Microsoft’s next generation of consoles will consist of two flagship devices in the form of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. This article will be focusing on the latter, a digital-only console which will retail at a more affordable price than its larger sibling.
Xbox Series S is designed to focus on 1440p resolution and 120fps performance, choosing to ignore the 4K benchmark that will be tackled by the other two major consoles coming this November. Combine this with a smaller asking price and lack of a disc drive and you’ve got a piece of hardware which is arguably aiming for a completely different audience.
We’ve compiled all of the official specs alongside some of its biggest features below, providing a solid idea of what to expect from the Series S:
- 1440p performance up to 120fps
- Variable refresh rate
- Ray tracing support
- 4K game upscaling
- 4K media playback
- Custom NVME SSD (512 GB)
- 60% smaller than XSX
The only major downgrades from the Series X then, is the lack of 4K support, less storage and the omission of a disk drive. Given what you’re paying, these are arguably sacrifices worth taking for a cheaper system which won’t skimp on the next-gen experience.
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Xbox Series S including all the latest news, price, specs, games and more.
Xbox Series S release date – When is it coming out?
The Xbox Series S will become available on 10 November alongside the Xbox Series X. Pre-orders are now available, and you can find out more about them here.
Xbox Series S price – How much will it cost?
The Xbox Series S is priced at £249.99 in the UK, and at $299.99 in the US.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X both cost considerably more at £449 / $499, but you are getting 4K support and a disk drive for the added investment alongside vastly superior specs.
Xbox Series S games – What will the launch games be?
The Xbox Series S is likely to share the same game library as the Xbox Series X, although don’t expect those games to run quite as smoothly.
Here is the list of confirmed launch games heading to the next generation of Microsoft consoles:
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Bright Memory
- Dirt 5
- Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
- FIFA 21
- Gears 5 (Series X Upgraded)
- Gears Tactics
- Marvel’s Avengers
- NBA 2K21
- Observer: System Redux
- RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
- Samurai Spirits
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- The Falconeer
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Related: Best Xbox Series X Games
Xbox Series S specs – How powerful will it be?
The Series S is a four teraflop entry-level console for the next generation. Four teraflops doesn’t sound like a lot when you consider the 12 teraflops packed into the Xbox Series X, but it’s still pretty powerful – bear in mind the current Xbox One has just 1.3 teraflops of computing power and still loads up some pretty impressive gaming experiences.
The Series S is aimed at gamers wanting to play games in 1080p or 1440p, which makes a lot of sense considering most PC gamers still play at these resolutions due to the costs involved in upgrading to 4K.
|Xbox Series S||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @ 1.55 GHz Custom RDNA 2||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2|
|Memory||10 GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6|
|Internal Storage||512GB Custom NVME SSD||1TB Custom NVME SSD|
|Optical Drive||Digital only||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Performance Target||Up to 1440p @ 120 FPS||Up to 4K @ 60 FPS (Up to 120 FPS at lower resolutions)|
The recent arrival of xCloud also supports the idea of Microsoft launching a console option that doesn’t boast high-end specs, as subscribers only need a good internet connection in order to see a fantastic performance.
That said, it hasn’t been confirmed whether you’ll be able to see 4K resolutions via xCloud just yet, but the technology is undoubtedly available to Microsoft to enable it in the future.
Related: PS5 vs Xbox Series X
Xbox Series S Design – How does it look?
Microsoft claims this will be the ‘smallest Xbox ever’. According to the official image, the console looks to be the same size of three controllers stacked on top of each other, which is absolutely tiny. In terms of official dimensions, it comes in at 10.83 in × 5.94 in × 2.50 in, which is roughly 60% smaller than the Series X.
There looks to be vents on both the side and top of the console to allow for improved airflow. The black vent isn’t to our personal tastes, but it at least helps to differentiate the device from the current Xbox One S. We’ll be very curiosu to compare the Series S with its larger sibling later this year.