Xbox Series S reportedly won't be revealed until August

Yolanda Curtis
June 29, 2020

There's also the not-insignificant possibility that there is no Xbox Series S. While the evidence this time around is compelling, it's worth noting that the vast majority of "low-powered Xbox" rumors over the years have been pure fabrication.

Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 will hit retail shelves later this year.

Assuming that the Xbox Series S is a real thing, here's what you need to know about it: The console will be a low-powered, low-priced alternative to a full Xbox Series X. It's not clear how much the Series S might cost, but pricing it at least $100 cheaper than its Series X cousin would not be impossible.

The PS5 is a singularly unique-looking console with an aesthetic that has divided fans.

On paper, this would put the Xbox Lockhart below the Xbox One X, which offers 6 TFLOPS of performance and 9GB of RAM useable by games. That's where Lockhart comes in. As Warren noted on Twitter in March, the Xbox Series X has a snake etched into its main board, all but confirming that it is Anaconda. Instead, it's just been the subject of rumours. They're both powerful consoles, but Microsoft has the much faster (and not just "technically") console as it is almost 20% more powerful - if you wanted to use the TFLOPs argument, that is. In the same document, there's a reference to both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X.

Sony has come out bragging up the 10.3 TFLOPs inside of its next-gen PlayStation 5 console, and while some say the PS5 is "technically" less powerful than Xbox Series X - it's a fair chunk less powerful than Microsoft's new Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X has a 12 TFLOPs GPU and 13.5GB of usable RAM In addition, its CPU has a lower frequency, although there are no details of how much that exactly is. That's less than what the current Xbox One X is capable of, and resolutions more common for popular gaming monitors than TVs.

But more than anything else, Microsoft has to respond to Sony's PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, a disk-less version of the upcoming next-generation console. While Microsoft didn't stray too far from the tried-and-tested "black rectangle" with the Xbox Series X, Sony shook things up with its futuristic design that packs sleek curves and sharp angles into its pristine, white form factor.

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