Monday, August 10th 2020

Xbox Series S Confirmed in Leaked Controller Packaging

We reported on rumors about the cheaper next-generation Xbox console back in June, and after this latest leak we can be sure it will be called the Xbox Series X. Twitter user Zak S has obtained images of the Xbox Series X controller and packaging, which confirm compatibility with the Xbox Series S. The packaging details that the controller will work with both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles along with Xbox One consoles, Windows 10, Android, and IOS.

This Xbox Series S is expected to be announced by Microsoft in the coming weeks, the console is designed to complement the Xbox Series X as a cheaper alternative for casual gamers and media consumption. The console is rumored to feature 7.5 GB useable memory compared to the 13.5 GB useable on the Xbox Series X along with graphics power of 4 TFLOPs or roughly 3x worse then the Xbox Series X at 12 TFLOPs.
Source: @zakk_exe
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35 Comments on Xbox Series S Confirmed in Leaked Controller Packaging

#1
Dredi
It still uses AA batteries??? :roll:
VERY next gen.
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#2
Vayra86
Dredi
It still uses AA batteries??? :roll:
VERY next gen.
Better than a non-replacable battery... or a replacable pack with custom size costing more than the controller itself.

This isn't a phone
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#3
Dredi
Vayra86
Better than a non-replacable battery... or a replacable pack with custom size costing more than the controller itself.

This isn't a phone
Name a controller where the battery is not easy to replace? I’ve done a few ps3 and ps4 battery replacements and it takes just 5minutes or so to do and all you need is a standard screwdriver and possibly a spudger to help separate the halves. Replacement parts are between 4 and 7$ depending on where you get them, ifixit ones are the most expensive.
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#4
kayjay010101
Dredi
It still uses AA batteries??? :roll:
VERY next gen.
As opposed to what? What sort of new battery tech that is commonplace, cheap, replaceable and better than AA do you think would be better? Truth is AA is dirt cheap, works, and is incredibly easily replaced. Just pop open the hatch and swap them out. Takes 10 seconds. And if they're chargeable batteries, they work just as well as the ones that are non-replaceable (like with the PS4 controller), but with the added benefit of being hotswap-able.
Dredi
Name a controller where the battery is not easy to replace? I’ve done a few ps3 and ps4 battery replacements and it takes just 5minutes or so to do and all you need is a standard screwdriver and possibly a spudger to help separate the halves. Replacement parts are between 4 and 7$ depending on where you get them, ifixit ones are the most expensive.
And then you go on to say that literally opening the controller with tools is as easy as popping a hatch and replacing the batteries. 99.9999% of consumers aren't interested in doing that every time. You are very much in the minority.
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#5
Dredi
kayjay010101
99.9999% of consumers aren't interested in doing that every time.
Needs to be done every 1000 or so recharges. So not very often.
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kayjay010101
Dredi
Needs to be done every 1000 or so recharges. So not very often.
Without hotswap if your controller's out of charge you can't just pop in a new one. AA allows for that. That's my point. The PS4 controller's battery is designed poorly because can't hotswap it. You have to let it charge and play with it wired for hours, but with AA you can just pop the old ones out and put new ones in and you're instantly back at full charge.
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#7
Dredi
kayjay010101
Without hotswap if your controller's out of charge you can't just pop in a new one. AA allows for that. That's my point. The PS4 controller's battery is designed poorly because can't hotswap it. You have to let it charge and play with it wired for hours, but with AA you can just pop the old ones out and put new ones in and you're instantly back at full charge.
Well if you play for more than 8 hours at a time or don’t have the sense of recharging when you aren’t playing that can be problematic. Good as a lazy ass’ solution maybe.
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#8
Vayra86
Dredi
Well if you play for more than 8 hours at a time or don’t have the sense of recharging when you aren’t playing that can be problematic. Good as a lazy ass’ solution maybe.
Hey if you want to pry open your controllers with a screwdriver every so many thousand charges, be my guest, the rest of the world just replaces batteries. Its simple, effective, and there is a whole ecosystem around it with recycling those batteries properly as well.

You can keep defending the silly way, but it just makes you look stupid. Just admit you made a weird first comment up there and move on. The hole is deep enough, but if you want to keep digging, we can keep laughing...
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#9
Dredi
Vayra86
Hey if you want to pry open your controllers with a screwdriver every so many thousand charges, be my guest, the rest of the world just replaces batteries. Its simple, effective, and there is a whole ecosystem around it with recycling those batteries properly as well.

You can keep defending the silly way, but it just makes you look stupid. Just admit you made a weird first comment up there and move on. The hole is deep enough, but if you want to keep digging, we can keep laughing...
I simply prefer how much lighter the ps controllers are and the fact that they have less moving parts that can break. Also lighter controller means stronger rumble.

The battery argument is just silly. You’d probably prefer your phone and laptop have AA batteries as well, as they have a full ecosystem built around them. SMH. Also alkaline batteries are not recycled into batteries. They are collected because they have toxic chemicals in them that make it necessary to not dump them with the rest of unrecyclable waste. They are technically recycled though, as they are made into fertilizer, where as lithium packs are actually recycled into new packs.
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#10
Caring1
"This Xbox Series X is expected to be announced by Microsoft in the coming weeks"
@Uskompuf Typo?
Perhaps you meant Xbox series S
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#11
Xex360
Dredi
It still uses AA batteries??? :roll:
VERY next gen.
I do, that one of the many reasons the Xbox controller is superior to others, you can use either batteries or AA rechargeable batteries that last for a longggg time.
The question is why don't others use AA batteries.
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#12
Vayra86
Dredi
I simply prefer how much lighter the ps controllers are and the fact that they have less moving parts that can break. Also lighter controller means stronger rumble.

The battery argument is just silly. You’d probably prefer your phone and laptop have AA batteries as well, as they have a full ecosystem built around them. SMH. Also alkaline batteries are not recycled into batteries. They are collected because they have toxic chemicals in them that make it necessary to not dump them with the rest of unrecyclable waste. They are technically recycled though, as they are made into fertilizer, where as lithium packs are actually recycled into new packs.
You realize a battery pack is a similar set of batteries glued together, yes? And no, I don't prefer my phone has them... that is why I said, this is not a phone :)

The reason Xbox has always had a heavier controller is in big part because its just... bigger. Sony has always kept a 200-210g target but its also really quite a bit smaller, and the weight was like that when the controller had a cable as well.
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#13
R0H1T
kayjay010101
As opposed to what? What sort of new battery tech that is commonplace, cheap, replaceable and better than AA do you think would be better?
I know, the arc reactor! IIRC that's what Tony called it back in the day, too bad we'll need to move over to MCU to see it in play unless of course they've not done a post Thanos reset :D
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#14
Dredi
Xex360
The question is why don't others use AA batteries.
Because you can get a lighter, stronger and more ergonomic design that has stronger rumble and no downsides for 99% of gamers when you use integrated batteries. The same reasons your phone comes with an integrated li-po pack instead of AA batteries.
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#15
Uskompuf
Caring1
"This Xbox Series X is expected to be announced by Microsoft in the coming weeks"
@Uskompuf Typo?
Perhaps you meant Xbox series S
Fixed, cheers.
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#16
MiBe91
Dredi
It still uses AA batteries??? :roll:
VERY next gen.
That's actually a huge plus for me and the main reason I for example chose an Xbox One controller over a PS4 controller.
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Dredi
Vayra86
And no, I don't prefer my phone has them...
Why not? Surely the ecosystem is better.
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#18
Xex360
Dredi
Because you can get a lighter, stronger and more ergonomic design that has stronger rumble and no downsides for 99% of gamers when you use integrated batteries. The same reasons your phone comes with an integrated li-po pack instead of AA batteries.
Well the PS3+ controllers are way worse built than the 360, less ergonomic and more fragile. Let alone the One's controller.
And like another person said, this is not a phone.
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#19
Vayra86
Xex360
Well the PS3+ controllers are way worse built than the 360, less ergonomic and more fragile. Let alone the One's controller.
And like another person said, this is not a phone.
I'm done feeding this one. Kill it with fire, before it regenerates. Battery pack now determines controller design, if you blink twice it will also change global warming. :roll:
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#20
Dredi
Xex360
And like another person said, this is not a phone.
PS5 controller has a microphone, speaker and wireless connectivity making it effectively a phone though.
Vayra86
Battery pack now determines controller design
Surely it does? You’ve never wondered why the xbox controllers have that hideous and substantially heavy bump at the bottom, which hits your fingertips annoyingly all the time?
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#21
kayjay010101
Dredi
PS5 controller has a microphone, speaker and wireless connectivity making it effectively a phone though.



Surely it does? You’ve never wondered why the xbox controllers have that hideous and substantially heavy bump at the bottom, which hits your fingertips annoyingly all the time?
This is the dumbest comment I've read in quite a while. What the hell are you talking about? What bump?
And something having a mic, speaker and wireless connectivity does not make something a phone. For something to be a phone, it needs to be able to make calls over the telecommunications network. That's the definition of a telephone. And I cannot see what this is supposed to argue for. I'd prefer it if we could swap the batteries on phones too, like we could years ago. More serviceability is great. Less is bad.
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#23
Dredi
kayjay010101
This is the dumbest comment I've read in quite a while. What the hell are you talking about? What bump?
And something having a mic, speaker and wireless connectivity does not make something a phone. For something to be a phone, it needs to be able to make calls over the telecommunications network. That's the definition of a telephone. And I cannot see what this is supposed to argue for. I'd prefer it if we could swap the batteries on phones too, like we could years ago. More serviceability is great. Less is bad.
It’s a thing of beauty: commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xbox360_controller_white_back.jpg

the later ones are just exxxtra thicc all around due to the size that is required by the battery contraption.

Also you are mistaking phone as an abbreviation of a telephone. Radiophone is a phone as well and ps5 controller does match it’s requirements.
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#24
jumpman
Being able to use a AA battery is one of the best features of the Xbox controller. Can swap out new batteries instantly without needing to charge and the batteries last really long.
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#25
Tsukiyomi91
tldr; XB1/XBSX controllers > PS4/PS5 controllers. Minorities will always complain just about anything, even the weather.
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