Xbox Series S Confirmed- Smallest Xbox Ever, £249 RRP

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After a leak of the full announcement trailer earlier today, Microsoft have confirmed the existence of their lower end offering of next gen console, the Series S, along with the first official pricing of any of the upcoming consoles from either Sony or Microsoft. Unlike Sony's diskless digital edition as what is expected to be a slightly more inexpensive but otherwise identical version of the main PS5, Microsoft have gone for a significantly stripped down machine to offer as a true budget console. The headline specs include:

* Support for up to 1440p and 120fps gaming- no native 4K, instead delivered by upsampling.
* Raytracing, variable shading and variable refresh rates still supported
* 512GB SSD with same low latency technology
* Less than half the size of the Series X
* £249 / £299 RRP

The performance numbers are disappointing, supposedly Microsoft are projecting about 4 teraflops of power which even puts it behind the current gen Xbox One X's 6tflops. But the new features and architecture in tandem with that price tag could still be very compelling for the people who are still using 1080p TVs, 1440p monitors, or simply aren't concerned with the difference between upscaled and native 4K. With Microsoft and Sony still playing chicken on the price of their main consoles it's looking increasingly ominous for their price tags, so having such an aggressively low cost option could really tip things in their favour for the early stages of the next console war, grabbing sales that would never have gone to the new consoles while offering a more attractive prospect than the old ones, even undercutting the Switch.

So yeah, thoughts?
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Surprising but wait and see how real its limitations are. The smaller PS3s seemed a good budget option until you later discovered you can't download many games in the store you bought because you actually needed double the advertised download size, which was larger than the hard drive's real / not advertised size.

It doesn't fix my main issue with consoles though: no more exclusives. But for people scared off by the unknown of PC, it could stop Xbox getting destroyed for yet another generation.
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After a leak of the full announcement trailer earlier today, Microsoft have confirmed the existence of their lower end offering of next gen console, the Series S, along with the first official pricing of any of the upcoming consoles from either Sony or Microsoft. Unlike Sony's diskless digital edition as what is expected to be a slightly more inexpensive but otherwise identical version of the main PS5, Microsoft have gone for a significantly stripped down machine to offer as a true budget console. The headline specs include:

* Support for up to 1440p and 120fps gaming- no native 4K, instead delivered by upsampling.
* Raytracing, variable shading and variable refresh rates still supported
* 512GB SSD with same low latency technology
* Less than half the size of the Series X
* £249 / £299 RRP

The performance numbers are disappointing, supposedly Microsoft are projecting about 4 teraflops of power which even puts it behind the current gen Xbox One X's 6tflops. But the new features and architecture in tandem with that price tag could still be very compelling for the people who are still using 1080p TVs, 1440p monitors, or simply aren't concerned with the difference between upscaled and native 4K. With Microsoft and Sony still playing chicken on the price of their main consoles it's looking increasingly ominous for their price tags, so having such an aggressively low cost option could really tip things in their favour for the early stages of the next console war, grabbing sales that would never have gone to the new consoles while offering a more attractive prospect than the old ones, even undercutting the Switch.

So yeah, thoughts?
If I'm being honest, I doubt the majority of people who would be looking at a Series S are actually going to be bothered about it being less powerful as those who actually cared were more likely to go with the Series X, PS5 or a get a PC anyway. The vast majority of people who I can see as actually being interested in a Series S are probably more looking for something to just relax with some games, play with friends and have a good time. And for a lot of those people, considering the economic turmoil from COVID, the lower starting price alone is probably going to be a big reason to get a Series S. Of course, as ozzyoscy mentioned, we'll have to wait to see the limitations. But if all goes to plan, I think that Microsoft might have a winner on their hands. Of course, we'll have to wait and see who wins this generation. Sony will still probably win, but this time it would likely be by a slimmer margin(if at all).
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