A new controller for a system that hasn't launched yet? That's interesting enough, sure. But the news comes when you turn the box. [credit:
The next version of the standard, cross-console Xbox controller has been spotted in the wild, ahead of its official retail announcement. But the two leaked controllers we've seen thus far are even more intriguing because of something they have in common: an apparently official mention of "Xbox Series S" as an additional Microsoft next-gen console.
Ars Technica can confirm that this is indeed the name of an upcoming, unannounced Microsoft product, based on conversations with people familiar with Microsoft's hardware plans. The Series S will apparently exist alongside the well-publicized Xbox Series X, which still doesn't have a publicly known date or price.
[Update: A Microsoft spokesperson offered the following statement following the publication of this piece: "We have a lot in store for Xbox in 2020 and can’t wait to share with you. However, we have nothing to announce at this time."]