The Xbox Series S specs and worth have been revealed, and Microsoft appears to have nailed the fragile steadiness between the 2 to supply an affordable new Xbox for those who do not care about having a disc drive.
Xbox Series S, beforehand dubbed ‘Project Lockhart’ will value $299.99 / £249.99. It’s the cheaper, digital-only various to the Xbox Series X. Yes, Microsoft is releasing not one however two next-gen consoles this yr. Now, with the complete Xbox Series X worth and launch window announcement, we’re nicely on the best way to the following technology.
This disc-less, next-gen Xbox Series S specs are considerably extra highly effective than the (now discontinued) Xbox One S All-Digital console, and the CPU, GPU and strong state disc drive storage solely path what you may get from the Series X.
Interested to know extra? Here’s every part we all know in regards to the Xbox Series S.
Xbox Series S launch date
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series S (Project Lockhart) is certainly actual, and that its digital-only next-gen console will arrive on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
That means the brand new Series X will launch proper alongside the dearer Xbox Series X – each coming proper earlier than Black Friday 2020 on November 27.
Xbox Series S worth
Microsoft has quashed the limitless hypothesis over the Xbox Series S worth, revealing that the console will retail for $299.99 / £249.99 / AU$499 by way of its official Twitter account. This falls according to the Xbox Series S being a lower-cost various to the Xbox Series X.
If we evaluate it to the Xbox Series X’s worth of $499 / £499 / AU$760, the Xbox Series S undercuts it considerably by $200. The Xbox One S’s RRP was $100 lower than that of the Xbox One X at launch, whereas the Xbox One S All-Digital’s launch RRP was $200 lower than the Xbox One X’s. The Xbox Series S will probably be a tempting proposition for these seeking to expertise next-gen video games with out breaking the financial institution, then.
Xbox Series S: specs
Microsoft has revealed precisely what its cheaper Xbox can do within the console’s official launch trailer, which you’ll be able to watch beneath.
- CPU: Eight-core 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT) customized AMD 7nm
- GPU: four teraflops at 1.550GHz
- RAM: 10GB GDDR6
- Frame fee: Up to 120 fps
- Resolution: 1440p with 4K upscaling
- Optical: No disk drive
- Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
The Xbox Series S is as much as 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X, making it the smallest Xbox ever made. Games will goal a decision of 1440p as an alternative of 4K on Xbox Series X, and will probably be able to 120fps.
There’s additionally help for ray tracing, 4K media playback, 4K sport upscaling, variable fee shading and variable refresh charges – identical as on Xbox Series X. The console is all-digital, which means there is no disc drive, and has a customized NVME 512GB SSD.
If you are frightened about working out of disk house, Microsoft can be releasing a 1TB enlargement card. The card may be plugged into the again of the Xbox Series X, however we’re unsure if its suitable with the Xbox Series S simply but, though we would be shocked if it wasn’t. An exterior laborious drive can be used to retailer Xbox One video games and backwards-compatible titles.
Xbox Series S: a digital gateway
The Xbox Series S will primarily act as a digital gateway for each Microsoft’s game-streaming service, Project xCloud, and its ever-growing Xbox Game Pass service.
Project xCloud goals to leverage Microsoft’s present knowledge facilities throughout the globe, actually loading up servers with the element elements of a number of Xbox One consoles, and utilizing these to run the video games streamed on to your cellular gadget of selection.
This signifies that avid gamers will be capable to play the likes of Halo Infinite, Forza and different traditional console and PC massive hitters on their telephones, tablets or Windows 10 computer systems.
Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass is basically a Netflix for video games, permitting subscribers to entry a number of Xbox video games digitally. The service has grown massively since its launch in 2017, boasting over 10 million subscribers.
Services corresponding to Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass show that bodily discs aren’t all the time needed, with Microsoft providing loads of content material for individuals who select to go digital-only. Xbox Series S will undoubtedly take this initiative into the following technology, proving that these providers alone can help a next-gen console.