Everything You Need To Know About Xbox Series S: Specs, Price, And Availability

Aadhya Khatri - Sep 18, 2020


Everything You Need To Know About Xbox Series S: Specs, Price, And Availability

Xbox Series S price and specs have been revealed and it appears Microsoft has been able to strike a nearly perfect balance between these two

Xbox Series S price and specs have been revealed and it appears Microsoft has been able to strike a nearly perfect balance between what users get and what they have to pay. So what we are about to see of a more affordable Xbox for those who don’t care about having a disc drive.

Xbox Series S Release Date

Microsoft confirmed that the digital-only console Xbox Series S would be launched on November 10, 2020.

Xbox Series S Price In India

Microsoft has recently quashed speculations over how much it would price the Series S by announcing that the console will be retailed for $299.99 and Rs 36,990 in India.

Xbox Series S price
The console will be retailed for $299.99 and Rs 36,990 in India

This falls in line with Microsoft’s intention to make the console a lower-priced substitute to those who find the price of Xbox Series X is a bit too steep for them.

Compared to the $499 (or Rs 49,990) of Series X, the money saved is significant, making Xbox Series S the ideal choice for those who want to dip their toe into next-gen gaming without breaking the bank.

Xbox Series S On Xbox All Access

Xbox Series S will be on Xbox All Access subscription service in select regions including Australia, the US, and the UK.

Users also have another choice to bundle things up for a reduced total price. Xbox All Access offers the console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate during a 24-month long period (of course you get to keep the console, the duration is for the Pass only) for $24.99 without any upfront costs.

Xbox All Access
Xbox All Access offers the console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate during a 24-month long period

Xbox All Access is available through different channels in different regions so you might want to check their official websites for more information.

Xbox Series S Specs

Everything you want to know about what the more affordable Xbox Series S can do can be found in the below trailer video:

With the size 60% smaller than the Series X, Series S is Microsoft’s smallest console to date. Users can enjoy games with a resolution of 1440p and 120FPS, not 4K like on the Xbox Series X.

However, to make up for the lower resolution, Xbox Series S supports 4K game upscaling, ray tracing, 4K media playback, variable refresh rates, and variable-rate shading, same as what you have with Series X.

Since the console is an all-digital variant, it has a custom NVME 512GB SSD and no disc drive.

Xbox Series S parts
The console has a custom NVME 512GB SSD and no disc drive

Microsoft also offers a 1TB expansion card for those worrying they would one day run out of disc space. Users can use an external hard drive for storing all backward-compatible titles and Xbox One games.

Xbox Series S has support for Spatial Sound with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision included; however, the latter is available via streaming media apps.

For Microsoft, the more affordable console plays as a gateway to promote its growing Xbox Game Pass service and game-streaming service called Project xCloud.

Project xCloud takes advantage of Microsoft’s wide-spread data centers all over the world and loads up servers with several Xbox One consoles’ component parts to stream games right to mobile devices.

This enables gamers to play various classic console and PC games on their tablets, phones, or Windows 10.

On the other hand, you can thick of Xbox Game Pass as Netflix for gaming, opening access to a lot of Xbox games. Ever since it was first launched in 2017, the service has grown massively, amassing over 10 million subscribers.

These two services prove that discs are losing their standing. Xbox Series S will definitely take the initiative to the future, offering Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass without physical discs.

Xbox Series S vs Xbox Series X

To draw the most accurate comparison, we will have to wait until Xbox Series S makes it to the market so here is just the initial comparison.

Based on the specs and features, Xbox Series X is undoubtedly superior with support for 4K, more raw power, optical drive, and double the storage. As you may expect, these features come with a more expensive price.

Xbox Series S and Series X
Based on the specs and features, Xbox Series X is undoubtedly superior with support for 4K, more raw power, optical drive, and double the storage

So if you have a tight budget, Xbox Series S is a better option with plenty of power.

Is Xbox Series X Better Than PS5?

On papers, Xbox Series X is more powerful than PS5.

Here are those who should go for the Xbox Series X:

  • Xbox or Halo fans.
  • Fans of sports, shooting, and fast-paced games.
  • People with a not-so-good Internet connection.
  • Collectors of physical copies.
  • Those who want to use the device to run third-party games.
  • Those who have no interest in Sony exclusive but want decent specs.

Here are those who should choose PS5 instead:

  • Those who love Sony-exclusive IP
  • Those with a fast Internet connection
  • People who are fine with the idea of investing in expandable storage or deleting some games to clear space.

Now stay tuned for the release of Xbox Series S, it might be the console you are looking for.

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