Microsoft created much controversy—both good and bad—when they unveiled the Xbox Series S back in September. Codenamed “Project Lockheart,” most of the gaming community long speculated that Microsoft had a lower-cost next-generation console in development. Microsoft capitalized on the hype generated by leaks on Twitter and unveiled the console at a $300 price point. The diminutive box looked futuristic and cool. Most importantly, the price was right for a time where the money is tight for many people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t all roses though. This Xbox had some drastic cuts over the bigger, beefier Series S—namely with regards to raw power. Microsoft’s asinine preorder system and embarrassingly small retailer allocations aside, I was able to secure an Xbox Series S on launch day. It now resides in the same cubby of my entertainment cabinet where my Xbox One X once lived. Now that I have spent a little over two weeks with the system, I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts on the Xbox Series S experience so far. Please do not consider the following to be a full review. Reviews of new gaming consoles this early in the game are problematic for various reasons. Nevertheless, I hope that the following will enable you to get a sense of what this machine can do and who can get the most out of it.