Viral image of ‘leaked’ Xbox Series V portable console is a FAKE


AN alleged image of a PORTABLE new Xbox console has gone viral on social media – but it’s a clever hoax.

The snap shared this week shows what appears to be a white, rectangular Xbox controller with a small screen attached via a hinge at the top.

This fake advert for a new, portable Xbox console has gone viral

Dubbed the “Xbox Series X”, the implication is that you’d be able to play next-gen games on a device that fits in your pocket.

The phoney image was dressed up to look like an advert created by Xbox that had leaked online early.

“Top tier performance in the fist portable Xbox ever,” reads the text on the fake ad, which was plastered across both Twitter and Reddit.

Rumours of a portable Xbox console are heating up as we edge closer to next month’s release of Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox Series X.

The Xbox Series X has a tall, boxy design that’s markedly different from previous models

The Series X is a high-powered machine that supports 4K gaming and is said to practically eliminate loading times.

A second console, the all-digital Xbox Series S, will also hit shelves on November 10.

As for any chance that a “Series V” is on the way, we wouldn’t put our money on it.

Microsoft has already bet big on mobile with its Game Pass Ultimate app, which lets you play top-end Xbox games on your smartphone or tablet.

The Xbox Series S (left) and Series X side by side

The company even partnered with Samsung for the release of its Galaxy Note 20 handset.

Gamers can plug an Xbox One controller into the £850 device and tuck in to more than 100 Xbox games on the cloud with Xbox Games Pass.

All in all, releasing a portable console now would cannibalise all of the work and cash Microsoft has put towards its recent mobile ventures.

On top of that, the company would likely detract from sale of the Series X and Series S by releasing a much cheaper console so close to their launches.

On top of all that, the shape and design of the controller looks a little off for what Microsoft’s design teams would typically come up with.

Of course, we can’t say for certain that a portable Xbox isn’t in the works, but we’d take the viral “ad” with a heaping spoonful of salt for now.

HOAR has reached out to Microsoft for comment.

As far as Microsoft’s real new consoles go, the disc-free Series S and powerhouse Series X will ship on on November 10.

The disc-free Series S will cost £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.

So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?

Sony has revealed the PS5 release date falls on November 12, but not everywhere.

That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

In the UK, you won’t be able to get it until November 19.

The PS5 proper will cost £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.

In other news, Sony recently confirmed that more PS5 pre-orders are on the way.

The next-gen machine sold out within minutes when pre-orders launched on September 17.

And, a PlayStation fan has created an “all black” PS5 that disappointed gamers think looks much better than the real thing.

Are you excited for the new consoles? Let us know in the comments!