Xbox Series V rumour is almost certainly fake

Rumours of an Xbox Series V console were circulated over the weekend by IdleSloth, a Twitter user that has posted an image displayed on a PC screen and captured by a smartphone.

“There is a[n] Xbox Series V (codename is Project Edinburg),” the user wrote, not indicating how they’d come across the image. “It’s rumoured to be less powerful than the Series X but more [powerful] than the Series S.”

For starters, it’s not difficult to photoshop an Xbox Series X without an optical drive (or front-facing USB port), take a picture of it with your smartphone and call it a rumour. That aside, we’ve got a number of problems with the “Series V”, including the loss of that aforementioned all-valuable USB slot alongside the claim that it would be less than the equivalent of an Xbox Series X All-Digital (which, as an aside, would be its name given prior Microsoft naming conventions).

Project Edinburgh is a name that popped up back in July of this year, with some believing it to be a third console, others a VR platform (and Xbox head Phil Spencer quashed that claim with Stevivor late last year), and most connecting it to xCloud in some way. We’d lean towards the latter ourselves, but who knows — maybe next week Microsoft will surprise the hell out of us (and confuse a lot of people) with this mythical V.

Brad Sams, the man who started the Xbox Series S leaks that eventually lead to its official confirmation last week, has also weighed in on the Xbox Series V. His thoughts are below.

The Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X go up for pre-order on 22 September ahead of a 10 November launch. We compared both consoles here.

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