If you’re a gamer, brace yourself as Xbox brings the next-gen Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, giving a stiff competition to Sony’s PS5 for the best next-gen gaming console.
Previously, Microsoft had unveiled a preview of its next-gen Xbox Series X at The Game Awards event in late 2019. Just about a week ago, the tech giant confirmed the price and the launch date for the same. In the same announcement, Microsoft also unveiled its Xbox Series S, a smaller version of Xbox Series X.
Specs and Price
|Xbox Series X||Xbox Series S|
|CPU||AMD Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz with SMT)||AMD Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores at 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz with SMT)|
|GPU||12.15 teraflop, RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs @ 1.825GHz||4 teraflop, RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs @ 1.565GHz|
|RAM||16GB GDDR6||10GB GDDR6|
|Internal Storage||1 TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD||512 GB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB expansion card||1 TB expansion card|
|Optical Drive Support||4K UHD Blu-ray drive||Does not support physical disc-based media|
|Performance Target||4K at 60 FPS. Up to 8K. Max framerate 120 FPS.||1440p at 60 FPS. Max framerate 120 FPS.|
|Backward Compatibility||All games of original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One (except those which require the Kinect hardware). Compatible with Xbox One Accessories.||All games of original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One (except those which require the Kinect hardware). Compatible with Xbox One Accessories.|
|Price||₹ 49,999.00||₹ 34,999.00|
Two New Consoles, Two Different Prices
This is not the first time that companies are offering different hardware options. Albeit more often than not, the difference between the two options are minimal.
This time, however, there are substantial differences between the two consoles which is also reflected in the price difference of about ₹ 15,000. Some of the major differences include a notable disparity in the display resolution. The Xbox Series X supports 4K resolution whereas the Series S supports 1440p. Apart from this, one significant difference is that the Series S does not support any physical discs. What this means that all the games will have to be downloaded on this console. Series X, on the other hand, supports 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray drive. This would make us think that the storage capacity of Series S is greater than Series X. However, this is not the case. In fact, Series X has 16 GB RAM as compared to 10 GB of the latter. Even the internal storage is almost the double in Series X.
As seen in the specs, there are some significant differences in the graphics processing unit as well.
All in all, speaking solely from the information available, it looks like the Series X is way more powerful in almost all aspects. However, the price difference and the relative compactness of the Xbox Series S might make it a better deal for many users. In fact, Microsoft called the Series S “the smallest Xbox ever”. Additionally, it is important to note that both the options will support the same games and services.
Xbox Series S
🎮 All-digital next-gen console
🏃 Faster load times
📈 Higher frame rates
🌎 Richer, more dynamic worlds
🔥 Next generation gaming performance
🔎 In our smallest Xbox ever#PowerYourDreams pic.twitter.com/5GxCBiSVtO
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020
Availability and Pre-Order Dates For India
The launch date for both the gaming systems is scheduled on the same date, that is, 10th November 2020. Series S and Series X will be available for preorders starting from 22nd September.
New Games With The New System
Apart from the specifications, the new games are what lie at the heart of a new gaming system. Microsoft and its partner companies announced several games which will come alongside the new gaming consoles. Among these games, the biggest hype is about the Halo Infinite, a first-person shooter game and the sixth entry to the Halo series.
However, Microsoft postponed the release date of the game from December 2020 to some time in 2021. This also means that the gaming consoles will be launched before the game. To compensate for this, several other games will be expected to fill in the gap. These games include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Marvel’s Avengers, Dirt 5, Watch Dogs Legion, Tetris Effect: Connected, among others.
However, it has been reported that most of the games will also be supported by the current-gen gaming systems including Xbox One and PS4. In fact, Microsoft stated that this would be the case for its own games too. If Microsoft stands by the commitment, this will change a lot of things especially since ideally, these games act as an integral part of the sales pitch for users to buy the new system.