The Xbox Series S is Official
The Xbox Series S is finally official after the leaks from just a few hours ago. Microsoft officially unveiled the new Series S, which is going to be the cheaper next-gen console, but the specs are looking great for the price.
The Series S looks a lot similar to the Xbox One S but had a massive vent on the side of it that is patterned identically to the top of the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox Series S is an all-digital system with no disc drive. It’s capable of 1440p at 120 FPS, direct X raytracing, variable shading, variable refresh rate, a custom 512 GB SSD, 4K streaming media playback, and 4K upscaling for games. It will be able to play all the same next-gen games and current games optimized for next-gen, and Xbox GamePass will be pushed heavy with this console, and the pricing will start at $299.
Excellent pricing to start next-gen. I do worry about the 512 GB of storage, as games are getting massive. The new call of duty is 200 GB alone. But this is looking like an affordable next-gen gaming console.
Now comparing this versus the Xbox Series X, which we know all the specs for, versus some key hardware specs we yet know about the Series S. But from what we know so far, the Series X is going to a big enough performance gap to warrant the higher price rumored to be $499. Especially with the Series X having 4K and 8K gaming and larger storage size.
|Xbox Series X
|Xbox Series S
|8x Cores 3.8 GHz AMD Custom Zen 2
GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs
Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Memory: 16 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
1 TB Custom NVME SSD Expandable
External Storage: USB 3.2
4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
8K + 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
|1440P 120 FPS
512 GB SSD
4K Streaming Media
4K Upscale Gaming
The Series S will also be 60% smaller in comparison to the Series X. It should fit pretty comfortably under a TV and maybe a bit more portable to bring to other locations like a friend’s house if needed.
We do know the target release time is November of this year but not a hard date set yet, but the rumors are pointing to November 10th with both consoles available the same day. I’m hoping we get pre-order information soon. Which one would you pick up? Let me know in the comments below!