- Aug 25, 2020
An image of what appears to be a white Xbox Series X controller has appeared online, suggesting another variant or version of the console exists. As first spotted by The Verge, a user known as "Wolfy_Wizzardo" posted a picture of the white controller to Reddit. The post and user account is now deleted, but apparently the image was taken by the user at a party hosted by the child of a Microsoft employee. You can spot the middle share button and the new indented Xbox Series X controller D-Pad, which makes this leaked controller variant appear somewhat credible by association. The Verge's Tom Warren spoke to the user before the post was taken down, and they told him that they had played games on the console, that the UI was similar to the Xbox One (a point we've heard before), the controller "looked more squarish" and had a more pronounced Xbox button.
Setting aside the possibility that this could be fake (we've seen 3D printed controllers pop up ahead of console launches before), there are several theories around what this controller could be attached to. The simplest is that we're seeing a different colour variant for Series X, whether that's an unannounced public option, or a special edition made for Microsoft employees. This could also be a devkit or debug console controller - development models of consoles often look different to release models (for instance, the Xbox One X devkit was white as opposed to the production version's black). Another possibility is that this is the controller for the much-rumoured 'Xbox Lockhart', a lower-powered, lower priced model of Series X we're heard rumours about for some time. Back in early June, references to an 'Xbox Lockhart' were found in Windows Operating System code libraries, suggesting that there was a rumoured second console on the way, as part of the Xbox Series X family. In late June, a report surfaced suggesting that the Xbox Lockhart is set to be revealed in August, and will be known as the Xbox Series S. In other Xbox Series X news, check out every game confirmed and rumoured for Microsoft's next-gen console. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=confirmed-xbox-series-x-games&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.