Xbox Series S reportedly won't be revealed until August

Joanna Estrada
July 1, 2020

Now, we expect to see the Xbox Series X in November and Lockhart may also launch at the same time.

There have been several references to Xbox Series S or Lockhart in the past, but its more powerful cousin, the Xbox Series X, has always been the cynosure for Xbox fans. The company had originally planned to show the console at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, according to Eurogamer.

The August date for the Xbox Series S console unveiling has since been reiterated by Eurogamer.

The rumors of Project Lockhart - which is reportedly the Xbox Series S's official name - have been flying around for years but have only recently begun to pick back up as we approach the final stretch of the console's marketing campaign. Just last week, a leaked Microsoft document made possible hint a the existence of the second next-generation console.

According to TechRadar, it is likely that the Xbox Series S will be a disc-less version of the Series X that uses components sporting offering weaker performance.

The folks at The Verge have seen additional documents that suggest the Series S will have the same AMD CPU as the Series X. However, it will rely on 7.5GB of RAM (versus 13.5GB on the Series X) and around 4TF of GPU performance.

The prospect of a lower cost entry into next-gen gaming is a clever one - even if PS5 proves cheaper than Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S may prove less expensive still. The latter version will ditch a 4K Blu-ray drive. Remember Sony's cheaper "Digital Edition" PS5 console simply lacks an ODD, everything else remains the same.

Regardless, Xbox 20/20 will still continue in July with the Xbox Game Studios event, which is expected to reveal a variety of first party titles, including the possibility of new Fable and Perfect Dark games. However, due to the pandemic and other factors, plans had to be adjusted. That's a quarter the accelerated pixels required for the target market of the Xbox Series X, but with a third of the GPU performance.

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