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The long-rumoured console – previously referred to in leaks by the codename Lockhart – is designed to appeal to cost-conscious players and will target 4 teraflops of computing power (compared to the 12 of Series X), Windows Central reports.
Although the system is reportedly less powerful than Series X, it’s claimed Series S will still offer aspects of the next-gen experience currently unavailable to past-gen consoles, possibly in the form of faster SSD loading speeds and limited ray-tracing.
[UPDATE: The logo for Xbox Series X has been revealed in a new trademark listing.]
It was previously claimed that Lockhart would ship with a faster CPU, no disk drive and target 1440p gaming.
Series S may be heavily promoted with Microsoft’s xCloud streaming service, which could theoretically allow the console to stream Series X-quality performance when Microsoft transitions its server blades to incorporate the next-gen processor.
Windows Central claims this week that Xbox employees are now testing Xbox Series S in their homes and that the timing could line-up with reports of an upcoming Xbox reveal event.
It’s been claimed Microsoft is planning reveals for May, in addition to a digital showcase around June, which matches with what VGC has been told.
Microsoft said on Monday that the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077-themed Xbox One X console will be the last special edition version of the hardware, and Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad suggested the company could discontinue the current-gen model ahead of Xbox Series X’s launch during the 2020 holiday season.
Ahmad also claimed last week that E3’s cancellation will see “the first proper next-gen console/games showcase” take place “much earlier” than June, when the annual trade show was originally scheduled to be held.
Microsoft released the full Xbox Series X hardware specifications in March.