Possible leak further details Xbox Series S "Lockhart" specs
A bit more clarity but no reveal yet.
What you need to know
- A new report from TweakTown backs up some of the specs we previously leaked for Xbox Series S, aka Lockhart.
- Tom Warren with The Verge also stepped in to provide information on the graphics component.
- Xbox Series S still has not been officially announced.
A report from TweakTown released a breakdown of the rumored Xbox Series S specs. Most of these specs backed up what we previously reported in December 2019, though it appears that the CPU may have a slighly higher clock speed. Tom Warren at The Verge also backed up these specs, adding that the GPU component has 20 CUs running at 1.55 GHz.
Here's the current rumored specs for the Xbox Series S, aka Lockhart.
|Category||Xbox Series X|
|Processor||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|Graphics||4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @ 1.55 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Memory||10 GB GDDR6|
|Internal Storage||Custom NVME SSD|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Performance Target||1440P @ 60 FPS|
|Release date||Holiday 2020|
The Xbox Series S is all-but-confirmed, having not actually been revealed yet. Controllers appeared in the wild with branding stating compatibility with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, so it definitely exists. While we'd heard before that the console was planned to be revealed earlier this year, the ongoing global pandemic has thrown many things off. We'll be sure to provide updates when the Xbox Series S is officially announced.
Xbox Series X/S
- Xbox Series X: Everything we know
- Best games coming to Xbox Series X/S
- List of Xbox Series X specs
- What is the Xbox Series X release date?
- How much does Xbox Series X cost?
- Why you can't preorder Xbox Series X yet
- Best Xbox Series X Headsets
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They will take the Series X APUs that don't quite pass QA and fuse-off some of the CUs, drop the frequency down a bit, and reduce the memory bus (maybe) and pair it with cheaper (slower) memory and plunk it down in a new XBox Series S console. 60% the performance for 60% of the price. (Probably $349.00) Whereas the full Series X will come in at $599.00. This will replace the XBOX One X as it will be approx the same power, and as they have already stopped manufacturing One X and S and they will go away when inventory is gone (expect a big One X/S fire sale for Holiday 2020.)
That way all that expensive silicon is not wasted, they move to a new console pair that BOTH use the same peripherals, expansion SSD's, software stacks, programing functions, and supply chain. If they DON'T do this they are fools. This happens ALL THE TIME in GPU manufacturing from NVIDIA, AMD, etc. and even in CPU manufacturing with Intel and AMD both doing this.
You just bin it to a lower SKU and fuse off a BANK of CU's that includes the bad ones, run it at a lower speed (maybe) pair it with slower memory and voila! The XBOX Series S.
You can also just use a different manufacturing mask around the edges of the wafer where you don't quite have room for a full XBSX APU, but you can squeeze in a couple hundred smaller, (less CUs) size APU (probably with 1/2 the CUs considering the way the architecture is laid out.) That gives you a full-speed, but only 28 CU APU. Slap in some slower memory (GDDR5x?) but keep all the other features, and you got a great product at a much lower price point (and much lower TDP requirements so the cooling solution is much cheaper too.)
Then again, maybe the just manufacture a XBSS APU that way in the first place w/28 CUs considering how low the failure rate is for 7nm nowadays. You get many more APU's per wafer so the price is lower.
Either way, I expect a XBox Series S to fully supplant the older XBox One X and S. To keep their supply chain streamlined they have to do this as a lot of the older parts will fade out from the market and no longer be available at a good price, especially as the volume of sales falls off the cliff with the new consoles taking up the sales.