Microsoft officially announces Xbox Series S and its price

Still no word on the release date

Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox Series S, just hours after renders of the console leaked online.

The tech giant revealed the design and price of the upcoming next-gen console on its Twitter, where it described the system as having “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever”.

Microsoft also confirmed that Series S will cost US$299 at launch, which matches the leaked pricing. However, the company did not comment on the speculated release date of November 10, instead stating that it is “looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise”.

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Check out Microsoft’s tweet below.

A render of the Xbox Series S of originally leaked earlier in the day on September 8, and was first obtained and shared by tech journalist Brad Sams on Thurrot and his personal Twitter account. The still render showed off the full console, alongside the Xbox Series X controller that leaked online last month. According to the leaked image, the Xbox Series X will feature a flatter design than its more powerful big brother.

Per the render, the console will be white in colour and features what seems to be a black cooling grill on the top when laid horizontally, at a US$299 price tag. However, the console does not seem to include a disc drive, much like the Digital Edition of Sony’s PS5

Sams later since shared a second video, via the Twitter account @_h0x0d_, of the Series S render, which compares the size of the unannounced console to the much wider and taller Series X. Check out the video below.

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Microsoft has not officially announced the Xbox Series S, although evidence of the cheaper next-gen console has been floating around the internet for months. A new ESBR rating for Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War also notably listed the game to release on Xbox Series, instead of previous game listings of Xbox Series X.

A twitter user was able to get his hands on an Xbox Series X controller in early August. The controller’s packaging listed a number of compatible devices, which include the Xbox Series S. Back in June, a leaked Microsoft document revealed that an Xbox Series X development kit included a special Lockhart mode that revealed a lower-powered next-gen console.

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