Xbox Series S Review. The cheapest next gen console.

Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is undeniably the cheapest next gen console out there now. Available for only $299 which corresponds to ₹34,990.

Let’s take closer look at the Series S.

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Design

Source: The Verge

Microsoft took a different approach with the Series X and S unlike Sony. Both the Ps5 are of the same form factor even though one of them lacks the disc drive. But the Series S is considerably smaller than the Series X because it lacks a physical disc drive. The Series S is significantly smaller than even the Xbox One S. The Series also look different from the Series X with it’s black and white design. But we all know that a matte black design would’ve been much appreciated.

The black air vent on the top makes it resemble to a speaker more than a console. On the front we have an offset power button and a usb 3.2 port. On the back it has all the same ports as the Series X. The Xbox Series S is only 275mm (10.8 inches) tall, 151mm (5.9 inches) deep, and 63.5mm (2.5 inches) wide in a vertical position. And for me the Series S look good in both vertical and horizontal orientations.


Performance


The Xbox Series S though smaller does include a more powerful CPU and SSD storage. These hardware improvements along with 4 teraflops of GPU performance improves existing games. This results in dramatic improvements in the load times for most games. Both the Series X and the Series S are equipped with a 8 core AMD Zen2 CPU. And the Series S has lower clock speed at 3.6GHz vs the 3.8GHz on the Series X. Both are also equipped with a AMD RDNA2 GPU. But the X is a far bit more powerful with the 12 teraflops compared to the 4 on the S, this means the games can render 4K resolution upto a 120 fps to the 1440p upto a 120 fps on the S. The S also has a lower 10gb ram compared to the 16gb on the X.

All this means that the S will be able to handle high frame rates for the titles that require it. But the image won’t be as sharp or detailed. And if you want to get the best visual experience from your games, the Series S might not be able to provide it. And in the long run with more games with better graphics coming out you might want to reconsider your choice. The internal storage of only 512gb also adds to this concern. Having to download the games this might be a little insufficient.

The game load speed is better than both the Xbox One and the Xbox One S. And another impressive feature is the Quick Resume available to both the Series X and Series S. Which allows you to enter back into a suspended game and you can resume from where you left out which makes you feel that you never left the game. Switching between games are smoother and the quirk of being able to continue playing where you left the game is a cherry on the top. The UI and dashboard remains same as that of the previous generation Xbox and is the same for the Series X also. This might be a let down for some people who wanted some change but as its the same navigating through seems easier.



Some other common features


Both the Xbox Series X and S has full backward compatability with Xbox One games as well as several Xbox 360. And also original Xbox games that were supported on the Xbox One. This list also includes Xbox One games that have been or will be released with special enhanced versions optimized for the Xbox Series X and Series S. Both the consoles have the same controllers. Both have the Quick Resume feature as mentioned above,. Also they both have DirectX Raytracing, and both the consoles support gaming at 120fps.


Our Review

Overall the Xbox Series S seems like a good deal to me. As someone who doesn’t game too intensively the won’t probably have a large collection of games it fits my requirements. Its compact, packs almost the same power as the higher end Series X and is considerably cheaper. While I might have gone with the Series S, it doesn’t mean that the Series X is not worth it. If your into hardcore gaming and want to collect all the interesting titles that comes out, the Series X would be a better choice with its higher storage capacity and the disc drive.

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John Varghese

Turned on by phones, here just to give my view on things.

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