Xbox Series S will launch at $299, Microsoft confirms

From CNET: YouTuber Brad Sams on Monday leaked an image of the long-rumored Xbox Series S -- a cheaper, less feature-heavy version of Xbox's next-generation console the Xbox Series X -- along with a price: $299. After a few hours of speculation, Microsoft tweeted a confirmation.

Yep, the Xbox Series S is real. And yep, it'll only cost $299. Xbox UK announced a price of £249, too. (Australian pricing is unavailable, but the US price converts to AU$420.)

"Next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever," read a tweet from Xbox alongside the photo. The shot shows the Series S with a controller for scale. More features, the tweet promised, will be announced soon.

A cheaper, less powerful and digital-only version of the Xbox Series X has been rumored for over a year, and was known as Project Lockhart. After months of attention concentrated on the Series X and PlayStation 5 -- we don't know the price or release date for either of them -- speculation on Project Lockhart was sparked by a developer leak in June. Last month, leaked packaging for the upcoming Xbox Series X controller showed compatibility with the "Xbox Series S."

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