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Controller leak possibly confirms Xbox Series S name

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Xbox Series X Controller Hero (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is the most powerful next-generation console.
  • Rumors are floating around that there's an Xbox Series S in the works.
  • A white next-generation Xbox Controller box leaked online today.
  • The box says that it works with an unannounced console called the Xbox Series S.

It's no secret that the Xbox Series X is the most powerful next-generation console launching in Holiday 2020. It features 12 teraflops (TFLOPS) of computing power, and can run some games at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second (FPS), like "Orphan of the Machine" and Halo Infinite multiplayer. However, what you probably don't know is that there are rumors floating around of a less powerful, 4 TFLOPS machine that will run games at 1080p resolution and maybe just 60 FPS.

The device is being called the Xbox Series S and today, we may have gotten some indication of its name. Today on Twitter, many users posted an image of a white next-generation Xbox Controller box that says that it works with "Xbox Series X|S."

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As with any such leak, wait for an official reveal. For all we know, this could be a hoax, but given the quality of the box, it doesn't seem likely. However, we just don't know and have no way of confirming unless it was actually in our possession. What do you think? Let us know.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

12 Comments
  • Seems like the real thing. I wonder how marketing will go for the Series S. Will there be another "Optimized for Series S" badge? Or maybe Microsoft sees that one like the Nintendo 2DS which would play 3DS games.
  • Even the english language is proving difficult for Nudella. The definition of a series is 'A number of objects'.
    You cannot have a series of a series of a series but only one device exist in that series
  • It's legit. The Verge has pictures of the controller from the opened box.
  • Series S is the worst kept secret at this point 😂😂
  • Like I mentioned last time to a similar article.. Its easy to get one. I walked to GameStop and they sold me one from the back. Stores do have them, whether they are indicating anything Series S is another thing.
  • Really? I've seen another since this leak.
  • 4chan is full of it 😂 if u can get in.. Warning tho, They ban hammer quick even for just looking at someone elses post that includes this white controller.
  • It would be interesting if the final specs for the Series S end up being higher than what has been speculated all of this time.
  • Worst kept secret in the world. Lol. But seriously, Sony will be listening closely to this. Especially if it's $100 less than any PS5 option. So for all those who don't care about power, as many people online claim. Then there is a fantastic option for you to save money and still have next Gen.
  • If the system is only 4 TF compared like the rumors suggest it will likely be more like $200 less if not more. The plus is it will likely still come with the HDMI 2.1 port lacking in even the One X that will add support for VRR, ALLM, and eARC in 4K. It would also take advantage of things like SSD and Velocity Architecture. Will likely keep the disc drive for 4K Blu-rays and backwards compatibility. These things will make it much more appealing than the One X ever was for around the same price if not less, more around the One S range comparatively. This may sound weird but the Series S may sell better than the Series X if the price is right.
  • Yes, I would think so. Pure speculation on my part, because we don't have any concrete info or pricing yet, but I would expect the Series S to outsell the Series X by a significant amount. The Series X is the premium flagship that gets the press and supports the brand and sells to performance enthusiasts. The Series S is the cheap one that typical customers buy en masse. From a marketing perspective, if they can really pincer grip Sony, flanking them with price on both sides, MS is in a fantastic position. Biggest concern for MS on the business side of this: in spite of the studio acquisitions, Sony still has a massive dominant position, at least in mindshare, for stronger 1st party IP/exclusives. I do expect that to fade and maybe even for Xbox to take the lead, but it doesn't look like they'll be ready with enough new exclusive titles at launch, which makes the value Series S model even more important to attract those on-the-fence customers.
  • @Richard
    I don't care about power, but I'm also not dumb enough to buy that console when I can already play all it's games and future games on hardware I already own. I'm already at MS's next generation. I don't need to wait for the end of the year. LOL