Xbox Series S: No, Microsoft Did Not Intentionally Leak The News
Multiple Xbox employees discuss the leaks, with one calling it "frustrating."
One theory about the Xbox Series S that has gained traction on social media is that Microsoft intentionally leaked the console to the press to put pressure on Sony. That's a bunch of baloney according to Xbox developers who worked on the announcement.
Microsoft's Brad Rossetti said on Twitter, "We all tried so hard to not leak; running global programs is hard and the leak is so frustrating. Yeah great, you got a scoop, but so many better try hard to keep it under wraps for so many reasons."
Meanwhile, Xbox's senior marketing manager, Josh Munsee, joked on Twitter that the Series S announcement went exactly as the company planned it.
This went EXACTLY as we planned it 😬. But for all the teams who worked very hard on it, glad to finally announce #XboxSeriesS as part of our next-gen #Xbox lineup w/ more details to come soon. #PowerYourDreams #XboxSeriesX https://t.co/PFVkvr97yH— Josh Munsee (@joshmunsee) September 8, 2020
Xbox boss Phil Spencer chimed in as well, saying the original plan was to make these announcements at a later date. The scheduled moved up after the leaks.
I know it's been a wait for price, date, pre-order date. Thanks to the community for their support and encouragement :-) Great to see the reactions, really proud of how the team handled the unscripted announce (was supposed to be next week but oh well...). Can't wait for launch. https://t.co/CxXWDVmmNw— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 9, 2020
Following a series of leaks, Microsoft officially announced the Xbox Series S after midnight PT on September 9, and that right there should be evidence enough that revealing the console this way was not the plan. Even before the leaks this week, the Xbox Series S had been an open secret thanks to numerous leaks and reports over the months.
The announcement of the Series S might not have gone to Microsoft's plan, but the console has been received in a positive light, due in part to a lower price point than many imagined.
The Series S costs $299 and it will be an attractive system for those looking to buy into next-gen without breaking the bank. The console lacks a disc drive, and that may prove to be a deal-breaker for some, however.
While Microsoft has begun to share its launch plans for the next-gen Xbox consoles, Sony is keeping that information a secret for now. We still don't know when the PS5 and the Digital PS5 will release or how much they will cost.
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