Microsoft is delivering two different versions of its latest generation of console. The Series X and Series S. The Series S is missing more than just the disk drive. Its small form factor is an astonishing feat. With its small form factor, it does sacrifice a bit of performance and storage. However, the Series S is targeting a 1440p experience while the Series X is aiming for 4k.
The new consoles are backward compatible with the majority of previous Xbox titles. Also, the controllers are backward compatible as well, meaning you won’t need to buy new controllers to play. However, the new controllers have updated to USB-C connections.
CPU. 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU. 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
SOC Die Size. 360.45 mm
Process. 7nm Enhanced
MEMORY & STORAGE
Memory. 16GB GDDR6 w/320 bit-wide bus
Memory Bandwidth. 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s.
Internal Storage. 1TB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput. 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
Expandable Storage. Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S matches internal storage exactly (sold separately). Support for USB 3.1 external HDD (sold separately).
Gaming Resolution. True 4K
High Dynamic Range. Up to 8K HDR
Optical Drive. 4K UHD Blu-Ray
Performance Target. Up to 120 FPS
HDMI Features. Auto Low Latency Mode. HDMI Variable Refresh Rate. AMD FreeSync.
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby TrueHD with Atmos
Up to 7.1 L-PCM
PORTS & CONNECTIVITY
HDMI. 1x HDMI 2.1 port
USB. 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
Wireless. 802.11ac dual-band
Ethernet. 802.3 10/100/1000
Accessories radio. Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio.
CPU. 8X Cores @ 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU. 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @ 1.565 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
SOC Die Size. 197.05 mm
Memory. 10GB GDDR6 128 bit-wide bus
Memory Bandwidth. 8GB @ 224 GB/s, 2GB @ 56 GB/s.
Internal Storage. 512GB Custom NVME SSD
Gaming Resolution. 1440p
L-PCM, up to 7.1
The Series X outpaces the Series S in performance, however, the Series S wins in price and size. If you’ve got a TV that supports 60hz or 120hz at 4k, the Series X is for you. The Series S is targeted at 1440p performance and will still work on a 4k TV however, the quality may change. Microsoft says this will be adaptive for both systems. The FPS will change in both systems to maintain 1440p or 4k, respectively. In short, it’s offering a high fidelity visual experience for a price that can’t easily be replicated in PC gaming.
Which version is for you? Will you be upgrading your TV to fully enjoy these new consoles?
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