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Xbox Series X vs Series S: Which One Should You Get?

Much like the PlayStation 5, there are two versions of the upcoming Xbox console coming… However, when you look at the Xbox Series X vs Series S, there are a few differences it’s worth knowing.

Despite their first-party games having a bit of trouble, the Xbox Series X and Series S are right on track to release this November. Microsoft, like Sony, have announced two versions of the console. Unlike Sony, however, there are a few major differences between the two consoles…

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The Xbox Series S is smaller, weaker, and a lot cheaper than the Xbox Series X. We’ll put the specs below and then talk about a few of the more noticeable differences…

Xbox Series X vs Series S: The Series S Is Way Smaller…

Firstly, it’s worth noting that the Series S is a lot smaller than the Series X. It’s boasted that it’s only 60% of the size, and comparison photos do that justice. This is only a discussion that can be had when discussing the next-generation of consoles, though. Compared to current Xbox and PlayStation consoles, the Series S isn’t all that much smaller.

Xbox Series X vs Series S
Credit: Xbox

Xbox Series S Is A Lot Cheaper Too

You might be starting to see a trend here… The Xbox Series S is also a fair bit cheaper than the Xbox Series X. On top of that, it’s cheaper than both upcoming PlayStation models and cheaper than the Nintendo Switch was on launch!

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As it stands, the Xbox Series X comes in at £450/$499, while the Series S is only £250/$299. For 60% of the console, I guess it makes sense that you’d pay 60% of the price.

The Xbox Series X Is Way More Powerful Though,
and has a Disk Tray!

This is where the price starts to make a little more sense. The Xbox Series X is a powerhouse. It puts out 12 teraflops of processing power, has 16GB RAM, and is 8K ready. It also renders games at 4K, something which the Series S can’t do.

When you compare it, the Series S only puts out 4 teraflops of power and has 10GB of RAM. This all means that it can’t quite render 4K like the Series X. It’ll be able to convert things to 4K, but they won’t look quite as good.

Both support 120 FPS, however the lower processing power of the Xbox Series S might mean that this isn’t as consistent as it could be on the Series X. Other than that, the other difference is that the Xbox Series X has a disk tray and the Series S doesn’t, so if you use your console for blu rays as well as games, you may want to consider the Series X.

It’s a tough decision to make when you consider the price of both. Both consoles have ray tracing, too, for example. However, if you’re hellbent on wanting the absolute best quality experience, then the Xbox Series X is the obvious choice. If you’re a casual gamer, then the Series S might be the preferable choice.