Comparing the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S

September 10, 2020

Next-generation consoles from Microsoft launches this November.

After a couple of leaks, Microsoft has finally outed the Xbox Series S that will accompany the Xbox Series X as part of the company’s next-generation console lineup. The Xbox Series S is meant to be an affordable alternative, offering toned-down hardware but is still very much capable.

Both consoles are arriving on November 10th and while we still don’t know how the consoles will perform – but what we know is that Microsoft has already detailed the hardware, and all that is left is for us to compare. What we know is that both consoles use the same custom AMD Zen 2 CPU, meaning that both systems are powerful enough to handle next-generation gaming.

For the Xbox Series S, you’re looking at less powerful numbers in terms of RAM, storage, and CPU speed. Along with that, the Series S forgoes the optical drive, meaning that games can only be purchased digitally.

Here’s a better look at each console’s hardware: 

Xbox Series S Xbox Series X
CPU 8-core Custom AMD Zen 2 (3.6 GHz) 8-core Custom AMD Zen 2 (3.8 GHz)
Graphics Custom RDNA 2; 4 TFLOPS Custom RDNA 2; 12.15 TFLOPS
Memory bandwidth 8 GB at 224GB/s, 2 GB at 56GB/s 10 GB at 560GB/s, 6 GB at 336GB/s
Storage 512 GB 1 TB
Storage expansion 1 TB expansion card, HDD support 1 TB expansion card, HDD support
Optical drive None, digital-only 4K Blu-ray drive
Target performance 4K at 60 fps up to 120 fps 1440p at 60 fps up to 120 fps
Price 1,249 AED (est) 2,149 AED (est)

The main takeaway here is the target performance for each console. The Xbox Series X aims to deliver games at 4K 60 fps, while the Xbox Series S can do it at 1440p 60 fps. We’re guessing that despite the Series S’s hardware, the aim is to still deliver performance that is next-gen worthy.

Launching two consoles at the same time is a big risk to take, but for Microsoft, they’re also focusing not just on the hardware but also on the software. As announced yesterday, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will now include EA Access, which opens hundreds of AAA quality games that you can download using just one subscription. What’s more, Game Pass Ultimate users will also get access to the games on PC, along with Microsoft’s xCloud gaming service.

We may have to wait and see how the next-generation consoles play out. If we were to ask, will you get the Xbox Series X or the Xbox Series S? Give it a shout out in the comments! Pre-orders for both the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X start on September 22.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.