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Xbox Series S : Everything you need to know before your purchase

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Microsoft already has the new Xbox Series S console for sale, the smallest of the new generation with a suggested retail price of € 299. Although inferior in performance to its older sister Xbox Series X, the price difference between the two is considerable. 

In this way, players with a somewhat tighter budget will not have to stay with an old console model, since they can choose to buy this new Xbox Series S at a price of € 200 less than what the ship costs Microsoft’s Xbox Series X badge

What is the Xbox Series S like?

In short, it is the cheapest, smallest and least powerful version of the Xbox Series X, both already available and on sale for the upcoming Christmas season. 

In a way, the S Series replaces the Xbox One S, while the X Series replaces the Xbox One X as the great colossus of the Xbox console generation within the Microsoft family.

Thus, everything that we have been revealing is confirmed that the new Xbox Series S completely omits the integration of disk drives, so it is totally digital and with cloud storage for the transmission and download of games. 

It doesn’t play 4K quality games, and it doesn’t have a disk drive, but in return you get a lower price and a more compact and lightweight form factor, making it easy to install in any living room or bedroom. 

How much does the Xbox Series S console cost?

It is a fact that Microsoft has confirmed and that for the European market the official price of the Xbox Series S is set at € 299. It is great news, that also those who cannot afford the € 499 that the Xbox Series X superior model costs, can also access new technology with lower benefits. 

In this way, the new compact console has a price aligned with the current Xbox One S , the one marketed by Microsoft from previous generations that will gradually disappear from the shelves of large stores. At the moment you can find it at a price of € 229.99 in Worten .

What are the specifications of the Xbox Series S?

Among the specifications of the S Series are that it has a power of about 4 Teraflops RDNA2, instead of the 12 Teraflops that the top model of the X Series reaches.

Physically, the chassis of the Xbox One X has been reused, with an opening on one of the sides to facilitate cooling of the internal components, and eliminating the optical drive inside, something that saves space. It really is much more compact than the Xbox Series X. 

Another aspect to take into account is that it is sold with a storage of 512 GB, compared to 1 TB offered by the superior Xbox Series X model. After the installation of the operating system, there are about 360 GB of usable space free.

These new consoles use a proprietary expandable storage format, as well as Seagate’s first 1TB card, which is valued at around € 229. This means that expanding storage isn’t exactly cheap. 

It is still possible to use a normal external drive via the USB port, but you can only play old games (Xbox One or earlier) from this unit due to the slower speeds. For new titles, you will need to swap games back and forth between units. 

The new console is all in white, except for the large black disk on the top that facilitates the cooling of the internal components. It is 60% more compact than the X Series. 

What are the specifications of the Xbox Series S?

Here are the main specs that the S Series brings to this model: 

  • Zen 2 3.6 / 3.4GHz 8-core CPU similar to X Series
  • 512GB NVME SSD with Xbox Velocity Architecture
  • 10 GB RAM
  • 1440p up to 120 FPS
  • Ray tracing support
  • 4K media playback
  • 4K game upscaling

It runs on a CPU and SSD similar to the X Series, albeit with only half the storage capacity. This does not prevent you from being able to play the main games and enjoy fast loading times with Quick Resume. 

What is the difference with the Xbox Series X?

The big difference also lies in the GPU, where Microsoft has decided to prioritize the frame rate per second over the resolution supported by the screen. This means that the Xbox Series S supports frame rates of up to 120 fps just like its bigger sister.

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Where it has lower specifications is in the resolution, since it supports 1440p compared to the 4K quality that the superior model contemplates. 

What games does the Xbox Series S support?

Although it remains to be confirmed, it is expected that the S Series will run all the same games as the X Series, with the logical difference in the display and acceleration of the graphics, so certain visual effects would be lost. 

Some of the most famous games that are already available are Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, Hellblade 2, Observer: System Redux, FIFA 21, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This generation will also support titles like the ones indicated here: 

  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Dirt 5
  • Scorn
  • Chorus
  • Madden 21
  • Vampyre the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2
  • Call of the sea
  • The Ascent
  • The Medium
  • Scarlet nexus
  • Second Extinction
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

While the S Series has the same backward compatibility of games as the X Series, it should be noted that it will not be able to graphically play the Xbox One X-specific versions of Xbox One games. 

This is because it has a slightly less amount of RAM than the Xbox One X, despite being a more modern console. 

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