Xbox Series S Will Reportedly Be Revealed in August

When the console finally debuted, however, only one system was discussed.

Assuming that the Xbox Series S is a real thing, here's what you need to know about it: The console will be a low-powered, low-priced alternative to a full Xbox Series X. It's not clear how much the Series S might cost, but pricing it at least $100 cheaper than its Series X cousin would not be impossible.

We already know that the Xbox Series X boasts 12.1 teraflops of computational power, which bests the PlayStation 5's 10.3 teraflops, but the gap could have been even greater according to Jason Ronald, director of program management for Xbox Series X.

But what about the one area where the PS5 does come out on top when placed head-to-head with the Xbox Series X, the speed of its SSD? This is a good example of how TFLOPS can be a tricky way to measure performance.

Speaking in an interview with Spanish site Xataka, Jason Ronald explains that the reason Sony has managed to close the distance on the Xbox Series X is simply because the PS5 uses variable clock speeds. "We've always talked about consistent and sustained performance".

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But TFLOPS, as a metric, doesn't capture improvements to a GPU's performance per clock, because TFLOPS is a theoretical measurement meant to illustrate the GPU's maximum performance potential. The console would lack a disc drive, relying on game downloads instead, but it would be able to run every Xbox Series X game, albeit perhaps only at 1080p resolutions. Although not confirmed, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition could cost $399. Microsoft and Sony have never released precise breakdowns on which customers bought a lower-end as opposed to a refreshed console.

Spencer says that not only will the Xbox Series X have a hardware advantage over the PS5, but also thinks games will be "a strength for [Xbox Series X] at launch".

As such, if Microsoft is going to reveal the Xbox Series S, August seems like the smart bet.

For those who are not aware, Lockhart is said to be a cheaper and less powerful version of Xbox Series X, Microsoft's upcoming game console. This could explain why Microsoft was a bit cagey about the 60fps claim. Interestingly, the notes also include a reference to "Anaconda" - the codename for the Series X.

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