Microsoft Has Confirmed The Compact Xbox Series S

Following in quick succession after a rather enticing leak, Microsoft hasn’t only confirmed that the Xbox Series S exists but also that it’ll have a retail price of just $299 in the United States, €299.99 in Europe, and £249.99 in the U.K.

As you can see from the image above, the Xbox Series S looks very similar to the current Xbox One S, including the single USB port and the “X” power button. The image also confirms that it can sit either vertically or horizontally as you’d expect. Apparently, the Xbox Series S is so small that you can fit it inside the new Xbox Series X. Obviously, the Series S doesn’t have a disc drive, but will it be as “next-gen capable” as the larger Xbox Series X?

What Makes the Xbox Series S Different From the Series X?

Outside of the obvious difference in size, the Xbox Series S is the entry-level next-gen Xbox. It lacks a disc drive, and while Microsoft has yet to confirm any specs for the Series S, it’s widely believed that GPU and Ram will cut back – a necessary evil to keep such a low price point and to make for such a compact console. It will still be capable of playing all next-gen games, and is believed to feature the same CPU, but won’t deliver the same graphics or (probably) framerates made possible b the larger Series X. Then again, previous rumors suggested that the Series S would be the same as the Series X minus the disc drive.

That said, Xbox promises to release more information soon, and with the next-gen Xbox Series X expected to debut in early November, we don’t have very long to wait. Be sure to stick close, as we’ll be sure to update you as soon as we learn more about the Xbox Series S.

Xbox Series X PlayStation 5
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Die Size 360.45mm2 N/A
Process TSMC 7nm Enhanced N/A
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s 448GB/s
Internal Storage 1TB Custom NVMe SSD Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput 2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed) 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage 1TB Expansion Card NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB 3.2 HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive