Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S: It’s all about 4K vs. 1440

Is 4K resolution and an optical drive worth an extra $200 to you? That is the main difference between the $500 (£450, AU$749) Xbox Series X and $300 (£250, AU$499) Xbox Series S. Except your life is dominated by FOMO, the console selection clearly comes all the way down to speaking your self into shopping for the Sequence X relatively than speaking your self out of it.

Sure, technically the Xbox Sequence X has extra reminiscence and beefier processing elements that run at quicker speeds than the Sequence S, however it’s all in service of hitting 4K and 120 frames per second whereas gaming with out upscaling. Or it is 8K/60 frames per second with it — if you think you need it. The Sequence S’ goal of 1440p and 120 fps is loads much less demanding, therefore its lower-power elements and smaller physique. For streaming video, the Sequence X can do native 4K and upscale to 8K, whereas the sequence S upscales to 4K.

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The Sequence S comes with solely 512GB of SSD storage in contrast with the Sequence X’s 1TB, however because of Smart Delivery, video games optimized for the brand new consoles will not take up as a lot area on the Sequence S because the Sequence X. If you wish to play a few of your massive outdated video games, the Sequence S helps the identical 1TB Velocity Architecture for SSD enlargement. Whizzy new sport options are designed to be appropriate with each they usually have the identical assist for the brand new wi-fi controller and different peripherals

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Microsoft’s providing each with its two 12 months Xbox All Entry bundles — that is its plan for leasing an Xbox plus a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate — with the Sequence X for $35 a month and the Sequence S for $25.


The largest problem for a living-room-bound Sequence S is discovering a TV that helps the 1440p most decision relatively than forcing it to dial again to 1080p. Most TVs do 1080p or 4K (or each). But when the console is cohabiting along with your workspace, there are a ton of appropriate displays you possibly can connect with it.

The Sequence S is a a lot better deal should you’re planning to join Xbox All Entry. When you subtract the worth of the console, you find yourself paying about $12.50 a month for Xbox Recreation Cross Final in comparison with its solo $15 month-to-month price. In case you have an older console, although, you may be able to get the Series X for as little as $300 with a trade-in.

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In case you’ve been gaming at 4K on an Xbox One X, you could need to shell out the larger bucks and improve to this mannequin. You can get the next body price with the One S, however that is on the expense of decision. In case you’re used to taking part in in 4K, 1440p would possibly look mushy to you. However that can rely upon the dimensions of your display screen and your visible acuity.

Xbox All Entry is not a terrific cope with the Xbox Sequence X. At $35 a month, when you subtract the worth of the console you are saving solely about 80 cents off placing the console in your bank card and subscribing individually to Xbox Recreation Cross Final. (If you do not have a bank card, do not forget that so as to join the plan you continue to should cross a credit score test with Microsoft’s third-party financing firm, Residents One. The latter is the one strategy to subscribe to All Entry as properly.)

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Comparative specs

Xbox Sequence X Xbox Sequence S
Processor 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT)
Graphics AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 52 CU at 1.825GHz (12TFLOPS FP32) AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 20 CU at 1.565GHz (4TFLOPS FP32)
Video reminiscence 16GB GDDR6 with 14Gbps 320-bit interface (10GB at 560GBps allotted to GPU, 6GB at 336GBps allotted to remainder of system with 3.5GB for GPU) 10GB GDDR6 (8GB at 224GBps allotted to GPU, 2GB at 56GBps allotted to remainder of system)
Storage 1TB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.2 exterior HDD assist 512GB NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0; proprietary 1TB SSD add-on module; USB 3.1 exterior HDD assist
Optical drive Sure, 4K Blu-ray No
Most output decision 8K 60fps; 4K 120 fps 1440p, 120 fps
Audio Ray traced Ray traced
New controller options Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter Share button, Dynamic Latency Enter
VR assist Unknown Unknown
Backwards compatibility Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games Xbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox video games
Launch date Nov. 10 Nov. 10
Value $500, £450, AU$749 $300, £250, AU$499

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Lori Grunin