XBOX SERIES S SPECS
Processor: 8-core, 3.6 GHz Custom Zen 2
GPU: Custom RDNA 2, 4 teraflops
Memory: 10 GB
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Max Resolution: 1440p
Max Framerate: 120 fps
Ports: HDMI, USB-A, Ethernet
Size: 10.8 x 5.9 x 2.6 inches
Weight: 4.3 pounds
In search of a beefy, next-gen console, Microsoft caught us off guard by launching a more affordable device that offers a next-gen gaming experience but with some limitations.
The Xbox Series S is a cute, compact, nice-looking, and relatively powerful console that offers many of the great features of the Xbox Series X. It is designed to play games at 1440p resolution at 60 FPS, offers backward compatibility, has the same Xbox controller, and promises an impressive sound system that can make your games, a lot better.
But how does it performs?
And most importantly, is it worth upgrade from the last-gen console?
Let’s Find out!
Xbox Series S Performance
The Series S is packed with RDNA 2 GPU and 8 cores Zen 2 CPU which is a scaled-down version of the Series X hardware. But it follows the same architecture and technology. Microsoft’s aims to target the 1440p market is ambitious, considering how well this console can run optimized games.
Players on the other side, now have the option to switch between 2-3 visual modes to get the best settings as per their TVs requirements. Some games in the High Settings, like Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4 doesn’t look as sharp as the Series X gameplay, but if you don’t test both consoles side-by-side, you wouldn’t tell the difference.
As for backward compatibility, the Series S starts from the base of Xbox One and works from there. If in case the game is not optimized for the Series S, the console will automatically play the Xbox One enhanced version, which is a nice little touch. But in this case, you don’t get the freedom to play around with the settings, so it’s a give and take.
Storage and Speed
While we did mention that the Series S is a scaled-down version of the Series X, that’s not the case in terms of storage and speed. It packs the same SSD as the Series X model.
The faster SSD storage makes the game load a lot faster and you’re up from the loading screen to the gameplay in about 10 seconds. Once you get a hold of the supremacy of higher load times, you will not go back to the previous-gen models.
The base model comes with 512 GB of SSD storage. In case, you want extra storage, you can easily buy the 1 TB or 2 TB expandable storage unit from Microsoft and plug them in the “Storage Expansion” slot, at the back-side for the console.
This is another great feature for gamers as a lot of third-party manufacturers have already started working on the cheaper SSD models.
The User Interface
The Xbox Series S UI is the same as the Xbox Series X. It’s snappy, well-polished, and quick resumes work exactly the same. Jumping between 3-4 games can only take about 5-10 seconds depending on how large it is. The internet options work like a charm and multimedia options like movies and songs also work great.
The Microsoft Series S is a nice, cute little addition to the next-gen gaming war that offers remarkable performance considering the size and the budget. It’s tiny, light, and sports a minimalistic aesthetic.
Overall, it’s nice that you can play the next-gen games for $300 and an entry-level option like the Series S is available in the market at your convivence.