Xbox Series S: Microsoft’s much anticipated next-generation Xbox Series X console will be hitting store shelves later this year, but it has a competitor from its own house, “The Xbox Series S”.
It is less-powerful, less-expensive, and it targets 1440p. The system will serve as a more affordable version of the upcoming Xbox Series X
Unlike the Xbox Series X, there doesn’t seem to be a direct competitor for it in the PlayStation 5 camp. Games designed for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will continue to work with all versions of the Xbox One.
The Console is just 275mm (10.8 inches) tall, 63.5mm (2.5 inches) wide in a vertical position, and 151mm (5.9 inches) deep. Microsoft has placed rubber feet in both horizontal and vertical positions.
Unlike the Series X, I think the Xbox Series S looks great in both orientations. This also allows the Series S to fit comfortably within most TV stands.
Xbox Series S specification
Listed below is a confirmed specification detail for the Console:
- Compact design that’s almost 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X
- Custom NVME SSD powered by Xbox Velocity Architecture
- All-digital gaming without a disc drive
- Support for 1440p at up to 120fps
- DirectX raytracing
- Variable-rate shading
- Variable refresh rate
- Ultra-low latency
- 4K streaming
- 4K upscaling for games
Price and Release Date
The Console will carry an estimated retail price of $299 when it is launched on November 10, 2020. However, preorder is starting on September 22, 2020.
Interestingly, in addition to the standard purchase option, Microsoft is offering a monthly purchase plan for the Xbox Series S through its XboxAll Access Program. The plan costs $24.99 per month for 24 months, and it includes a 24-month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Microsoft is planning the official lunch of its mobile video game service, Project xCloud, on September 15, 2020. Also, several third-party controllers and peripherals are set to release on the 15th of September.
How does it differ from the Xbox Series X?
The Series S is about half the size of the Series X. That’s in line with the spec differences, which include a 512GB SSD and a similar AMD RDNA 2.0 GPU with half the compute units (20), the same eight-core AMD processor running at a slower 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with simultaneous multithreading, or SMT), and slower clock speed (1.565GHz).
It has 10GB of GDDR6 (8GB at 224GB/s allocated to GPU, 2GB at 56GB/s, compared to 16GB), which results in one-third of the bandwidth, 4TFLOPS instead of 12TFLOPS.
Those differences should be fine for the lower target resolution of 1440p instead of 4K. And all of it means the Series S will generate far less heat and require less power than the Series X, which means less active and passive cooling required.