The official Microsoft reveal of Xbox Series S, posted in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after a Monday evening leak. [credit: Xbox ]
On Monday evening, a floodgate opened about Microsoft's next-gen console launch plans. Multiple reports, along with a telling video snippet, put an exclamation point on the company's leaked aspirations to launch the "Xbox Series X" console (announced in late 2019) next to a cheaper, smaller "Xbox Series S" model by year's end.
Hours after the reports went live, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox Series S indeed exists. Described by Microsoft as "the smallest Xbox ever," this new console will launch at a $299 price point on November 10.
Longtime Microsoft-tracking reporter Brad Sams kicked off the flurry of Monday news with a screenshot showing an apparent Xbox Series S design, colored white and roughly half the size of an Xbox Series X, next to a price: $299. At the time, Sams did not offer an explanation for where he sourced his image, but he has repeatedly reported on the Series S' existence while it was in development under the code name Lockhart, alongside the Series X (codenamed Scarlett).