Microsoft taught the Xbox Series S a long time ago
Rumored for months the smallest Xbox that has never been manufactured was in front of us during all this time. You just have to go back to a couple of interviews conducted in June and July.
On the one hand, during the Gamelab conferences held in June, the Microsoft executive was interviewed by Seth Schiesel to comment on the news that the new generation will bring to the industry, a video broadcast live on June 24 and in which I could see behind Phil Spencer some shelves with books and a white box that now makes all the sense in the world.
As if that were not enough, good old Spencer decided to show it one more time in another subsequent interview, in this case on the iJustine Podcast, Same brain, where the manager replaced the small console in the same place on the shelf, revealing much more on this occasion the circular black grille that characterizes the console so much.
Xbox itself confirmed it through Twitter with a nice tweet.
Fun fact: Xbox Series S is so small @ XboxP3 had it sitting on his bookshelf back on July 1 and nobody noticed. ?
– Xbox (@Xbox) September 11, 2020
A console to take the leap
Microsoft has revealed that the intention of Xbox Series S is none other than to end that difficult moment of making the leap to the new generation, basically because of the high price that it entails. After learning that users pay more attention to the rate of frames per second than to the resolution, they thought it appropriate to bring to life a machine capable of offering the experience of the new generation with less resolution, in exchange for an unbeatable price.
This also implies the disappearance of the optical drive, but considering that many users already opt for digital libraries, this also served to achieve a spectacular form factor with which to turn the console into the smallest model ever created.
A model that seems essential
Microsoft’s strategy inevitably reminds us of Nintendo’s with its Switch. When Sony and Microsoft were battling to win the spot for best console, Nintendo launched a different and attractive product that managed to position itself as the second choice of almost all gamers.
You could have a PS4 or an Xbox One as your main console, but as a secondary you were going to have a Nintendo Switch. Now, with the Xbox Series S proposal, who would not want a secondary console with these features and a service like Xbox Game Pass? If Microsoft does not convince when it comes to choosing Xbox Series X as the main console, it is most likely that it will achieve it as a second level console, something that, seen as seen, would be even poorly cataloged, since despite the 1440p resolution, the games will keep racing at 60 and 120 frames per second.