Microsoft’s cheap alternative to the Xbox Series X has a name. New, extensive leaks on the white controller confirm the Xbox Series S, which was previously only known under the code name “Lockhart“. The official launch could be imminent.
After the first photos of a white Xbox controller including an improved D-Pad and Share button appeared on the web a few weeks ago, the cat should now be completely out of the bag. The Twitter user Zak S was able to buy the next-gen gamepad in the “Robot White” color variant before the new Microsoft consoles were released. The newly published pictures of the original packaging (OVP) not only confirm the existence of the white design but also the name of the upcoming Xbox Series S, which apparently slimmed down and cheaper versions of the Xbox Series X.
Presentation at the competitive price could take place in August
The colleagues from The Verge, among others, are sure that the controller at hand is the real version that is included in the scope of delivery of the Xbox Series S and is also to be sold separately. When exactly Microsoft will present the alternative to its flagship console planned for autumn remains unclear. However, experts have long been expecting a presentation in August. It is questionable with what equipment and at what price “Lockhart” will be placed on the market.
While the new Xbox Series X with AMD’s Zen-2 processors, RDNA-2 graphics chips and 16 GB GDDR6 memory is supposed to deliver a performance of up to 12 TFLOPs (teraflops), the memory and performance of the Xbox Series S could reach 7, 5 GB and only 4 TFLOPs are limited. Insiders have been anticipating since June that Microsoft would like to make the next-gen entry as cheap as possible in order to be able to assert itself in terms of price against the Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5). There is even talk of fighting prices around US $200 or an Xbox Series S subscription including a console and digital services such as the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.