Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: What is new and Different?

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Microsoft launched two great game consoles together: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. this could be considered as a rectification for the previous mistakes. However, these two game consoles were launched on 10th November 2020. Even though, they are not each other rivals, but comparison between the two is given. Both of the game consoles are decent in appearance and better than the previous consoles.


Xbox Series X: Black Finish, Black controller, 301 x 151x 151mm, 4.5kg

Xbox Series S: White Finish, White controller, 273 x 150 x 64mm, 1.9kg

Also, read Xbox Series S Review: What all to Expect

Even if they were launched together, there is nothing similar between the two next-gen consoles.

Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is a matt black huge machine, designed to stand vertically and lay horizontally. Whereas the Xbox Series S is smaller in size and the console is white in color, which makes it look like a speaker.

Processing and Graphics

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X: 3.8GHz CPU, 16GB GDDR6 RAM, 12 TFLOPS GPU (52 CUs at 1.825GHz), Custom AMD Zen 2 eight-core processor

Xbox Series S: 3.6 GHz, 10GB GDDR6 RAM, 4 TFLOPS GPU (20CUs at 1.565GHZ), Custom AMD Zen 2 eight-core processor


Xbox Series X: 1TB internal SSD, 3x USB 3.2 Ports

Xbox Series S: 512 Gb internal SSD, 3x USB 3.1 ports

Both Consoles: storage expansion card slots

Also, read The Best Xbox Series X/S Games 2020

Storage has become an advantage for the Xbox next-gen consoles, and Microsoft Has out did itself with the Xbox Series X storage. In terms of storage the X box Series S lack the internal storage when compared to the Xbox Series X, but both the consoles have Storage Expansion Card Slots.

The Xbox Series S might be of a concern, considering the internal storage is 512GB, also talking into notice that most of the games now a days are up to 100GB. Some are even larger like Call of Duty: Warzone.


Both Consolers: 1x AA-battery powered controller included

Both consolers: Also compatible with Xbox One Controllers

With the new game consoles, comes new controller as well. The Xbox Series X has a black colored controller and the Xbox Series S has a white colored controller. Both have the same features- just a color difference.

The controller comes with a new feature of saving screenshots and video clips while playing with the share button at the center the gaming pad.

Also, read 6 Best Xbox Games For Girls Listed by Female Gamers in 2021

Games and Accessories

Both Consoles: Backwards compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games

Both Consoles: Also compatible with all Xbox One Accessories

Here is a list of game that are confirmed for the Xbox Series X and S:

  1. Halo Infinite
  2. Cyperpunk 2077
  3. Assassin’s Creed
  4. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
  5. Outriders
  6. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  7. Immortal Fenyx Rising
  8. Rainbow Six Quarantine
  9. Battlefield 6
  10. Dying Light 2
  11. Gothic
  12. WRC 9
  13. Watch Dogs: Legion
  14. Bright Memory Infinite
  15. Dirt 5
  16. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  17. Scorn
  18. The Medium
  19. The Ascent
  20. Chorus
  21. Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2
  22. Scarlet Nexus
  23. Second Extinction
  24. Call to the Sea
  25. Far Cry 6
  26. FIFA 21
  27. Hitman 3
  28. Resident Evil 8

Home Entertainment

Both Consoles: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), HDR (high dynamic range), Dolby vision, Dolby Atmos

Xbox Series X: 4K Ultra-HD Blue-ray drive

Xbox Series S: No drive, digital only

Price and Availability

Both Consoles available globally on 10th November 2020

Xbox Series X launch price: £449 / $499 / €499

Xbox Series S launch price: £249 / $299 / €299

Also, read What is Xbox Game Pass: Price, Included Games

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Specs

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: What is new and Different?

Xbox Series X:

  • CPU: Eight-core 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7mm
  • GPU: 12 teraflops 1.825GHz (locked)
  • RAM: 16GB GDDR6
  • Frame rate: Up to 120 fps
  • Resolution: Up to 8k
  • Optical: HD Blu-Ray disk drive
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD

Xbox Series S:

  • CPU: Eight-core 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT) custom AMD 7nm
  • GPU: 4 teraflops at 1.550GHz
  • RAM: 10GB GDDR6
  • Frame rate: Up to 120 fps
  • Resolution: 1440p with 4k upscaling
  • Optical: No disk drive
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD

Which Xbox to buy?

Well, both the next-gen game consoles have their own perks and benefits. Microsoft has made sure their they cover all kinds of audience and gamers. If you want a decent looking yet cost- efficient Xbox, the Xbox Series S is your destination and if you are ready to spend a little extra, no body is stopping you to buy the Xbox Series X.


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