Xbox Series S is a more accessible console with more modest specifications than Xbox Series X. Microsoft confirmed the model, price, release date, and specifications that lead the way to a new way of understanding videogames. The company bets on a console without a disc reader as the most striking feature is its design, in addition to having a large fan on top of the machine. This console is designed for players who enjoy the advantages of Game Pass, the service that includes hundreds of old and current-generation video games, so backward compatibility is more than guaranteed.
Going into detail, we can say that the console is 60 percent smaller than Xbox Series X. Also, it has a rectangular shape and claims to be the smallest Xbox ever. As for its specifications, it will be a less powerful console with resolutions at 1440p, so the games will not be seen at 4K. However, later we will go into details about its architecture and technical characteristics. Even if this design has attracted a lot of attention, gamers wanted information on the price and release date of the console, so Microsoft has officially answered their prayers.
Xbox Series S Price and Release date
Microsoft’s best-kept secret was the price of the Xbox Series S, but its launch is already a reality. The console without a disc reader goes on sale on November 10, 2020, at $299, the same day as its older sister Xbox Series X. A reduced price for its features, so players who appreciate the physical format will have to bet on a more expensive model. Even so, this is a difference of 200 euros from the standard edition of Xbox Series X.
Microsoft has short-medium term plans to offer a payment alternative called Xbox All Access with which it can be financed in installments and which will include the Game Pass service. This option would be available from the launch of Xbox Series S in the United States for users who would pay $35 initially and monthly fees of $25 for two years.
Xbox Series S Specs
As already mentioned, Xbox Series S is fully digital. That means it doesn’t have a disc reader and players will have to have a Game Pass subscription that currently includes hundreds of video games of all time. Many titles come out on Game Pass since its launch and it is Microsoft’s best asset to provide a good service to users.
The console has a 512 GB SSD integrated, 3.8 GHz octa-core AMD Zen 2 processor, and 4 Teraflops graphics power, much lower than Xbox Series X with 1TB and 12 Teraflops. The performance of the console will allow you to play in a resolution of 1440p with support up to 120fps. To all this must be added the latest Ray-Tracing technology to improve lighting and reflections in games and supports variable frequency shading (VRS) and variable refresh rate (VRR) that will optimize load times. In summary, these are the main features of Xbox Series S:
- 3.8GHz Octa-Core AMD Zen 2 Processor
- GPU RDNA 2 de 20 CUs a 1,55 GHz
- No disc reader
- 512 GB SSD
- Power of 4 Teraflops
- 1440p up to 120fps
- Ray-Tracing Support
- Variable Frequency Shading (VRS)
- Variable refresh rate (VRR)
- Compatible with Seagate 1YB cards