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Microsoft’s Xbox Series S seemingly confirmed via Xbox controller packaging

A second next-gen console has been rumored for a while

Xbox Series X controller Image: Microsoft
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is slated for a release date during the holiday season, but the company reportedly plans to release a second next-gen console, too — called Xbox Series S, according to Eurogamer. Eurogamer reported the Xbox Series S would be revealed in August, but controller packaging seems to have gotten ahead of it.

On Aug. 9, Twitter user Zakk_exe posted photos of the new Xbox controller and its packaging — the photos of which match up with a leaked photo posted online in July. The Verge reported that it had confirmed the authenticity of the controller and its packaging. On the package, the controller is listed as compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, along with Xbox One, Windows 10, Android, and iOS.

The Xbox Series S, codenamed “Lockhart,” is expected to be a lower-cost console, an equivalent of this generation’s Xbox One S. The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, is the higher-end, more expensive console. According to The Verge, both consoles will ship with the “same speed CPU,” but with less RAM and GPU performance.

The other immediately noticeable thing about these photos is that the controller is white — called Robot White. Microsoft has only confirmed a black Xbox Series X console, and the white controller might suggest there could be other color options available at some point.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for more information.

Update: Reached for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company had “nothing to announce at this time,” and noted there is “a lot in store for Xbox in 2020.”

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