KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft is reportedly preparing to launch the Xbox Series S
  • The Redmond-based tech giant has not yet acknowledged the existence of the rumored second next generation gaming console
  • A new report claims that Microsoft is set to launch the Xbox Series S a few weeks from now

A month ago, Microsoft announced the monthly update event called Xbox 20/20 to make sure it keeps the fans up-to-date on the latest information about Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series X and upcoming titles. Whispers online claimed that the Redmond-based tech giant's planned June event was canceled with new plans to hold an event in August.

A new report reveals that Microsoft is planning to launch the rumored Xbox Series S, the more affordable version of the Xbox Series X, which would reportedly challenge Sony's PS5 Digital Edition.

In a recent report released by Eurogamer, it revealed that Microsoft initially planned to launch the Xbox Series S or Lockhart in June. However, because of the situation of the world, the company pushed it back. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's summer plans, the report claimed that the Lockhart or Xbox Series S might be launched following the company's digital Xbox show next month.

In this file photo taken on August 21, 2019 a cloud-based console is displayed at the Microsoft Xbox stand during the Video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, western Germany In this file photo taken on August 21, 2019 a cloud-based console is displayed at the Microsoft Xbox stand during the Video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, western Germany Photo: AFP / Ina FASSBENDER

The latest claim by Eurogamer aligned with an earlier report shared by Venture Beat. The site revealed that Xbox delayed its plans to August. It is not unusual to see companies in the industry change their schedules now and then because of what is happening in the world. With the avalanche of leaks related to the Xbox Series S, it is anticipated that Microsoft would launch the rumored second next-generation gaming console sooner.

The Verge earlier reported the RAM and GPU specs of the Xbox Series S or Lockhart based on the data mined information from a Microsoft document. Rumors have it that Microsoft would offer the Xbox Series S at half the Xbox Series X's price. If this happens, the Lockhart will be the most affordable next-generation gaming console in terms of hardware on offer.

It is worth noting that Microsoft has not yet acknowledged that there is indeed a second next-generation gaming console arriving alongside Xbox Series X. Despite the plethora of leaks and speculations connected to the Xbox Series S, these details are not official. As to this, it is smarter to take this information with a good measure of salt.