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Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Price, Release Date

The Microsoft Xbox X is the new next-generation console and will be available on November 10, 2020, for $499. Check Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S.

 Xbox X Specs:

xbox x specs

  • CPU: 8x Cores 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs  1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
  • Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
  • Price: $499

Xbox S Specs:

Xbox S Specs

  • CPU: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)
  • GPU:AMD RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs @ 1.565GHz
  • Optical Drive: Digital only
  • Performance Target:  1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
  • Expandable Storage: 1TB expansion card
  • Price: $299

First of all, this is a much more powerful console, right? I mean, there’s no getting around the fact that the Series X has over three times the graphical horsepower of the Series S.

The Xbox Series S, the Xbox Series X, and the PlayStation 5 have very similar internals that is all based on the AMD Zen 2 CPU cores, eight cores across the board. Funnily enough, the Series X is very slightly more powerful on the processor side compared to the Series S and PS5, which are roughly equivalent, but they’re all very similar.

The difference in Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X

When you compared to the Series S, and we know this, especially from the teardown, this is a much more hardcore console. So of course it has a lot more graphics to cool, but it also does incorporate that full-size 4K UHD Blu Ray player, which means that you can buy physical games with the Series X. And you can also, of course, use it for watching Blu Rays or whatever it is that you want.

In fact, they’re basically identical, but there are a few major differences. As far as ports go, they both have a USB A port on the front. You also have two USB ports around the back.

An important thing to note with the Series X and the Series S is that this is an HDMI 2.1 port. What that means is that you’re going to theoretically, still be able to pump out that 4k, 120 Hertz signal from both of these. In fact, Series S does support 120fps gaming.

So when you get the Series X compared to the Series S, one of the things that really jumps out to me is the actual cooling. So we know for a fact that there’s a lot more going on inside the Series X, but a fun little fact is if you look at this little slot right here, this is a secondary intake.

The reason for that is because there’s a single fan in the Series X, which is pulling air in from the bottom, running it through all the vapor chamber and the heat sink and the exhausting and out the top.

How big is The Series X and S

How big is The Series X and S

So one of my big questions going into this Xbox Series X and Series S,  is how big are the consoles, right?  Series S no doubt is the smallest Xbox yet. It is really, really tiny compared to everything else.

But if you look at these compared to the Xbox One OG, as well as the One S and the One X, you’ll see there actually are some pretty big differences. So what you can’t see from this angle is that all of these consoles, if I very carefully flip them over, nope, I’m going to have to think about this, so a good way to look at it is like this.

But that really shows the difference though. How far we’ve come in seven years. But really the main difference between these two is that you are getting a much, much more similar sort of experience between the two than we’ve seen in the past. So if you look at something like the Xbox One, going to the One X, there is a huge difference in performance, but ultimately they played the same games.

The One X will play games at roughly 4k or so, and the standard Xbox One would play games at 720 to up to 1080. Well, I expect something similar this time around. This is your 4k console, right? This has tons of performance, but the thing is you can play all the same games on the Xbox Series S. They might be at 1080p, 1440p, but you’ll still be able to get that very similar experience.

Price and Availability

You have to consider that this guy’s only 300 bucks. So the Xbox Series X will be available for pre-order on September 22nd and it will be going on sale on November 10th for $500, and that is for a one terabyte model. The Series S is also going live for pre-order and sail on those same dates, but it is a 512 gig hard drive or SSD rather, and that is available for $300.

Now, what’s interesting about these, what I would say are pretty aggressive price points is how the PlayStation 5 is going to factor in. So the thing is both of these consoles, even though they do the same thing, go about it in very different ways, right? The Series S is small, it lacks the optical drive, but also it is less powerful, but importantly, it’s only $300, which is, I would say a very good deal for a next-generation console.

There are two models of the Xbox Series line, so the PS5 itself, as well as the PS5 Digital Edition. So you can get the exact same specs, frame rates, all that kind of stuff. Regardless of which PlayStation 5 you buy.

The main difference is one has an optical disk, one does not. So if you don’t care about physical media, you’re gonna probably save 50 bucks, maybe $100 on that PlayStation 5. But right now my assumption very much is PS5 must be at $500 or less, right? I don’t think that they’re going to be able to do that, well, if they’re 550 or $600, right? I think this is sort of set that goalpost in the ground. And specifically, that Digital Edition is not going to be this cheap.

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