Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S

With new Xbox consoles on the brink of release, it is time to figure out which one will suit you better for all your home entertainment experiences. Microsoft is planning to release two consoles on November 10, 2020, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

These consoles will be what “Power Your Dreams” is based on a claim by Microsoft. This guide will help you show you the differences between the two consoles and which is right for you.

The significant difference between the two consoles is resolution and an optical drive. The Xbox Series X will support 4K and include an optical drive while the Xbox Series S will support 1440p with no optical drive. So it is really up to you to determine if you want to spend $499 for 4K content and optical drive or $299 for 1440p and no optical drive. When it comes to streaming your favorite TV shows, or movies, the Series X can do native 4K and upscale to 8K, while the Series S upscales that content to 4K.

Another huge difference between the two consoles is size; the Series X is huge in terms of dimensions, and fitting it into current entertainment centers may be a hassle. The Series S, on the other hand, is very compact and sleek; it is the smallest Xbox console ever made due to it not focusing on 4K gameplay and large power consumption.

On launch, the Series S comes with 512GB of SSD storage while the Series X comes with 1TB. Note that both consoles play the exact same games, just at different resolution and graphical fidelity. Smart Delivery will determine what assets are needed for the respective console that you are using, so if a game is 100GBs on the Series X, it is more than likely going to be smaller on the Series S. Both consoles will support the same SSD expansion.

Both consoles support Xbox One peripherals and games, so when you purchase your console, you do not necessarily have to purchase any extra accessories. Your Xbox One games will also benefit from being on these consoles as the Xbox Series consoles will enhance the quality of them. The Xbox Series S will play the Xbox One S version of the backward compatible games, while the Xbox Series X will play Xbox One X versions. There was a lot of confusion as to why the Xbox Series S cannot play Xbox One X games, and it is merely 4K assets, the Xbox Series S is still a more powerful and content capable console than the Xbox One X due to its SSD, GPU, and CPU, but it does support 4K assets. 4K assets does not mean better textures or better graphics.

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