Everything has unfolded quite quickly this week with Microsoft finally revealing the Xbox Series S, before announcing Australian prices and release dates. Given pre-orders won’t start until September 22nd, you’ve got a bit of time to work out which console that you want.
Xbox has now revealed the final specs for both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S and it’s hard to deny that both are great value for what you’re getting.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN XBOX SERIES X AND XBOX SERIES S
Size: The main differences from a physical point of view is that the Xbox Series S is roughly 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X.
Disc Drive: The Xbox Series S has no disc drive, meaning you’ll only be able to purchase games digitally or play them using Xbox Game Pass.
Storage: Whilst the Xbox Series S SSD is only half the size (512gb vs 1TB), it’s still the same SSD, providing super fast load times.
Performance Target: The Xbox Series S is targeting games running at 1440p at 60 FPS (up to 120 FPS) whilst the Xbox Series X is targeting games running at 4K at 60 FPS (up to 120 FPS). This is due to the fact that whilst the consoles have the same CPUs, the AMD RDNA 2 GPU in the Xbox Series S is a little bit less powerful. On paper, it sounds like the Xbox Series S is less powerful than an Xbox One X, but it uses the RDNA 2 technology more efficiently to get better results.
THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE XBOX SERIES X AND XBOX SERIES S
For the majority of people, the experience between using an Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are going to be fairly similar.
The Same Games: As far as we know, the Xbox Series X/Xbox Series S will both play the same games. Whilst there will be some Xbox Series exclusive titles (such as The Medium and Scorn), these will be playable on both consoles.
Backwards Compatibility: Just like the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S will be compatible with every Xbox One game as well as accessories. Features such as Smart Delivery will also still exist.
Quick Resume: The super fast SSD will allow games to load in seconds, and we’ll also be able to have up to three games suspended at once, bouncing between them instantly.
Expandable Storage: Both consoles will use a propriety expandable storage which Seagate is creating. We still don’t have pricing, but it’ll only come in a 1TB variation at launch. You’re able to use an external HDD, but only for Xbox One games.
HDMI 2.1/Dolby Vision: Both consoles have HDMI 2.1 output and will get Dolby Vision for games in the future. This means that you’ll be able to output at 4K/120FPS (where possible) and Dolby Vision will bring stunning HDR to consoles at a later date.