Xbox Series S Pre Order, Specs, Release Date And More

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Microsoft has finally released the price of the Xbox Series S and it is far cheaper than the Xbox Series X or PS5.

Due to the outpouring of leaks, Microsoft realized the dam concealing the info on the XBox Series S was about to break.  This forced their hand to reveal the release date and more.

Images of the XBOX Series S reveal it is more of the standard rectangle console with a large black mesh vent on the side.  No, it is not a speaker or a coaster for your drink.  The console is the classic all white color scheme, although black may be an option upon release.  It also checks in at a whopping 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series S Release Date

As expected, the Xbox Series Release Date is set for November 1oth, placing peak interest in the new console near the Black Friday frenzy.  But, as usual, I wouldn’t expect any “deals” on the unit which has been the practice of the gaming industry for holiday releases.  We could blame Xbox and others, but, then again, we consume them like ravaging wolves when released, so why would they.  Pre-orders are expected to kick off on September 22nd, so make sure you are hovering over the button!

Xbox Series S Specs

Microsoft has not had much to say in regards to specs on the new console, however, what is expected is pushing 4 teraflops of graphical output and a display of 1440p at up to 120fps .   You will also have the benefits of DirectX Ray-tracing, variable rate shading, variable refresh rate, and “ultra-low latency.”  4K streaming media playback, and 4K upscaling for games is also expected, but, I haven’t been able to confirm that as of yet.

XBox Series S vs X

Besides the space saving and reduced price for the Xbox Series S, here are some other particulars that may interest you in comparison to the Xbox Series X:

Xbox Series S

Xbox Series X

CPU

8-Core AMD Zen
2 CPU @ 3.6GHz
3.4Ghz w/SMT enabled

8-Core AMD Zen
2 CPU @ 3.8GHz
3.6GHz w/SMT Enabled

GPU

AMD RDNA 2 GPU
20CUs @ 1.565GHz

AMD RDNA 2 GPU
52CUs @ 1.825GHz

GPU Power

4 TFLOPS

12.15 TFLOPS

System on a Chip

Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC

Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC

RAM

10GB GDDR6 RAM
8GB @224GB/s
2GB @ 56BG/s

16GB GDDR6 RAM
10GB @224GB/s
6GB @ 336 GB/s

Performance target

1440p @ 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS

4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS

Storage

512 GB Custom NVME SSD

1 TB Custom NVME SSD

Expandable Storage

1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)

Text1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)

Backward Capability

Thousands of Xbox One and Backwarde Compatible Xbos 360 and original Xbox games available at launch. Xbox One gaming accessories are backward compatible as well.

Thousands of Xbox One and Backwarde Compatible Xbos 360 and original Xbox games available at launch. Xbox One gaming accessories are backward compatible as well.

Disc Drive

Digital-only

4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

Display OutText

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

MSRP

US$499, CA$657, £449, €421

US$299, CA$393, £233, €252

Xbox Series Price

The biggest draw to the XBOX Series S is the pricing.  Microsoft released the Xbox Series S price at US$299, a price much cheaper than the XBOX Series X.  Appropriately priced, due to Xbox’s claim of the Series S being the smallest XBox ever.  The benefit of a smaller console is for gamers who lack spacing for a console or gamers a couple of c-notes shy of being able to afford the Series X.

Xbox Series S Controller

The wireless Xbox Series S controller will have a refined Hybrid D-Pad, a share button to share content without a hitch, and Bluetooth connections to make it easy to connect and switch devices.

The Xbox Series S is absolutely affordable compared to the Series X, but, there are costs on the back end.  While it is not as powerful as its big brother, the it will still have access to all the same games, which will be playable across the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows 10 via Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system.  Regardless, Microsoft has broadened the market for those who can’t shill out 500 bucks for a new console.

Where to Buy the Xbox Series S

Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X
2 yr protection plan for $59.99 ($2.50/mo). Also $25.00/mo suggested payments with 12-Month Financing Option
$299.00
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Jay has been a web designer since 2010. He is the Chief Editor at Beyond Box Gifts. When he is not trimming his beard with fire, you can usually find him face first in a burrito bowl.

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