New leaks suggest that the final nail in the Xbox Series S' coffin could be coming sooner than expected. Microsoft released two versions of its Xbox console in 2020: the Series S and the Series X. This is a common strategy in the current home console generation, with the PS5 also releasing in two differently priced models. However, the Series S lags far behind all the other consoles on the market today. While it has a lower price point, its limitations make it a tough sell, and many have long believed it's time to ditch the Xbox Series S for an upgraded console.
The Xbox Series S is a budget console, so some missing features and performance dips are to be expected. However, the gulf between it and its sibling model, the Series X, is obvious, and often limiting for developers who release titles for the Xbox family of consoles. With new information suggesting improvements are coming to the Series X, while its lower-specced sibling lags behind, that gulf is only due to get wider. As a result, the Xbox Series S may not be long for this world.
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Documents filed as part of the US court case reveal that the Xbox Series X could be getting a refresh that would leave the Series S in the dust. The case, which attempted to block Microsoft's deal with Activision Blizzard citing concerns over fair competition, is currently in appeals following a July 11, 2023, decision in Microsoft's favor. Big names in the industry have repeatedly revealed major information about their upcoming developments in connection with the case, including the potential release date of the PlayStaion 6, so this is just the latest in a long line of legal leaks.
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