Eventually this year, we’ll be getting the Xbox Series X which had been in the news for a really long time now. The release date of the XBox Series X is tipped to being the 10th of November which is the same time that the company is said to release the less powerful Xbox Serie S which will have a price tag of US$299.
The release date of the cheaper game console was unveiled by leaker WalkingCat which was then confirmed by Microsoft itself with details about the device as well as the design and specifications.
Based on the released video, the game console will be all-digital and have support for a 1440p up to 120 frames per seconds and feature a Velocity Architecture 512GB SSD and be able to upscale games to 4K and can stream media at 4K as well.
There is also going to be support for similar next-gen features which includes the DirectX ray tracing, variable rate shading, variable refresh rate and also “ultra low latency”. There is also the the XBox Game Pass Ultimate tie-in
The interesting thing is that the Series S game console is being reported to be powered by the same processor as the Series X just with a lesser graphics processor and has no support for disc drives as it’s just digital only and in it’s design, it looked much like a sliced down version of the bigger Series X.
After a dribble, the leaks ramped up to include some basic specs; notably, that it uses the same processor as the X but a lesser graphics processor, has no disc drive and is about half the size of its big brother. From the photo, it definitely looks like half of a Series X.
The price of the device has been tipped to being about US$299 even though Microsoft didn’t provide too many information about the release but there will obviously be a much more official information of the device beign announced during the actual release event of the product.
Meanwhile the much expensive Xbox Series X is being rumored to be priced about US$500 and that makes the Series S like half the price (though not really) but the much expensive version will give you access to the XBox All Access subscription.
As for the specifications and designs of the XBox Series S, one obvious thing is that the game console is just half the size of the Series X and reported to sport an eight-core AMD processor with 512GB of internal storage and GPU which is a bit slower than the Series X’s GPU as well as having only 10GB GDDR6 unlike the 16GB in the latter.
The result is a third of the bandwidth, 4TFLOPS instead of 12TFLOPS. As a result, it will generate far less heat and require less power, which means less active or passive cooling required. Combine that with the lack of an optical drive, and you can cut a lot of volume out of the console.
The speed output of the console is said to be in 1440p/120fps gaming unlike the Series X with its 4k/120p which matches up with the specs. It also support the Velocity Architecture but the backward compatibility isn’t known.