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Microsoft's Xbox Series S 'Lockhart' console has leaked… again

Xbox Lockhart Concept
Xbox Lockhart Concept (Image credit: /u/jiveduder on Reddit)

The existence of Xbox Series S, a more affordable entry point into Microsoft's next-generation console lineup, is now all-but-confirmed — yet with no reveal set. Talk of a lower-tier, sister console to Xbox Series X continues to circulate, geared toward the budget-conscious buyer, targeting HD gaming. The device has been on our radar since 2019 under its "Lockhart" codename, with references to the unannounced box since sprouting across Xbox-branded accessories.

The Xbox Series S no longer remains a tight secret, following its appearance through official SDK documents and most recently surfacing through packaging for revised Xbox gamepad for Xbox Series X. The latest now comes via updated promotional materials bundled with existing Xbox One controllers, with reports of an included Xbox Game Pass pamphlet referencing the mysterious Xbox Series S.

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While the Xbox Series X remains the brand's pinnacle headed into late 2020, Xbox Series S is expected to provide a cheaper alternative balancing the cost with more reserved upgrades. Our previous reporting suggests Xbox Series S targets graphical performance around four teraflops (TF), with some next-gen features, compared to the 12TF of Xbox Series X. Other reported specifications include a GPU with 20 CU running at 1.55 GHz, NVME SSD to cut loading times, and no optical disc drive.

The Xbox Series S acts as a low-cost ticket into the next generation, causing issues when Xbox Series X pricing and availability remain a mystery. While the Lockhart console was expected to make its appearance last June, it remains absent as fall approaches. The unveiling isn't too far out, assuming the device remains on track, likely now eyeing a September appearance.

While there's still a lot unknown about Xbox Series S and its flagship Xbox Series X with just months to go, we know both consoles are real, and not too far away.

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Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

6 Comments
  • Has to be revealed before TGS September 24. There's rumored big news to be dropped by Xbox.
  • What? Microsoft made a GameCube? B-) jk
  • But the leaked one has rounded corners. Is everyone leaking their own versions now. 😄
  • Announce it already....
  • Really confused by this console - isn't this less powerful than the Xbox One X? Except the SSD? (external easily bought). Why would anyone buy it?
  • The Series S will be targeting 1080p/1440p, not 4K. Comparing the One X teraflops to the Series X is not apples to apples. The newer technology used in the Series X actually outperforms the One X. In fact, It has the capability to use ray tracing and has a faster CPU than the PS5. Who will buy it? Well, at a rumored $200-$300 dollars a lot of people should be interested. Price conscious consumers during COVID, Parents who want a less costly choice for kids, people whom do not have 4K TV's, PS5 owners who want to dip their toes into Xbox cheaply....... I'm sure there are other reasons to buy but those are the ones off the top of my head.