Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S Features and Specs: Which One Should You Buy?

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Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S Features and Specs: Which One Should You Buy?

With the Xbox Series X and S on the way, it’s hard to know what one you should be getting. In this article, we’ll help you with that decision.

So, to get down the basics. The Series X is the more expensive ($499), and the more powerful option. The Series S comes in at $299, making it $200 cheaper than the Series X at RRP.

Xbox Series S vs Series X spec

XboSeries S:

  • CPU: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT enabled)
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 20 compute units @ 1.565GHz
  • GPU power: 4 TFLOPS
  • SoC: Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC
  • Memory: 10GB GDDR6 (8GB @ 224GB/s, 2GB @ 56GB/s)
  • Internal Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD (2.4GB/sec uncompressed, 4.8GB/s compressed)
  • Expandable storage: 1TB Expansion Card

An infographic from ESTNN breaking down the specifications of the Xbox Series X

For the Series X:

  • CPU – 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU – 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • Memory – 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
  • Memory Bandwidth – 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
  • Internal Storage – 1TB Custom NVME SSD
  • Expandable Storage – 1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)

Clearly, the Series X is vastly superior to the Series S on paper, though does the $200 price increase justify it? The Series X is the next-generation console of the two. Targeting 4k resolutions and 60 FPS the Series X is the option you’ll want if you want to fully embrace next-generation.

The Series S comes at a position in between the Xbox One X and Series X. Offering a slightly less powerful unit, though still a step up on the previous generation. The Series S looks to be the option of choice for those who don’t have an Xbox One and are looking to move to Xbox for the new generation.

In summary; The Series X is for people wanting to make the most of that 4K TV and have a console to last the next generation (or until we get an Series X X…) for those looking to pick up an Series S, you’ll get games at 1440p and 120FPS, which for some might actually be an advantage. Though we suspect the Series X will feature a resolution vs framerate option, as seen in the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: our verdict

It’s all going to come down to what you see as good value and if you want a disc drive. As we said above, the Series X is clearly aimed at people wanting to get the very best out of the next generation. With the Series S targeting those that are looking to get into the generation without dropping that extra $200.

One omission from the Series S that’s not often mentioned is its lack of a disc drive. Though Xbox will allow you to expand the storage, this limitation could have a larger impact later in the generation. We’ve already seen this generation games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare go over 200GB of storage used, with the game reaching 250GB with all content installed.

Size is also something to consider. With the Series X coming in at the same height as the Series S, but coming at a considerable thickness increase. The console is also over double the weight of the Series S at 4.4KG.

  • Series X: 15.1 cm × 15.1 cm × 30.1 cm (5.9 in × 5.9 in × 11.9 in)
  • Series S: 15.1 cm × 6.5 cm × 27.5 cm (5.9 in × 2.6 in × 11 in)

Regardless of the choice you make, both consoles will see you go into the next generation with a serious bit of kit. With the Series X obviously lasting longer than the Series S on a technical level. Though, with games getting more powerful by the month, it won’t be a matter of time until we see a 1.5 version of either of these systems.

Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S Features and Specs: Which One Should You Buy?
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last ten years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist. David later became Editor at ESTNN and now leads the current team.