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Xbox Series S outed by next-gen controller leak—and its legit

  • A new controller for a system that hasn't launched yet? That's interesting enough, sure. But the news comes when you turn the box. Zak S
  • Notice "Xbox Series X | S" as a descriptor? That is legitimate. Zak S
  • The controller works with existing Xbox One consoles, and one owner we've gotten in touch with, who goes by Zak S on Twitter, has offered praise: "The d-pad is one of my favorite parts to it." Zak S
  • A second box was found in the wild. Tiny Rakan
  • It, too, includes mention of the unannounced Xbox Series S. Tiny Rakan
  • When contacted directly by Ars Technica, Zak S forwarded us images from the included manual. These include an apparent image of Xbox Series X, but not older consoles (or the still unseen Series S). Zak S
  • The other side of the instruction manual. Zak S

The next version of the standard, cross-console Xbox controller has been spotted in the wild, ahead of its official retail announcement. But the two leaked controllers we've seen thus far are even more intriguing because of something they have in common: an apparently official mention of "Xbox Series S" as an additional Microsoft next-gen console.

Ars Technica can confirm that this is indeed the name of an upcoming, unannounced Microsoft product, based on conversations with people familiar with Microsoft's hardware plans. The Series S will apparently exist alongside the well-publicized Xbox Series X, which still doesn't have a publicly known date or price.

S marks the spot—but questions remain

The controller itself was previously announced alongside Xbox Series X's reveal during the December 2019 broadcast of The Game Awards. While it bears a strong resemblance to the existing Xbox One controller, its general mold has been shrunken to better support a wider range of hand sizes. Functionally, it's identical, other than a new "share" button, while its d-pad has been updated to resemble one of the d-pad options found in the first-party Xbox Elite Controller line. One owner of the new controller, who goes by Zak S on Twitter, pointed specifically to the updated d-pad as "one of [his] favorite parts."

Zak S was kind enough to directly send Ars Technica photos of the new controller's instruction manual, which shows the power button of a console thatRead More – Source