From all the recently announced next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series S seems to nail the balance between technical specs and affordability.
For about three hundred bucks you’re able to play the latest and greatest Xbox games in high definition. It’s compact size and sleek finish make it a device to get you set for the next few years of Xbox gaming.
The Xbox Series S is housed in a pretty compact footprint. Since it has no disc reader you’re expected to download your games and videos in digital format. Next to all the newest Xbox titles, the Series S is backwards compatible with older generations of Xbox games, through the Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Xbox Series S vs Series X
The main reason to buy an Xbox Series X over the Series S is storage size and 4K capabilities. While the series S supports playing back video in 4K quality, the Series X has the power on board to actually support full 4K quality for video games.
In addition the Series X has double the storage size, which will come in handy once you decide to store a lot of content and games on your console.
Check out the full rundown of features between the Series X and Series S.
|Xbox Series S||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU at 3.6 GHz|
3.4 GHz with SMT enabled
|8 AMD Zen 2 CPU cores at 3.8 GHz|
3.6 GHz with SMT enabled
|GPU||AMD RDNA 2 GPU|
20 CUs at 1.565 GHz
|AMD RDNA 2 GPU|
52 CUs at 1.825 GHz
|RAM||10 GB of GDDR6 RAM||16GB of GDDR6 SDRAM|
|Performance Target||1440p at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS||4K at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS|
|Storage||512 GB SSD||1TB SSD|
|Expandable Storage||1TB Microsoft expansion card slot||1TB Microsoft expansion card slot|
|Optical Drive||No disc drive||4K UHD Blu-ray|
|I/O Throughput||2.4GB a second raw, 4.8GB a second compressed|
|Max Output Resolution||1440p with 4K upscaling||8K|
|Max Refresh Rate||120Hz||120Hz|
|Disc Drive||Digital Only||4K UHD Blu-ray|
|Price||$299 USD||$499 USD|
|Cloud Gaming||Microsoft Project xCloud||Microsoft Project xCloud|
|Backwards Compatibility||Yes (Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One)||Yes (Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One)|
|Dimensions||Smallest Xbox ever||5.94″ wide, 5.94″ deep, 11.85″ high (|