For some time now, we have heard rumors that Microsoft is planning to launch two consoles side by side in the next generation: the already revealed Xbox Series X and the least expensive (and notably unconfirmed) Xbox Series S Reports on a pair of consoles have been circulating before Microsoft even announced the Xbox Series X, but Microsoft kept its lips sealed on that second console.
At this point, the Xbox Series S must be one of the most poorly kept secrets in games. Even though Microsoft hasn’t officially talked about the Xbox Series S, references to the console were seen in early August on the packaging of an Xbox One controller – an official Xbox One controller, no less.
Moving forward today, we are seeing yet another reference to the Xbox Series S in a genuine Microsoft product. Twitter user BraviaryBrendan (via Eurogamer) posted images of a Game Pass Ultimate test code that directly references the Xbox Series S. “Includes Xbox Live Gold and unlimited access to over 100 high-quality games on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and Windows 10, ”says the code card.
At this point, it seems safe to assume that the Xbox Series S is in fact a real product, because it looks far beyond a mere typo. In a follow-up tweet, BraviaryBrendan says he bought the controller directly from Microsoft, so it’s possible that these cards were made before a planned Xbox Series S reveal that ended up delayed, but the cards were shipped with the controllers anyway.
At the end of the day, it looks like we’re approaching an Xbox Series S reveal, but no one knows when that will happen. Time is running out as Microsoft has committed to launch the Xbox Series X in November. We will be watching for more information, so stay tuned for that.