We know Microsoft is working on a second “budget” next-gen console. Rumours have been circling for more than a year now that the company will release two Xbox Series devices later this year. However, we have not seen or heard anything official yet. The rumoured “Xbox Series S” is said to be smaller, less powerful and not cost as much as the “X”. According to a newly leaked document, the company plans on revealing the device in August.
Eurogamer reports that Microsoft had originally planned to showcase the console codenamed “Lockhart” in June. However, the company moved plans up to August. The document also confirmed the console to be called the Xbox Series S.
Previous reports claim that Microsoft built the Xbox Series X devkit named “Dante” with a specific function that allows developers to select the Xbox Series S profile. In turn, it lets them work and optimize games for this “less-powerful” device by hitting performance levels Microsoft set.
As for the specs, the Xbox Series S is said to be a lot less powerful offering an affordable approach to next-gen gaming. The console will target a 1080p and perhaps 1440p output. While it has the same CPU as the Xbox Series X, the Lockhart will include 7.5GB of usable RAM and 4 teraflops fo GPU. This is compared to the 13.5GB of usable RAM and 12 teraflops of GPU. The console reportedly also supports raytracing. However, these specs have yet to be confirmed.
We will have to wait and see what Microsoft has in store for the Xbox Series S. In addition, specs and pricing will be a deciding factor for the hardware too. Microsoft promised a monthly update on its next-gen hardware but June has ended without the promised Xbox 20/20 showcase. Let’s hope they make up for it in July.