We can't guarantee this info will make you feel any better, but Xbox Series S could've been seen back in July, had we only bothered to look past Phil Spencer.
We're talking about Spencer's July presentation, which somehow got a free pass from the online scrutiny department.
And indeed, if you look behind Spencer, you'll see that it's Xbox Series S that's sitting on the shelf. We're aware of the saying that if you want to hide something, it's best to do it in plain sight, but this feels almost painful.
In hindsight, we should've seen this coming from one of Xbox's key people. He stated on numerous occasions that his testing is often done by taking samples home, so yeah - more scrutiny next time around would be wise.
As for Xbox Series S, Microsoft's next-gen little guy has officially been announced with the same CPU as its big brother, Xbox Series X. It has no optical drive and further cuts on the GPU and memory made the $299 price point possible.
That said, the price advantages mean slight performance cuts - Microsoft aimed to deliver 1440p at 120 FPS, although 4K will be possible through upscaling.
The company faced some criticism for Xbox Series S, specifically that it will hold back next-gen gaming, but there's no reason this should be the case. In fact, TeamBlurGames design lead Gavin Stevens said that Sampler Feedback Streaming, IO improvements, faster memory, ray tracing and all the other bells and whistles mean "the XSS eats the past gen X1X alive, and it really is no contest.
In the meantime, Rumourville churned out yet another one, this time about Xbox Series V , a digital-only version of the Series X.