Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: What's the difference?
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It’s official, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the ninth generation consoles from Microsoft, will be released on November 10, 2020. Note that pre-orders for both consoles will open on September 22. If the Xbox Series X will be offered at the price of $499.99, the Xbox Series S will be available for $299.99. What features differentiate these two consoles, and what justifies this price difference?

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: here are all the differences

The Xbox Series X is for the most demanding gamers, while the Xbox Series S is for the people with a tiny budget or for those for whom playing in native 4K is not a requirement.

Offering 8 TFLOPS less than the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S will not come with a Blu-ray disc player and will not be able to display native resolutions above 1440p. The problem is that while many PC monitors offer this resolution, Smart TVs are not, often confined to 1080p or 4K. Since both consoles will enjoy games at 120 frames per second, using a 120Hz screen will be a plus, however. Finally, its SSD hard drive will be only 512 GB, against 1 TB for the Xbox Series X.

Here are the main differences between the features of the Xbox Series S compared to the Xbox Series X:

  • White color (vs. black for Xbox Series X)
  • $299.99 (vs. $499.99)
  • 4 TFLOPS (compared to 12 TFLOPS)
  • 10 GB in GDDR6 (compared to 16 GB in GDDR6)
  • 512 GB custom NVME SSD storage (vs. 1 TB)
  • Resolution in 1440p (against native 4K)
  • No disc player (vs. 4K Blu-ray player)

Both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will however benefit from:

  • Games in 120 frames per second
  • Dolby Vision audio system
  • Ray tracing (RTX)
  • Variable Rate Shading (VRS)
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
  • Ultra-low latency
  • Quick Resume
  • Same controller
  • Same backward compatibility

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