Xbox Series X vs Series S: Which console suits you?

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Which gaming console suits you best?

Microsoft's gaming division Xbox on Wednesday (September 9) formally announced the launch of the new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

Xbox's plan is as simple as it gets. The new consoles support all the new games and also compatible with older games up to four generations back. But,  the prices of the devices are well placed to meet the budget needs of all segments of consumers.

The new Xbox Series S costs $299 (approx. Rs 21,959) and the Xbox Series X is priced $499 (arond Rs 36,647) in the US. 

Also, Xbox Series S will be available for purchase through contracts starting from $24.99 a month for 24 months and Xbox Series X will be available starting from $34.99 a month for 24 months.

However, in India, due to import duties, the same models cost Rs 34,999 and Rs 49,999, respectively. Both the models will be available for pre-order from September 22 onwards and hit stores globally on November 10.

To help make an informed decision, here's is run down of the specifications of the Xbox Series X and the Series S.
 

Xbox Series XSpecifications Xbox Series S
Microsoft's custom 7nm class 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2 octa-core (3.6 GHz with SMT enabled)CPUMicrosoft's custom 7nm class 3.6 GHz AMD Zen 2 octa-core (3.4 GHz with SMT enabled)
Custom RDNA 2, 52 CU at 1.825 GHzGPUCustom RDNA 2, 20 CUs at 1.565 GHz
12.15 TFLOPSGPU Power4 TFLOPS
Up to 16 GB GDDR6 RAMUp to 10 GB GDDR6 
10GB @ 560GB/s & 6GB @ 336GB/sMemory bandwidth8GB @ 224GB/s & 2GB @ 56GB/s
1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSDStorage512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD 
2.4 GB/s (RAW or uncompressed), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)I/O Throughput2.4 GB/s (RAW or uncompressed), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)
1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)Expandable Storage1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
8KMaximum video resolution1440p with 4K upscaling
120HzMaximum refresh rate120Hz
4K at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPSPerformance target1440p at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS
4K UHD Blu-rayOptical Disk DriveNo (digital download option only)
HDMI 2.1Display Output HDMI 2.1
151 x 151 x 301 mm & 4.45KgDimensions & Weight60% smaller than Xbox Series X & weight is yet to be ascertained
Thousands of Xbox One and backward-compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games available at launch. Xbox One gaming accessories are backward compatible as well.Backward compatibleThousands of Xbox One and backward-compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games available at launch. Xbox One gaming accessories are backward compatible as well.

US: $499

India: Rs 49,990

Price

US: $299 

India: Rs 34,990

Also, Microsoft in collaboration with Electronic Arts is offering Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members with an EA Play membership at no additional cost starting this holiday (November).

Read more | Details on top gaming titles launching along with Xbox Series S and Series X 

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