Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: What’s the Difference?

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is officially here. It also comes two days ahead of its arch-nemesis, the Sony PlayStation 5 at quite an opportune time as we head into the holiday season. With the new piece of extremely cutting-edge gaming console, Microsoft will hope to close the gap that was between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. In recognition of the contrasting desires of intense and casual consumers, Microsoft is targeting separate price points for devices carrying different degrees of hardware innovation.

As for India, both the Xbox Series X and Series S have a release date of November 10th in India, aligning with the global launch date which is good to see as such gaming hardware usually takes time to arrive in the country. This could prove even better as the PlayStation 5 global launch date is a bit later on November 19. 

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Prices

The Xbox Series X is priced at Rs. 49,990 while the Xbox Series S is priced at Rs. 34,990. Both the consoles have been up for pre-order since some time on Amazon, Flipkart, and Reliance Digital. As of this writing, it is out of stock pretty much everywhere.

In terms of specifications and features, there’s not much to hide as the console has been out in the open for quite a while, so here’s a rundown. In terms of looks, you get a pretty simple rectangular box along with the remote. The rectangular box neatly packs in all the hardware as well as the cooling channels, the split motherboard, and the heat sink as well as the vertical fan in a comfortable form factor. 

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Specifications

Xbox series x

Digging in, the Xbox Series X is driven by a Zen 2-based octa-core CPU clocked at a maximum of 3.8GHz paired with 16GB of GRRD6 RAM. For graphics duties, it has a custom RDNA 2.0 GPU which is capable of 12 teraFLOPS clocked at 1.8GHz. This is pretty much toe to toe with the PlayStation 5. The Xbox does have an edge over its counterpart in terms of storage though as it accommodates 1TB of total NVMe SSD storage. This offers faster load times than ever before as well as Quick Resume between multiple games. This is in addition to expandable storage via a Seagate Expansion card or a USB 3.1 external HDD. Sony says it will add an expandable storage option later on. 

In terms of visuals, the console can push 120FPS gameplay in 4K resolution with the addition of enhancements such as Auto Low Latency Mode, HDMI Variable Refresh Rate, and AMD FreeSync. As for audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and Dolby TrueHD with Atmos are supported with 3D Spatial Audio. 

Connectivity options include 1 HDMI 2.1 port and 3 USB 3.1 ports as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The Xbox Series X is also backwards compatible with previous Xbox accessories as well as thousand of Xbox One, Xbox 360, Original Xbox games. The retail packaging itself contains the wireless controller and a high-speed HDMI cable in addition to the console itself. 

Xbox Series S: Is it any Good?

As far as the Xbox Series S is concerned, there are a bunch of differences. For one, it looks different. In fact, the Series S is the smallest Xbox ever produced. It’s also disc-less and positioned for those on a budget with prices at Rs 34,990.

As for hardware, the below table sums up the changes perfectly.

Xbox Series X Xbox Series S
Price $500 $300
Memory 1 TB 512 GB
GPU power 12 teraflops 4 teraflops
4K Yes FHD+
Disc drive Yes No

 

With the Diwali festive occasion right upon us, it will be hard to get a hand on one of these consoles, especially considering the PlayStation 5 is late. So, act fast if you want one. 

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