The next generation of Xbox game consoles will hit the market just in time for Christmas 2020 and promises a lot in one package. The Xbox Series X and Series S consoles are slated for November 10th. Pre-orders will start on September 22nd. Both consoles offer next-generation graphics and performance for all types of gamers – even if one offers more punching power than the other and obviously comes at a premium price. This is because Microsoft is continuing its strategy of having separate models for budget buyers and those who don’t mind the extra money for a premium option.
When it comes to the design of the two consoles, there are some big differences, not just in size, but otherwise. The X Series is more of a PC gaming tower for a vertical stand position with an intimidating all-black finish. It looks very nervous given the rectangular layout and bulkier form factor.
On the other hand, the S series has a muted white finish with a touch of black to add visual depth. The slim console is one of the most compact gaming rigs from Microsoft and at first glance resembles the Xbox One S. There is a large fan opening in black color that looks like a speaker on the front. The S-Series is best for a fixed horizontal position, but can also stand vertically depending on the space available.
Features and performance
The Xbox Series X, the more powerful of the two consoles, offers twice the performance of the previous generation Xbox One X. It is clearly aimed at professional gamers who demand the best gaming performance. There are impressive technologies such as ray tracing, 4K resolution with 120 FPS display output and the option to have 8K resolution as well.
Under this black body is the AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU with an 8-core processor that has been optimized at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz with SMT) per core, paired with 12 teraflops (53 CUs) RDNA 2 -Graphics that are clocked at 1.825 GHz. The 16 GB GDDR6 RAM available to the player and the 1 TB internal NVMe SSD will guide you through all gaming needs.
The Xbox Series S, on the other hand, will be equipped with an AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor with 8 cores clocked at 3.6 GHz and only 4 teraflops (20 CUs) RDNA 2 GPU performance with a clock rate of 1.565 GHz. The video memory will also be less with 10 GB GDDR6 and the 512 GB NVMe SSD. The console also skips its bigger brother’s 4K Blu-ray drive – the X Series.
The S series is cheaper and offers a compromise in terms of screen output with a maximum resolution of 1440p. It should be compatible with your workspace monitors. Finding a TV that supports the resolution of 1440p will be a challenge. Mostly it is selected down to 1080p for compatibility reasons. Fortunately, the 120FPS means smooth gameplay with no visual loss of smoothness.
Both the S and X series will come with HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, which will improve the gaming experience three times. Both consoles are expected to support these playback technologies for popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, and Disney +.
Microsoft gives buyers more reasons to choose the Xbox over their competitors. Older games can be played on both game consoles with Xbox Smart Delivery, which ports game files from previous consoles to the current one. Backward compatibility is a top priority for Microsoft. So you can play your favorite classics from the last few years on the 2020 Xbox consoles.
Previous generation accessories, including Xbox One controllers, headsets, or other third-party accessories, are compatible with Xbox X and S series. This is ideal for gamers who are used to their favorite accessories and may not want to spend on a new set of compatible accessories when the consoles arrive.
By specs, the X Series is the most expensive of the two, with no compromise on the hardware inside. The S Series is nearly $ 200 cheaper than the X Series. While the X Series is priced at $ 499, the S Series will get you back $ 299.
Xbox will also offer more than 100 game titles and EA Play membership as part of the 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This includes the next generation Xbox game console “no upfront cost”. The Xbox Series S will be available for a monthly price of $ 24.99, while the premium Xbox X series will be available for $ 34.99 per month.
Both consoles have a good price for themselves and look good for the time being compared to the PlayStation 5 competition. It will be difficult to choose between these two, but once your requirements as a player are clear it should be a clear choice.
Which one should you buy?
The decision to buy will either depend on your requirements or the type of money you need to save. If spending near $ 500 isn’t a huge challenge, then Xbox Series X is undoubtedly a better choice. However, the S series is tailor-made for gamers who can handle reduced specifications and appreciate the compact design.
Both consoles have the firepower to play modern games – the X Series offers an experience like no other. By considering the graphics capabilities and the insane processing power, the Xbox Series X becomes a future-proof console that will be worth it for at least the next few years.