The specs and price of the Xbox Series S have been revealed, and Microsoft seems to have struck the delicate balance between the two to offer a cheap new Xbox if a drive isn’t your thing.
Xbox Series S, previously known as Project Lockhart, is priced at $ 299.99 / £ 249.99 / AU $ 499. It’s the cheaper, all-digital alternative to the Xbox Series X. Yes, Microsoft isn’t releasing one, but one two Next-gen consoles this year. With the full announcement of the Xbox Series X award and release window, we are well on our way to the next generation.
These next-gen disc-free Xbox Series S specs are way more powerful than the (now deprecated) Xbox One S all-digital console, and the storage for the CPU, GPU, and solid-state disc drives is just about what You get from Series X.
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Xbox Series S release date.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series S (Project Lockhart) is indeed real and that the next-gen digital-only console will arrive on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
That means the new X Series will be launched right next to the more expensive Xbox Series X – both coming just before Black Friday 2020 on November 27th.
Xbox Series S price
Quenching the endless speculation about the price of the Xbox Series S, Microsoft has revealed that the console will retail for $ 299.99 / £ 249.99 / AU $ 499 through its official Twitter account. This corresponds to the Xbox Series S as a cheaper alternative to the Xbox Series X.
If we compare it to the Xbox Series X’s price tag of $ 499 / £ 499 / AU $ 749, the Xbox Series S undercuts it significantly by $ 200. In the US, the Xbox One S launched an MSRP of $ 100 below the Xbox One X, while the Xbox One S All-Digital had an MSRP of $ 200 below the Xbox One X. The Xbox Series S will be a tempting offering for those who want to experience next generation gaming without breaking the bank.
Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access
The Xbox Series S will also be available on Microsoft’s Xbox All Access Subscription Service in select regions including the US, UK and Australia. Xbox All Access bundles the console with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in a 24-month plan (which allows you to access the latter for the duration) at a price of USD 24.99 / £ 20.99 / AU $ 33 per month without Upfront costs.
Xbox All Access is offered through different providers depending on the region. So if you are in the UK or the US, you should check the Xbox official website for more information. If you are in Australia, Xbox All Access is offered through Telstra. Pre-registrations are now possible.
Xbox Series S: specifications
Microsoft has shown exactly what its cheaper Xbox can do in the console’s official launch trailer, which you can watch below.
- CPU: 8 core 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7nm
- GPU: 4 teraflops at 1.550 GHz
- RAM: 10 GB GDDR6
- Frame rate: up to 120 fps
- Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling
- Optical: No hard disk drive
- Storage: 512 GB NVMe SSD
The Xbox Series S is up to 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, making it the smallest Xbox ever made. Games will aim for 1440p resolution instead of 4K on Xbox Series X and will support 120fps.
There’s also support for ray tracing, 4K media playback, 4K game upscaling, variable rate shading, and variable refresh rates – just like with Xbox Series X. The console is completely digital, meaning there is no drive and has a custom NVME 512 GB SSD.
If you are concerned about running out of space, Microsoft is also releasing a 1TB expansion card. An external hard drive can also be used to store Xbox One games and backward compatible titles.
Xbox Series S also supports spatial sound, including Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, through streaming media apps at launch. Dolby Vision support for games will also be number one for next-gen Xbox consoles in 2021.
Xbox Series S: a digital gateway
The Xbox Series S will primarily act as a digital gateway for both Microsoft’s game streaming service Project xCloud and the ever-growing Xbox Game Pass service (which is now also EA Play for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers).
Project xCloud aims to take advantage of Microsoft’s existing data centers around the world, literally loading servers with the components of multiple Xbox One consoles and using them to run the games that are streamed directly to the mobile device of your choice.
This means gamers can play Halo Infinite, Forza, and other classic console and PC hitters on their phones, tablets, or Windows 10 computers.
Now, Xbox Game Pass is essentially a Netflix for games that gives subscribers digital access to many Xbox games. The service has grown massively since its launch in 2017 and has over 10 million subscribers.
Services like Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass prove that physical disks are not always required. Microsoft offers a wide range of content for those who opt for pure digitization. The Xbox Series S will no doubt take that initiative into the next generation, proving that these services alone can support a next-generation console.