With just a few months to go until Microsoft and Sony launch their newest consoles, the gaming world is abuzz with anticipation.
Sony, of course, have already unveiled the PlayStation 5, which will come in both standard and digital-only editions. The disc-less version of the PS5 will come with a lower price tag, something that many budget-conscious gamers are pleased about.
Not to be outdone, however, there are now rumours that Microsoft will soon reveal a cheaper alternative to their upcoming Xbox Series X console.
According to techradar.com, two separate sources have suggested that Microsoft have been working on a second next-generation Xbox for months now - and expect it to be fully unveiled to the public next month.
Internally known as 'Project Lockhart', the Xbox Series S looks set to be less powerful than its Series X counterpart. A digital-only system, the Series S will reportedly only have 7.5GB of useful RAM, compared to the Series X's 13.5GB. It is also expected that the Series S will only run games in 1080p graphics, while the Series X will have full 4K capabilities.
Crucially, though, both pieces of hardware will support the same library of games. Whilst that fact may change over time, fans wanting to play titles such as 'Halo Infinite' and 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' will be able to do so regardless of whether they pick up the Xbox Series X or the cheaper Series S.
We are set to learn more about Microsoft's plans during a live stream that the company has planned for later this month. If reports are to be believed, though, August will see the official unveiling of the Series S - which will almost certainly include a direct comparison of the two models.
It would be then that fans are best placed to make a decision on which version of the console is right for them.
With both Sony and Microsoft targeting a late 2020 launch for their latest platforms, competition for the gaming public's money looks set to be fierce.
Given the financial pressures caused by the ongoing global pandemic, each company needs its new projects to succeed more than ever.
In offering cheaper, digital-only editions of their next-generation products, fans are finally being given a real sense of choice - and that can only be a good thing.
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