Microsoft and Xbox on Monday 8 September 2020 confirmed the release of a second next-generation console, the Xbox Series S. (Not to be confused with the Series X).
Update: 9 September 2020 – Xbox South Africa confirmed on social media that the Series S will be available in South Africa at a cost of R6 999.
"Now officially official: Xbox Series S. Next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever. R6 999 (RRP)".Xbox South Africa, Twitter.
Xbox Series S: What you need to know
According to Microsoft, the second next-gen console would be the "smallest Xbox ever". The estimated retail price is about R1 100 more than the lowest-priced version of the firm's existing Xbox One range.
"Let's make it official! Xbox Series S. Next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever. […] Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise".Xbox, Twitter.
Xbox Series S: Release date and price
The smaller console will be released in the United States on 10 November 2020. Microsoft yet has to confirm when it's flagship console, the Xbox Series X, will be released.
Experts are speculating that the S series will be a digital-only console. The smaller console will be priced at $299, which works out to about R5 000. However, we'll have to wait for a suggested South African retail price.
It's assumed that the smaller console will have a less-powerful graphics card and have less internal storage. The timing couldn't have been better, as many gamers are still waiting for Series X and PS5 announcements.
"The Xbox Series S in my view represents a great value compromise in a world of ever-increasing costs for cutting-edge technology. It could be a real winner for the average gamer and an advantage against Xbox's main rival."Adam Campbell, founder of POC in Play
Specs and features
Trusted leaker Walking Cat shared a video of the upcoming console on Twitter, revealing that the "smallest Xbox ever", which is nearly 60% smaller than other consoles, will support next-gen performance.
Some of the features mentioned in the video include a custom NVME SSD powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture, faster loading times, and an "all-digital experience" with frame rates of up to 120 fps.
The console will also support Game Pass, DirectX Raytracing along with ultra-low latency, 4K streaming media playback and 4k upscaling for over 100 games optimised for next-gen gaming.
Watch: Xbox advert
no point holding this back now I guess pic.twitter.com/SgOAjm3BuP— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020
The Verge points out that "the 512GB storage could be a challenge given modern games regularly exceed the 100GB mark". Tom Warren adds:
"But it's still possible the [smaller console] will include the same removable storage port found on the larger Xbox Series X. Microsoft isn't using a disc drive in the Xbox Series S, so storage expansion will be a necessity".
Not everyone seemed excited about the announcement. One netizen thanked Xbox for making it official, because "Sony can now make their move, even if it's just with the Digital Edition".