to share the same game library as the Xbox Series X, although don’t expect those games to run quite as smoothly.

Microsoft is set to announce its first-party launch lineup today at 4pm. Before then, here is the list of confirmed and rumoured games that could be headed to the next generation of Microsoft consoles:

Related: Best Xbox Series X Games

Xbox Series S specs – How powerful will it be?

The Series S is rumoured to be a four teraflop entry-level console for the next generation. Four teraflops don’t sound like a lot when you consider the 12 teraflops packed into the Xbox Series X, but it’s still pretty powerful – bear in mind the current Xbox One has just 1.3 teraflops of computing power and still loads up some pretty impressive gaming experiences.

The Series S is said to be aimed at gamers wanting to play games in 1080p or 1440p, which makes a lot of sense considering most PC gamers still play at these resolutions due to the costs involved in upgrading to 4K.

Xbox Series S (rumoured) Xbox Series X (confirmed)
Targeted game performance Up to 1440p Up to 8K
GPU performance 4 Teraflops  12 Teraflops
RAM 7.5GB 13.5GB

The imminent arrive of Project xCloud also supports the idea of Microsoft launching a console option that doesn’t boast high-end specs, as subscribers only need a good internet connection in order to see a fantastic performance.

That said, it hasn’t been confirmed whether you’ll be able to see 4K resolutions via xCloud just yet, but the technology is undoubtedly available to Microsoft to enable it in the future.

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Xbox Series X

Design – How does the new console look?

We’re expecting a smaller version of the large, PC-esque, Xbox Series X. As a result, the Series S may end up looking more like a traditional console than its big brother does.

Right now, we have the render at the top of this article, but no official imagery to go on. We’ll have to bide our time and see what the Series S looks like, but expect a more compact version of the Series X.

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