Xbox Series S, the "smallest Xbox ever," officially announced with a $299 price tag By Heidi Nicholas, 08 Sep 2020 CommentsWe're past the first week of September, that Holiday 2020 window is looming, and at last, we have some (slightly) new next-gen info. Speculation and leaks about the Xbox Series S have been making headlines for the last few months, but we now have official confirmation from Microsoft on the "smallest Xbox ever," as well as its $299 / ￡249.99 price tag. Rumours about a second, all-digital, cheaper next-gen console have abounded for some time. The Xbox team says we'll have more info soon, but for now we have an official announcement, a nice new shiny pic, and the all-important price. More leaks sprung up just hours ago, via Brad Sams of Thurrott, for instance, and Microsoft shadow-dropped this official announcement just now in response. The memes are already beginning: if the Xbox Series X was compared to a fridge, this smallest Xbox is being likened to everything from speakers, to, randomly, this:So there we have it, official confirmation from Xbox about how the Xbox Series S will offer "next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever" for $299, with a size comparison pic with the controller for reference. To amp up excitement even more, Marty Hess, who handles Xbox's global product marketing, tweeted to say "If you think announcing a next-gen console in the middle of the night due to leaks is wild, just imagine what else we have cooking…" There's no official word on Xbox Series S specs yet (although we do have the Xbox Series X specs), but reports of possible specs surfaced a few months ago. The Verge puts it at around around 4 TFLOPS of GPU as opposed to the Xbox Series X's 12 TFLOPS. A few months later, The Verge's senior editor tweeted a closer look at speculated Series S stats:The Xbox Series X will launch in November. There's no more specific release date yet, but it's likely the Series S will launch around the same time. We should be hearing from Xbox "soon," but while we wait — what do you think of the Series S price and design? Let us know in the comments!Xbox Series X Written by Heidi NicholasHey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!