Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X hardware comparison: The major differences

Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X side-by-side comparison

Against all odds, Microsoft appears dead set in releasing its next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Despite being two consoles capable of running the exact same games, the two have drastic differences aside from their prices. We take a look at these major disparities.

Xbox Series S has no disc drive

From the outset, the Xbox Series S appears to be the smaller of the two next-gen consoles. It is not just small by design in order to cater to consumers who value space at their homes. The Series S is actually smaller because it has fewer hardware component than the Series X. Specifically, it does not come with a disc drive akin to the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

But, for this upcoming generation, the Xbox Series S will not solely be the disc drive-less console. Sony is, reportedly, planning a “Digital Edition” of the PlayStation 5 as well.

Processing power and performance

At 4 teraflops with the Xbox Series S in comparison to 12 teraflops with the Xbox Series X, the former is deliberately weaker in processing capability than the latter. Despite the huge disparity between the numbers, the Series S is expectedly going to perform at a certain benchmark that appears outstanding even to modern gamers. This means being able to play at 1440p resolution at a smooth 120 FPS and support with raytracing, among other important variables.

However, where baseline performance becomes hampered in the Series S, it’s in this situation where the Xbox Series X’s superior hardware could shine, theoretically. Possibly seen in both graphics’ quality as well as framerates.

Storage capacity

It is not revealed whether or not the Series S will have a different SSD than the Series X that justifies their price difference. However, it is certain that the former will have smaller capacity storage at 512Gb as opposed to the latter’s 1Tb.

Considering how the sizes of games become significantly larger the more they appear more realistic looking, both consoles will likely feature extended storage. That is, with the purpose of mitigating storage issues down the road.

Non-hardware Comparison

Coming alongside the release of the two consoles is a chance to subscribe to the Xbox All Access. A program that gives its subscribers admission to a large library of games during the validity of subscription.

With limited capability in its potential to deliver games, subscription for Series S owners comes at $25/month. Which, for the reason opposite, is $10 cheaper than the $35/month subscription for Series X users.

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