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Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: a simple question of definition?


Are 4K and an optical drive worth $ 200 more for you? This is the main difference between the € 499 for the Xbox Series X and the € 299 for the Xbox Series S. Unless your life is ruled by FoMO syndrome, choosing between these two consoles is difficult.

Yes, technically the Xbox Series X has more memory and more powerful components that run at higher speeds than the S Series, but all of that only helps deliver 4K at 120 fps. The Xbox Series S target, 1440p and 120fps, is much less demanding, hence its less powerful components and smaller chassis. For video streaming, the Series X can play native 4K and 8K upscale, while the S Series is content with 4K upscale.

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Xbox Series S is official

The S Series only has 512 GB of SSD storage compared to the 1 TB of the X Series, but thanks to the system Smart Delivery, games optimized for new generation consoles will not take up as much space on the S Series as on the X Series. Both consoles are also compatible with the all new architecture. Velocity which is believed to greatly improve performance.

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Microsoft offers both consoles with its bundles Xbox All Access for a period of two years. This is an Xbox rental plus a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at 35 euros for the Series X and 25 euros for the Series S.

Xbox Series S

The biggest challenge for an Xbox Series S is finding a TV that supports the maximum definition of 1440p rather than settling for 1080p. Most televisions operate at 1080p or 4K, however a large number of monitors operate at 1440p.

Xbox Series X

If you’ve played in 4K on an Xbox One X, you might want to fork over some extra cash and switch to this model. If you’re used to gaming in 4K, 1440p might seem like the limit, but that will depend on your screen size and visual acuity.

Comparison of characteristics

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S

Processor

8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz with SMT) AMD Ryzen Zen 2 8-core CPU clocked at 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz with SMT)

Graphic

AMD Navi / RDNA 2 with 52 CU at 1.825 GHz (12 TFLOPS)

AMD Navi / RDNA 2 with 20 CU at 1.565 GHz (4 TFLOPS)

Memory

16 GB GDDR6

10 GB GDDR6

Storage

1TB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; 1 TB SSD additional module; USB 3.2 support for external HDD

512TB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; 1 TB SSD additional module; USB 3.1 support for external HDD

Optical drive

Yes, 4K Blu-ray

No

Max resolution

8K at 60fps; 4K at 120fps

1440p at 120fps

Audio

Ray tracing compatible Ray tracing compatible

Controller functions

Share button, Dynamic Latency Input

Share button, Dynamic Latency Input

VR Support
Backward compatibility

Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox games

Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox games

Launch date

November 10, 2020 November 10, 2020

Price

499 euros

299 euros

Starting September 22, you will be able to pre-order the Xbox Series X at one of these merchant sites:

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