Xbox Series S Price and Design Officially Revealed

by in General | Sep, 8th 2020

After many months of rumors and leaks, we finally know how the Xbox Series S will look and its retail price! At just $299, Microsoft seems to have an absolute winner on their hands! Over the last couple of hours, multiple high profile leaks hit the web and naturally caught on like wildfire. As a result, Microsoft made the right decision to announce the console officially and confirm all the hype surrounding it.

The Xbox Series S is the smallest Xbox Microsoft ever made, and yet it’s one of its strongest. How small, you might ask? According to official information, it’s around 60% smaller than the Series X! We already reported on the Series S recently. However, back then, all we had to work with were convincing rumors. This time around, however, things are official, and that changes everything. First of all, a $299 retail price for next-gen gaming is insanely alluring, and it’s fair to assume that the Xbox Series S will sell like hotcakes as a result.

What You Can Expect

Granted, it won’t be nearly as powerful as the Xbox Series X, but most gamers don’t need all that power. Instead, they’d much rather get some of that next-gen action for a fraction of the cost. The Series X will supposedly provide gamers with up to 120 FPS at 4K. The Series S, on the other hand, is targeting the same frame rate but at 1440p. The only “fixed” parameter, however, is the resolution. Microsoft was wise to highlight “up to” 120 FPS — that’s a mark that the Series S probably won’t ever hit unless we’re talking about a less graphically intensive title. Still, its GPU will be noticeably stronger than an RX 580, which is nothing to scoff at.

Its 4 TFLOPS of power doesn’t sound all that impressive on paper (especially not when compared to Series X’s 12 TFLOPS), but it’s not a universal metric, and it shouldn’t be used for comparisons in a vacuum. The Series S will have a GPU based on AMD’s upcoming RDNA2 architecture, so even though it might not have a ton of horsepower, it’ll still be far better than most expect. 120 FPS is the end goal, but we’re pretty sure that 60 FPS at 1440p is what most titles will provide.

That, frankly speaking, sounds pretty darn great if developers manage to deliver. That’s all for the “official” part. Unofficially, the Xbox Series S will come with a custom 512 GB NVMe SSD (blazing fast read and write speeds). It’ll have raytracing support, variable-rate shading and refresh rate, along with 4K upscaling — probably something like the checkerboard method currently employed by the PlayStation 4 Pro.

This list of features is insane given the asking price. AMD and Microsoft had to come out with something competitive after Nvidia stole the show with its RTX 30 series graphics cards. Gamers will have a hard time deciding which route to go for once the holiday season comes around. By the looks of it, they’ll get a lot of bang for their buck no matter what they opt for.

According to Windows Central, both next-gen consoles from Microsoft will ship on Nov. 10. The more powerful variant will retail for $499, which is also a bargain given what it’ll pack under the hood. We’ll bring you more coverage as details emerge!


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