Xbox Series S, Revealed

Posted on September 7, 2020 by Brad Sams in Games, Xbox with 16 Comments

We knew it was coming since 2018 but now we have our first look at the unannounced hardware. The Xbox Series S is expected to be announced sometime soon but this is your first look at the hardware.

The big news here, aside from the device itself, is that it looks like it will cost $299 when the hardware hits retail availability. The console is white and based on the image, does not appear to have a disc drive but we don’t fully know that until we get a better side shot of the console. Further, this device appears to look closer to the Xbox One family of devices than the tower of the Series X.

With this price point, Microsoft is making an aggressive entry into the next-generation console wars and will likely undercut the PS5 on pricing. Further, we can likely speculate that the Series X should come in at either $499 or possibly $599, based on the pricing of this console.

While we still do not know the release date for this console, or the Series X, based on the images that have started showing up across the web for this console, an announcement should be right around the corner.

For now, we need to wait for Microsoft to officially announce the console and more importantly, let us know the date that the hardware will be released.

[Update] Microsoft has officially announced the console – more info here.

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Xbox Series S, Revealed”

  1. solomonrex

    That is tiny. I'm hoping it's at least a One X inside, anything less would be disappointing.

  2. glenn8878

    $299 is a reasonable price, but how much sacrifice?

    • Jorge Garcia

      In reply to glenn8878:

      1440p at 120hz is pretty awesome. The only sacrifice seems to be the resolution, which really won't be a big deal to most. The lack of an optical drive might upset some, but hey this future was inevitable. Maybe soon they can sell the bulk of a game on a USB stick and then you just download the updates/patches?

  3. ngc224

    What a “scoop” Brad!  /s

  4. red.radar

    my first reaction just looking at the thumbnail... a smart speaker ? Oh... this is better.....much better and for the same cost as some competitors smart speaker



  5. asarathy

    No disc drive would be a huge mistake

  6. Daishi

    Stop making things up Sams...

  7. tfinch

    Congrats on the scoop. The price was definitely the big missing piece to the puzzle.

  8. codymesh

    what a scoop brad. This set the internet on fire today

  9. mikegalos

    And the Xbox team has now tweeted a picture and made it official with the following text:


    Let’s make it official!

    Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP).

    Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise.



  10. bart

    My new console?

  11. Usman

    As long as it can do 120hz at 1080p/1440p at the same visuals, then I think it's a smart position.


    However when Digital Foundry did analysis on Series S like PC vs Xbox One X, it only just about matched One X performance, so it'll be interesting to see if it's just a better One X replacement or a 1080p/1440p Series X model

    • asarathy

      In reply to Usman:

      Same performance as the X with a faster HD would be a win though. But lack of Optical drive (or at least a sku with an optical) would be painful. Hopefully there is one for 50 more.

  12. madthinus

    This is a beachhead if there ever was one. Play all your games and the next gen at $299 at 1080p. Bold, I like it!


    But, if you want the uber experience, 4K at $499, 549 or 599? Big questions?